At NRO, Jim Geraghty gets right to the point on Tax Day:
Gallup: “Half of Americans believe the amount they pay in federal income taxes is too high, while 43% consider it about right and 4% too low.”
Bloomberg news: “More than 45 percent of U.S. households won’t owe federal income taxes for 2010.” (links original)
Because it’s highly unlikely that people already paying no federal income taxes will see those taxes go down, opposition to broad-based tax reform is probably always going to start in the mid- to high 40s. I’d like to see a poll about tax reform conducted only among those who actually pay federal income taxes.
Relatedly, from The Hill: “Tax advisers: Prepare to pay higher rates in the future.” It seems these tax advisers don’t buy the idea that politicians are going to reform the tax code to broaden and simplify the tax base and then flatten and lower rates. Or, maybe tax advisers just don’t like the idea of a simpler, flatter tax code…
– By Kyle Wingfield