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How do I tax thee? : a field guide to the great American rip-off

Author: Kristin Tate
Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"We all know the government taxes our income. Federal, state, and local taxes are withheld by employers, as are Social Security payments. But what about the many other ways the government covertly drains money from our wallets? Have you studied your cell phone bill? Customers in New York State pay an average of 24.36% in combined taxes on their wireless bills. They're also charged for obscure services they didn't  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kristin Tate
ISBN: 9781250169662 1250169666 9781250169679 1250169674
OCLC Number: 1019834033
Notes: "All point Books.'
Description: 276 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The taxman owns you --
Part I: The basics. Transportation : the fleecing starts on your way to work ; Food : time to panic--it's too expensive to buy organic! ; Renting : renting? Welcome to the 4th circle of Hell! ; Utilities : help! The taxes are coming from inside the house! ; Cable : what Game of Thrones really costs you ; Debauchery : too faded to notice you're getting screwed? ; Cell phones : your smartphone is way smarter than you ; Leisure : having a good time? Pay the toll! ; Sharing economy : you're sharing with more people than you realize --
Part II: Advanced adulting. Cars : animals on wheels must pay ; Pets : the hidden cost of unconditional love ; House : buying a home? Your dreams are in escrow ; Vacation taxes : resort robberies ; Education : if $200,000 in tuition weren't enough ; Medical : and you thought $500 for a pill was ridiculous ; Death : free at last? Not so fast --
Part III: What you can do. Not a single penny : is it possible to pay no taxes? ; Pursuing alternatives : it's right to demand better.
Responsibility: Kristin Tate.

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"We all know the government taxes our income. Federal, state, and local taxes are withheld by employers, as are Social Security payments. But what about the many other ways the government covertly drains money from our wallets? Have you studied your cell phone bill? Customers in New York State pay an average of 24.36% in combined taxes on their wireless bills. They're also charged for obscure services they didn't ask for and don't understand, like a universal service fund fee, an FCC compliance fee, a line service fee, and an emergency services fee. These aren't taxes, strictly speaking. The government imposes these administrative and regulatory costs, and your wireless provider passes them along to you. What about your cable bill? Your power bill? Your trash bill? The cost of groceries, a gallon of gas, a cab ride, a hotel stay, and a movie ticket are all inflated by hidden fees. How much of what you pay at the grocery store, pump, airport, or the box office is really an indirect tax? In a series of short, pointed, fact-laden, humorous chapters, Kristin Tate exposes how up to half of your income is siphoned straight into federal, state, and city government coffers--and also where these hidden taxes and fees come from."--Jacket.

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