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Comment Re:Mutually Assured Destruction (Score 1) 175 175

That's the 'benefit' of patents - you don't need to sell your own products in order to profit. What percentage of Android devices sold do Microsoft get patent royalties for? Less so for iOS, but there's still some degree of licencing - ActiveSync for example.

Comment Re:Oh grow up (Score 1) 569 569

I know exactly what a median is - the middle value of an ordered set. I guess you aren't actually reading the linked Wiki page, but for your given set the median would be 1. Here's Wolfram Alpha if you don't believe me. Again, by definition, exactly the same number of people earn above the median wage as earn below the median wage. The mean would be skewed by an unbalanced income distribution as it's calculated based on the values, but the median is based on the position of the values within the set and so outliers have a negligible impact.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance (Score 1) 592 592

My idea is to split personal income taxes into two categories - earned and unearned. Earned is salaries, piece work, etc... IE you 'did' something to earn that money. Unearned is capital gains, interest, dividends, and such, money earned from the simple fact that you 'owned' something. Your first ~$10k of income in either category is taxed at 0%, after that it's tiered in parallel like the current system. Assuming an average return rate of 5%, that's $200k in investments before you start having to pay taxes on the return, which is a good amount for emergencies, college, early retirement, and what not.

That's pretty much what the UK has already. A certain amount of your annual income is tax free (about £8000 this year) after which income above that is taxed at 20% up to the next tier, above which income is taxed at 40%.

Capital gains are taxed at 18% or 28% depending on your total income, with the first £10000 in a financial year tax free. Dividend income is taxed at at the income tax rate, with a deduction to account for corporation tax (so you'd only pay income tax on the dividend if you're taxed at 40%). Bank interest is also taxed at your income tax rate (20% automatically witheld, if you're a higher rate taxpayer you declare the remaining tax on your tax return). Stock held within a tax-free account (pension, ISA) attracts no capital gains tax and no additional tax on dividends.

Obviously, if the corporation tax is abolished somebody is going to have to make up that tax revenue, which ends up being the tax-paying citizens, so the tax rate for us is only going to go up. And bear in mind that similarly to large corporations, many high net worth individuals take advantage of loopholes in the tax code to minimize their tax bill. It's not a sense of injustice that makes people go into the 'shady' areas of the law to avoid tax, it's greed.

Comment Re:Why should corporations pay taxes anyway? (Score 1) 592 592

They would hire more people or pay them more.

Why would they do that? They're not charities, employing people for the fun of it. Unless there's a need for more employees, nobody else is going to be employed, and those that are employed aren't going to earn any more than the companies can get away with paying them based on the job market. And even then, those employees (and everyone else) are going to have to pay more in tax to make up for the loss of corporation tax.

Are Facebook, Google, et al. who are paying miniscule amounts of tax in Europe and elsewhere demonstrating your theory? By the relative unemployment levels between there and the US, I'm guessing not.

Comment Re:Title is misleading (Score 1) 510 510

Because as humans, we tend to hold ourselves above inanimate objects that wouldn't exist if it were not for us creating them.

Candlesticks wouldn't exist if it weren't for a supplier making them, whereas if every company signs an exclusive contract with a union, you're forcing people to join a union to get work.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr

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