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  •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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    MKDAWUSS, corvo

    The patchwork of deductions, exempt income, and credits that changes yearly makes me think the tax system is fairer some times more than others.

    In particular, I think it's silly that if I take in a child who is related to me and provide him/her full care and support, I get large tax breaks.  But if I take in the child of a very close friend and provide the exact same amount of care, financial support, and nurture, there is very little tax benefit, if any.  Same with caring for an elderly person (parent vs. non-parent) or helping out (taking in) unrelated adults.

    I understand the tax code is meant to try and keep families taking care of each other, but I think it provides a disincentive for people to financially support those who are not related by blood or marriage.  That seems "unfair" to me, but not in the same way that other people might feel they're paying too much or too little in taxes.

    •  Gay male here. (1+ / 0-)
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      Square Knot

      You're preaching to the choir.  :-)

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:01:45 PM PDT

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