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KERRYS PAID JUST 12% IN FEDERAL INCOME TAXES IN 2003
AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2004 | CHRISTOPHER BUTLER

Posted on 09/10/2004 12:19:25 PM PDT by CHARLITE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - John Kerry has repeatedly called for increasing taxes on the "wealthy" so the affluent "pay their fair share" for the "common good." Ironically, John and Theresa Heinz Kerry, who comprise one the richest families in the world, pay relatively little income tax.

Last year, John Kerry and his wife paid just 12% of their combined income in income taxes, despite their assertion that the rich should contribute increased amounts to government coffers. In contrast, President and Mrs. Bush, who had a substantially lower income than the Kerry's, paid over 28% in taxes.

"John Kerry wants other Americans to pay higher taxes while he and his wife manage to pay a rate lower than most of the middle class," said ATR President Grover Norquist. "Apparently, the Kerry's think everyone else should pay higher taxes but them."

In addition to finding loopholes and write-offs to decrease his taxes, John Kerry has declined to pay a small, voluntary tax in his home state. The Massachusetts state income tax code contains a provision allowing payers to contribute an extra .6% of their income to benefit the commonwealth. Kerry has consistently failed to pay the extra money, which would have amounted to $687 dollars last year.

"John Kerry thinks other hardworking Americans should pay more taxes while he and his billionaire wife pay as little as possible," continued Norquist. "The hypocrisy John Kerry shows on his own tax return is not indicative of the character and judgment America needs in our President." Contact: Christopher Butler (202) 785-0266 cbutler@atr.org


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 12; incometaxpaid; johnkerry; kerry; lesstax; loopholes; nottooswiftboat; richestamericans; taxes; taxevasion; teresakerry; yacht
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1 posted on 09/10/2004 12:19:26 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

zing...la


2 posted on 09/10/2004 12:20:57 PM PDT by TheSuaveOne
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To: CHARLITE
Limousine Liberal... taxes are for the little people
3 posted on 09/10/2004 12:22:21 PM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: CHARLITE

Not only that, Kerry has NEVER volunteered to pay the optional higher state income tax rate in Massachusetts.


4 posted on 09/10/2004 12:23:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: CHARLITE

Obviously, it's Bush's fault. Tax cuts for the rich and all that.


5 posted on 09/10/2004 12:23:25 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Molon Labe! FMCDH!)
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To: CHARLITE
I don't understand why a guy who has $500+ million is collecting a taxpayer funded salary anyway?
6 posted on 09/10/2004 12:24:15 PM PDT by lizma
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To: CHARLITE

Come on now you know the rich are a lot of things but they certainly aren't dumb... The loopholes in the tax code that the president wants to get rid of and simplify will sting people like the Heinz-Kerry's and help the middle class. The problem as John Kerry elitess is aware is that the very rich do not pay their fair share.. elitess scum..


7 posted on 09/10/2004 12:24:27 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (Do not let the UN make decisions for the protection of the United States... VOTE for George W. Bush)
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To: CHARLITE

UH OH, there goes the tax issue in the debates. Bush will be armed, loaded and waiting for him to bring it up.


8 posted on 09/10/2004 12:24:41 PM PDT by Casloy (qs)
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To: CHARLITE

Don't you understand? The "rich" like Three Bandaids and Ketchup Woman pay their taxes in the form of "carring" for the poor! Lip service is more important than paying taxes....

Seriously, one also needs to note than the Bushes paid about 10% of their gross income to charities (Churches, etc.) The Kerrys paid hardy anything.


9 posted on 09/10/2004 12:25:23 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: All

bookmark


10 posted on 09/10/2004 12:26:16 PM PDT by labowski ("The Dude Abideth")
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To: CHARLITE
As F'n would say:

"Let them eat Canh Chua Dau Ca. No, wait.. I meant 'Cake' before I meant Canh Chua Dau Ca."

11 posted on 09/10/2004 12:26:48 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: lizma

Good point. I think congressional and cabinet positions should be means tested for salaries.


12 posted on 09/10/2004 12:27:26 PM PDT by ampat
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To: Sola Veritas

Let's not let this get hidden by the flood of forged memos.
By the way, how do we know that these were really Kerry's tax returns?


13 posted on 09/10/2004 12:27:31 PM PDT by pushforbush
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Bump to find later


14 posted on 09/10/2004 12:27:59 PM PDT by listenhillary (We are defending the peace by taking the fight to the enemy.GWB)
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To: CHARLITE

If Kerry thought he had a bad month in August, he must feel like the campaign is really turning his direction is September. {;^)


15 posted on 09/10/2004 12:28:31 PM PDT by Henchster
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To: CHARLITE

The tax returns are probably forgeries.


16 posted on 09/10/2004 12:28:48 PM PDT by tractorman
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To: Mikey_1962
Limousine Liberal... taxes are for the little people

Yep! That pretty well sums it up.

17 posted on 09/10/2004 12:30:16 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Doomonyou
Obviously, it's Bush's fault. Tax cuts for the rich and all that.

I had no idea it had gone this far. The very wealthly pay a much smaller percentage of their income in taxes than I do. I guess however, they are in the 5% that pays most of the income taxes in America.

18 posted on 09/10/2004 12:34:14 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: lizma
I don't understand why a guy who has $500+ million is collecting a taxpayer funded salary anyway?

For a job he refuses to show up to.

19 posted on 09/10/2004 12:35:21 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Adesso vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano")
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To: CHARLITE; Cincinatus' Wife; MeekOneGOP; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Grampa Dave

BTTT


20 posted on 09/10/2004 12:37:57 PM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: CHARLITE

I'm for increasing taxes on the rich like Kerry. 15% flat tax for everyone, no loopholes, no deductions.


21 posted on 09/10/2004 12:38:03 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The New Media: Thank God and Algore for the Internet!)
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To: CHARLITE

A very good ad about Kerry and taxes! Check it out!
http://www.scaryjohnkerry.com/taxes.htm


22 posted on 09/10/2004 12:38:49 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

With a consumption based tax, a well-married guy like Kerry would pay a fair tax on all his yachts, Ducatis and other rich man's toys--but Democrats won't stand for it.


23 posted on 09/10/2004 12:44:33 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: CHARLITE

Who wants to make a bet this DOESN'T get a mention in the mainstream press?

(I need some easy money)


24 posted on 09/10/2004 12:47:08 PM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: CHARLITE

My wife and I paid 25% or so in fed income confiscation taxes last year. Kerry is a lying pig. Period.


25 posted on 09/10/2004 12:47:14 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (The time is coming for all true Patriots to rise up and take back this Republic!)
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To: Rebelbase
I agree. Completely.

Unfortunately, and entire industry has a vested interest in keeping the tax code as Byzantine and impenetrable as possible.

The more convoluted and impossible to understand the tax code is, the better for those folks.
26 posted on 09/10/2004 12:47:42 PM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: CHARLITE

Kerry is for soaking the rich....other rich people, that is.


27 posted on 09/10/2004 12:47:55 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: Callahan

You won't see this on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC


28 posted on 09/10/2004 12:48:24 PM PDT by USA_Soccer (Try a better (free + open source) browser -> Mozilla Firefox @ mozilla.org)
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To: CHARLITE

Great find a great post.

It has really been a great week for elite Kerry's.


29 posted on 09/10/2004 12:48:29 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Kerry = The Wrong Candidate in the Wrong Country at the Wrong Time (post 9/11)!)
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To: CHARLITE

"Do you know who I am?"


30 posted on 09/10/2004 12:48:43 PM PDT by brewcrew
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To: mhking; MeekOneGOP; nutmeg; Ernest_at_the_Beach; backhoe; Peach; FL_engineer; BOBTHENAILER; ...

Please read, get mad and ping your ping list and send to your email friends/relatives.


31 posted on 09/10/2004 12:49:58 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Kerry = The Wrong Candidate in the Wrong Country at the Wrong Time (post 9/11)!)
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To: EdReform

Thanks for the ping about these tax evading/dodging elite limo/Gulf Stream elite fascists, the Kerry's!


32 posted on 09/10/2004 12:51:10 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Kerry = The Wrong Candidate in the Wrong Country at the Wrong Time (post 9/11)!)
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To: silverleaf

Thanks. I am forwarding to some people right now.


33 posted on 09/10/2004 12:52:25 PM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Grampa Dave

This can be turned into a great debate question. Lets see:

"Mr Kerry, you have often said that the rich, and I assume that includes yourself, should pay their fair share of taxes. In fact, you have made this a centerpiece of your campaign. How come you haven't set an example, and pay only 12% in taxes?"


34 posted on 09/10/2004 12:53:18 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: USA_Soccer
You won't see this on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC

No, but you'll surely see another hit piece on George Bush's National Guard service, or on how rotten things are in Iraq, or how bad the "Bush Economy" is.....

Or you can do what I do: don't watch them. (I feel great, and my permanent headache's gone!)

35 posted on 09/10/2004 12:56:47 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: TheLion

Oh, yeah. I'm sure whichever liberal MSM toadie is moderating that night will ask that one. :0)


36 posted on 09/10/2004 12:57:45 PM PDT by Skooz (My Biography: Psalm 40:1-3)
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To: Grampa Dave

Isn't that an outrage! No wonder Kerry thinks he should be paying more in taxes. He should!


37 posted on 09/10/2004 12:59:46 PM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Skooz

If I were Bush, I wouldn't do one of these damn debates stocked with left-wing MSM types. I would get an equal number of well known conservatives on the panel or otherwise forget the freakin debates!


38 posted on 09/10/2004 1:01:00 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: TheLion

Kerry is the walking, breathing definition of a Limousine Liberal. He's beyond parody. I wonder how many windsurf boards, motorcycles and fancy skeet guns he bought last year with that .6%.


39 posted on 09/10/2004 1:06:32 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: Callahan

This is just more proof that everything he says is campaign rhetoric.


40 posted on 09/10/2004 1:09:59 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: TheLion

This press release is 2 days old. Why haven't we seen this story on Drudge or heard it on Rush or Hannity?


41 posted on 09/10/2004 1:12:43 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: Callahan

Probably because of the CBS snafu....that would be my guess.


42 posted on 09/10/2004 1:14:07 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: CHARLITE

BUMP!!!


43 posted on 09/10/2004 1:21:03 PM PDT by T Minus Four (I'm T Minus Four, and I approved this post.)
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To: CHARLITE

Supposedly of Teresa's $5 million income last year, $2.5 million was interest from tax free municipal bonds. Income that will never be taxable. I wonder how much bonds she holds at today's low interest rates. It doesn't matter if sKerry raises taxes, because their income is sheltered.


44 posted on 09/10/2004 1:36:16 PM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
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To: T Minus Four

Then you have the whole hypocrisy of not paying the voluntary higher state tax rate in Mass which he get's a pass on.

His sidekick (Breckgirl the nonveteran) launders his $40 million in dirty lawsuit income through a flim flam corporation as dividends avoiding hundreds of thousands in Medicare taxes.

Of course both shysters have not returned their unearned Senate salaries back to the treasury as the law requires.


45 posted on 09/10/2004 1:37:24 PM PDT by Wristpin
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To: CHARLITE
John Kerry and his wife paid just 12% of their combined income in income taxes, despite their assertion that the rich should contribute increased amounts

WTF!? That is less than me!!!

I can not wait to hear this on the Communist Broadcasting Network this evening. /sarc

46 posted on 09/10/2004 1:38:59 PM PDT by Indie (Ignorance of the truth is no excuse for stupidity.)
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To: CHARLITE

btt


47 posted on 09/10/2004 1:42:06 PM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: CHARLITE; Grampa Dave; Alamo-Girl; onyx; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; ...
KERRYS PAID JUST 12% IN FEDERAL INCOME TAXES IN 2003

Excerpt:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - John Kerry has repeatedly called for increasing taxes on the "wealthy" so the affluent "pay their fair share" for the "common good." Ironically, John and Theresa Heinz Kerry, who comprise one the richest families in the world, pay relatively little income tax.

Last year, John Kerry and his wife paid just 12% of their combined income in income taxes, despite their assertion that the rich should contribute increased amounts to government coffers. In contrast, President and Mrs. Bush, who had a substantially lower income than the Kerry's, paid over 28% in taxes.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


48 posted on 09/10/2004 1:52:09 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Grampa Dave


49 posted on 09/10/2004 1:52:44 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: CHARLITE

How dare you question John Kerry's patriotism! ;-)


50 posted on 09/10/2004 1:55:20 PM PDT by ShandaLear (Rather lied, CBS News died.)
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