Thursday, May 17, 2012
This Makes Income Tax Rates Look Like a Good Deal
In a letter to the editor in yesterday's Times-Picayune, a taxpayer shared a discovery he made after he paid with a credit card for long-term airport parking fees instead of his usual cash. I must admit -- this is something I never checked out before, but now it's really sticking in my craw.
The correspondent's receipt printed out details of the basic fee plus all the "add-ons." Here is what he saw:
Parking Fee: $100.00
Parking tax (WTF?!?!): 10%
Airport fee (WTF?!?!): 7%
Jefferson Parish sales tax: 4.75%
Louisiana sales tax: 4%
for a grand total of 25.75% in effective taxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you kidding me?!?!
He concluded his letter by explaining that all the added-on taxes have now made it cheaper to pay for a family member's gas to take him to and pick him up from the airport on future trips. He'll no longer be parking at the airport.
I hope the politicians are paying attention to this. It's a classic example of killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.
Just call me Mother Goose, waddling on out of here.