But withholding is what makes people shout to the high heavens for tax relief. They never get around to figuring out what they really paid in taxes as I have (I asked a small sampling of my coworkers. Not one knew the percentage of their tax paid versus their income, either gross or AGI). As you can see from my figures, I'm not being hurt too badly. Had one of the flat tax proposals from about twenty years ago passed, I'd be paying more than I am now. As I recall, one of the proposals had me paying 17% of my gross! SCAM!
Sure, there are also FICA and SSI and state and local sales and property and auto ...and...and... I'll maybe get to summing all of those someday. But if one thinks about all the things that the Federal government does for me and my family, paid out of my income tax, I'd call that a bargain — the best I ever had.