ActionAmerica Tax Freedom Day Clocks Updated for 2011

The Tax Foundation just released their annual update for Tax Freedom Day and ActionAmerica.org has updated our Tax Freedom Day Clocks, accordingly.


This year, the average taxpaying American will have to work till April 12, to earn enough money to pay all of his taxes for the year. In low-tax Mississippi, the average taxpayer will work till March 26, to pay his tax bills, while over-taxed Connecticut taxpayers will have to work till May 2, to pay their enormous tax burden - that's more than a third of the year.


The question that you must ask yourself is, "Are the services that I am getting from the government worth from 23% to 34% of my work life?"


Or to put it another way, "Are the services that I am getting from the government worth from 23% to 34% of everything that I am paid and couldn't I acquire many of those services better and for less money, if I paid for them myself?"


The Tax Freedom Day Clock, that appears in the first comment after this post, is a constant ticking reminder that all working Americans are effectively "slaves" for a quarter to a third of the year. (For some reason, I cannot attach the Flash-based clock to a primary post on TPN, but I can attach it to a comment. Go figure...)


Please visit our site and grab the code snippet, to post it to your own sites or on social networking sites and forums, as I have posted it below. As an embedded Flash widget, it uses our server bandwidth - not yours.


Spread it around, as a way to remind folks just how much of our work goes to support the government.

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Comment by Robert L. Voelsing Sr. on April 3, 2011 at 11:56pm

From 1966 to 2001 I paid thru the schnozz,,taxes the for Fed @ 15-20% &up,,,7.5% for SS,,6% for NYS & 3% for NYC,,not to mention "Dues" of all types coing out of my weekly ,,then bi-weekly paycheck,,,,with only a few deductions available to try to get some back every April 15th.      Now it's MY turn to make them beg for more. I retired ,,,& now I pay only 4K on over 50K pension to the Fed,,,1K ,,4 times a year,,the other 8 months the whole pension check is MINE,,,,,AND,,,,it's all legal,,,,in fact the FED is the one who showed me how to screw them. I am now 'exempt' from NY State income tax on my pension,(all legal) & I don't pay SS or NYC Tax any more..   I collect from the Military,,tax free,,& in November ,,I file for my SS at 62.    THEN ,,thanks to that big fat friend of the working man,,,Al "I am not a liar " Gore,,,I have to pay taxes ,,AGAIN,,,on my SS income on the first 10K.    Don't ya jus' LOVE Al Gore???       That money has ALREADY been taxed,,right?

I used to live in an in-laws house in the Bronx,,,& 'cause he was laid off,,we paid his larger of the 2 mortgages & his property taxes,,,,12K for 1,,,& 3,500 for the other. NOW,,,I have a farm that's paid for & the property tax is only 2K on hundreds of acres,,,instead of a little 'attached' brick in the city,,with constantly rising taxes.

SO,,,boys & girls,,,,listen to one who has paid taxes for ever,,,,move out of the Big Cities,,,save your money & your sanity,,,not to mention your souls & spirit for it is going to hit the fan,,especially if OBAMA gets in again,,& you know that the PRO-Left will pull every trick in the Book (Alinsky's ) to abuse & humiliate us & our Candidate in 2012.     If the Dems bring a flame-thrower,,,WE bring a flame-throwing TANK,,,,OK???

Comment by John Gaver on April 2, 2011 at 2:47pm

"Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one's taxes."
— Justice Learned Hand
     Helvering v. Gregory, 69 F.2d 810 (1934)


Congress and the IRS have been trying to subvert that finding ever since. They are trying their best to equate tax avoidance, which is the entirely legitimate use of deductions, with tax evasion, which is basically fraud. They want to play the same sort of word games that they do, when they tell us that the income tax is voluntary. Of course, when anyone voluntarily refuses to pay income tax, he goes to jail. They want to tell us that we have all these great deductions that we can take for childcare, eldercare, healthcare, business expenses, depreciation and other such things. But if we take any of those deductions, they'll call it tax avoidance and since they consider tax avoidance equivalent to tax evasion, you go to jail.


We have to abolish the income tax and IRS and move to the FairTax, where there are no such games to be played.

Comment by Cliff Parker on April 2, 2011 at 9:01am
I am guilty. I take advantage of every legal way to minimize taxes. String me up. Guilty as sin.
Comment by John Gaver on April 1, 2011 at 7:06pm

Ron, even state level taxes are out of control - some states more than others. People are fleeing the high tax states and moving to low-tax states, in droves.


But worse, wealthy taxpayers are moving from the USA to other more wealth friendly countries at the highest rate in history. According to Zogby, more than 3 million Americans are leaving every year.

Comment by John Gaver on April 1, 2011 at 12:13pm

Here's the Tax Freedom Day Clock again, since it has moved onto a back page.


Comment by Richard Morris on April 1, 2011 at 12:05am
Should be Tax Free Year after Year!  Since 1913 Congress graciously authorized tax ONLY ON YOUR NET INCOME NOT GROSS INCOME,  AND IS STILL NOT A LAW.  The IRS is an american mafia and that is degrading the mafia, for they are a "business family".
Comment by John Gaver on March 31, 2011 at 7:26pm
I'll go back over some of the questions that were raised is several other posts, all at once.

Michael Ross Ault stated: Of course that doesn't include State, County, City, sales, gas or the other myriad taxes…:)

Actually, Tax Freedom Day is based upon gross national income, regardless of where derived and gross tax collections, at all levels of government. They get data from a variety of sources - most notably, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the CBO. Check out their paper on how they calculate Tax Freedom Day. It's really very thorough and very fair. You can find it at: http://taxfoundation.org/publications/show/23039.html

Thomas suggested that Tax Freedom Day for 2010 was Aug 19 and for 2011, would be Aug 21.

Actually, when you divide total taxes actually collected, at all levels of government, by the total income of all Americans, including so-called, "non-taxable income", in 2010, Tax Freedom Day was April 9 and in 2011, it is April 12. Of course, the deficit included Tax Freedom Day jumps all the way up to May 23. I don't know where you got the August dates. Perhaps you are thinking of England's deficit-included Tax Freedom Day. But I don't recall that the Adam Smith Institute published that date, though without taking the time to go look it up, I can't be sure.

Charles Pritchard asks, "What services?"

Keep in mind that Tax Freedom Day includes state and local tax burdens. Also, although we don't often think of it, we receive a lot of services from the various branches of government. Roads, schools, police and fire protection and military protection are just the big ones that come to mind. Of course, except for schools, all of those are legitimate uses of government. It's the other so-called "services" that the government provides, that we should be questioning.

Steve A. Politte, I'm glad that you have it working on your site.

Michael Goodfellow points out that everyone pays taxes. I'll just add to that the fact that even when you buy a used shirt, at a 2nd hand shop, the price that you pay, is based partly on the price of the new shirt, including tax. That's because the price of used items is based upon the price of a similar new item, including tax. That means that everyone pays corporate income tax, even if it is second-hand.

I'm glad that folks like the Tax Freedom Clock. I just wish that we didn't need it.
Comment by Michael Goodfellow on March 31, 2011 at 6:46pm


Lest we forget, nobody is truly free from paying taxes.  You, and many others, simply write of income taxes.

We have income taxes, use taxes, sales taxes, the list goes on and on. 

Comment by Donald W Ronk jr on March 31, 2011 at 6:19pm

I find it amazing that we admire our founding fathers for their courage, valor and willingness to sacrafice all for liberty.

This begs the question have we been Taxed Enough Already? The obvious answer is yes.


This calls to mind Mel Gibson's line in the movie Patriot," Tell me why I should trade one tyrant 3000 miles away, for 3000 tyrants a mile away? A representative government can just as easily trample mens rights as well as a king."


 Have they trampled our rights and liberty enough? This answer is up to you as well as me.

Comment by Steve A. Politte on March 31, 2011 at 5:33pm

Works just great on my website and those who come are very conserative. 



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