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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    You should adjust your withholding to get more money in each paycheck. Getting a refund means that you made an interest-free loan to the government. I change my withholding at least twice a year to make sure I have enough taken out but not too much. If I get a $300-$500 refund, I'm happy. It's enough to feel like a splurge but I've avoided having to pay more at the end, and I've been able to keep most of my money for myself all year.
    I wish we could do this. The problem with working for the Gov't is they feel they can screw you out of your taxes and just tell you that you will get it back in a refund. We lost a whole pay check once instead of DH getting overtime money, as they double payed him which pushed him into a higher tax bracket, and then insisted that we pay the money back (the before tax total). They do that kind of crap all the time! Add to that not knowing how much overtime he will get, and we usually get a refund of 2000-3000.
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    OMG...9% sales tax. Wow!

    We have income and property tax but my property tax is low compared to other towns. We pay about 2400/year

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    Our property tax is INSANE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    OMG...9% sales tax. Wow!

    We have income and property tax but my property tax is low compared to other towns. We pay about 2400/year
    The trade off is that we pay $600/year in property tax and no State income tax. They have to get it from somewhere.

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    True. NH has no sales or income tax either but their property taxes are through the roof.

    Laurie....as I've told so many people so many times. Come to Mass. We are so awesome here . Think of all the baking you and I could do!

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    We dont have a sales tax here. People are pushing hard to do away with the income tax here and have a sales tax, I read the other day tough that tax would be 9% or above to bring in the revenue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I do not track my sales tax exactly, but I know that they are 9% of everything I spend. Tennessee does not have an income tax (although we still pay income tax because DH works in GA), so they have very high sales tax. I was not talking about federal income tax, I was talking about taxes in general. The statement that the people who get upset about how there tax dollars get spent do not pay any taxes (again, paraphrasing) after a refund is not necessarily true. Even if you get a larger refund back than you pay into your federal income tax, you are still paying taxes. TN has low property taxes, but my parents pay almost $500/month in property taxes in addition to the rest of their taxes. You can't tell me that they do not pay more taxes then they get back.
    But I was not talking about your parents. I was talking about you, who said that you pay federal taxes. We pay $9000 in property taxes/year. You are aware of course that those taxes are deductions, right? as is your mortgage interest? It also looks like your non prepared food items are only taxed at a rate of 5.25%. We have a state income tax, sales tax of 6%, a local county tax of 1%, and if we go out to eat a prepared food/restaurant tax of 8%.

    As to living in an income tax state free state but paying GA income tax, I would bet that the wage benefit more than makes up for it.

    As with Fortner, money is one of the draws for teachers who live in Tennessee but work in Georgia. Tennessee is ranked 38th nationally in terms of teacher pay, while Georgia ranks 20th, according to estimates from the National Education Association.
    That translates to a $7,000 raise for many Tennessee teachers willing to make the commute. For those with advanced degrees and experience, the pay gap is even wider.
    Such is the case with Fortner, who has two master?s degrees.
    The trend of Tennessee teachers heading south ? noticed for more than a decade ? is alarming to some in Tennessee education circles who fear that the state could be losing talented educators to its neighbors.
    But again, Blather and I were not talking about people getting upset about how their tax dollars get spent. I get pissed about being what I feel is unfairly taxed in relation to others in our country. I totally understand being angry about how ones tax dollars get spent as we spend a fortune in federal taxes. I just don't get angry about someone spending a buck on a scratch off ticket. I know you don't either. The point was that many people who seem to get the MOST angry about this don't themselves even PAY any federal taxes, which just seems weirdly ironic. My comment to you was just an aside, I was really surprised as you had listed your income in another thread and it seemed almost impossible that at that income level and with three children you would have to pay federal income taxes, is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    True. NH has no sales or income tax either but their property taxes are through the roof.

    Laurie....as I've told so many people so many times. Come to Mass. We are so awesome here . Think of all the baking you and I could do!
    One of my closest friends is moving to duxbury Mass this spring. I will be visiting often, are you anywhere near there? I don't love to bake but I love to eat???????? I will also be coming up to rub Robins belly. And drink beers with Soxy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    But I was not talking about your parents. I was talking about you, who said that you pay federal taxes. We pay $9000 in property taxes/year. You are aware of course that those taxes are deductions, right? as is your mortgage interest? It also looks like your non prepared food items are only taxed at a rate of 5.25%. We have a state income tax, sales tax of 6%, a local county tax of 1%, and if we go out to eat a prepared food/restaurant tax of 8%.

    As to living in an income tax state free state but paying GA income tax, I would bet that the wage benefit more than makes up for it.



    But again, Blather and I were not talking about people getting upset about how their tax dollars get spent. I get pissed about being what I feel is unfairly taxed in relation to others in our country. I totally understand being angry about how ones tax dollars get spent as we spend a fortune in federal taxes. I just don't get angry about someone spending a buck on a scratch off ticket. I know you don't either. The point was that many people who seem to get the MOST angry about this don't themselves even PAY any federal taxes, which just seems weirdly ironic. My comment to you was just an aside, I was really surprised as you had listed your income in another thread and it seemed almost impossible that at that income level and with three children you would have to pay federal income taxes, is all.
    Where was it said anywhere that we were only talking about Federal income tax? The statement that someone making what we make could not possibly be paying any taxes is not correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    True. NH has no sales or income tax either but their property taxes are through the roof.

    Laurie....as I've told so many people so many times. Come to Mass. We are so awesome here . Think of all the baking you and I could do!
    Alas, I am in love with New York. I can't help it. It wooed me most effectively despite its crippling taxes.
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