August 6, 2007

TODD ZYWICKI LOOKS AT taxes and the increase in families going bankrupt: “[Since 1973] taxes increase in the example by $13,086. By contrast, annual mortgage obligations increased by only $3690 and automobile obligations by $2860 and health insurance $620. Those increases are not trivial, but they are swamped by the increase in tax obligations. To put this in perspective, the increase in tax obligations is over three times as large as the increase in the mortgage (the supposed driver of the ‘two income trap’) and about double the increase in the combined obligations of mortgage and automobile payments. . . . Overall, the typical family in the 2000s pays substantially more in taxes than in their mortgage, automobile expenses, and health insurance costs combined. And the growth in the tax obligation between the two periods is substantially greater the growth in mortgage, automobile expenses, and health insurance costs combined.”

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