Letters to the Editor

More on federal tax increases

I was surprised the paper would publish a letter of such blatant falsehoods as submitted by Charles Robinson on Jan. 1 concerning supposed 2015 federal tax increases. Robinson needs to find an accurate source to provide him with federal tax law and its various provisions. He lists a litany of tax increases that were caused by the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and they were done so without a single Republican vote. Suffice it to say that besides mixing apples with oranges his entire attempt is to blame Democrats for the supposed tax increases. The increases he enunciates, almost entirely, only apply to those with taxable income over $450,000 a year, very few of whom live in Belleville and its environs.

These tax increases on the most wealthy were not in any way connected to Obamacare but were passed in the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. That law was passed with substantial Republican support. Also, the increases took affect on Jan. 1, 2013, not on Jan. 1, 2015, as Robinson claims. His additional claim that dividend taxes increased from 15 percent to 39.6 percent is a confusion, on his part, as to the difference between qualified and non qualified dividends. His reference to an increase in “payroll” taxes is without any basis in fact. The entire thrust of his letter is fallacious and misleading.

Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon