The tax system explained in beer: So simple even AOC can follow it

The tax system explained in beer: So simple even AOC can follow it
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her job prior to becoming a member of Congress (Image via Twitter)

Today’s lesson on how the tax system works seems especially well suited to Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez — first because she has proposed raising the marginal tax rate on the “tippy top” of income earned to 70%, second because the parable uses beer in its explanation (a form of “currency” with which AOC is well acquainted through her “career” prior to joining Congress), and third because it’s in the form of a cartoon.

OK, that last dig was gratuitous, particularly since Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democrat in Congress who is clueless as to how the tax system operates. Sen. Kamala Harris, who has designs on becoming president in 2020, tellingly tweeted this on Monday:

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As conservative author Matt Palumbo notes, confusion about taxation, and especially refunds, is a common affliction of the Left:

A widely circulated CNN article is being misinterpreted to claim that taxes up are in 2018. “The average refund is down about 8% under the first full year of the overhauled tax code, according to data released by the IRS on Friday.” …

A large source of the confusion seems to be coming from the fact that the percentage of income withheld from paychecks has decreased. … Or put simpler: people are receiving smaller refunds because they paid fewer taxes in the first place.

The article is liberally peppered with tweets from middle class income earners who believe they were cheated by the Trump tax cut because they now owe more taxes, which they assume — incorrectly — means they are paying out more:

Here to set the record straight, as well as provide a few minutes of entertainment, is “The Tax System, Explained in Beer!” by the accounting firm of Johnstone Grocke:

(h/t Donn Hein)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.