How Do I Tax Thee?

A Field Guide to the Great American Rip-Off
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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In this new audiobook, Libertarian journalist Kristin Tate provides a look into the wild world of frivolous taxation, aimed at educating members of her own generation in the evils of big government. 

In How Do I Tax Thee?, libertarian commentator and rising media star Kristin Tate takes us on a tour of the ways the government bleeds us dry in innumerable daily transactions and at various stages of life. We all know the government taxes our pay: Federal, state, and local taxes are withheld by employers, as are Social Security payments. But what about the many other ways the government drains money from our wallets? 

Have you studied your cell phone bill? Customers in New York State pay an average of 24.36 percent in federal, state and local taxes on their wireless bills. They’re also charged for obscure services they didn’t ask for and don’t understand, like a universal service fund fee, an FCC compliance fee, a line service fee, and an emergency services fee. These aren’t taxes, strictly speaking. The government imposes these administrative and regulatory costs, and your wireless provider passes them along to you. But the effect is exactly the same. 

What about your cable bill? Your power bill? Your water bill? The cost of a gallon of gas, a cab ride, a hotel stay, and a movie ticket are all inflated by hidden fees. How much of what you pay at the pump, the box office, or the airport is really an indirect tax? 

In a series of short, pointed, fact-laden, humorous chapters, Tate exposes the vast government shakedown that consumes up to half of your income - and also explains where these hidden fees and taxes come from.

©2018 Kristin Tate (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Millennial Tone & Vocab, But Great Info for All.

The tone and vocabulary of this book are definitely targeted at young taxpayers. Some may find this off-putting. But it's worth the mild pain. I was already loathsome of government before listening to this. Now I'm simply irate. The scale of the theft is massive. The arrogance, more so. This book will be eye-opening for most.

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Fun, Informative, Thorough.

Kristin Tate approaches the book as a field guide to taxation for Millennials. She organizes the hidden taxes (tax after tax after tax after fee after surcharge) by major life event from birth to death. How much money every level of government syphons out of your wallet will surprise you!

It's a good book to get you motivated to get involved in local government and demand transparency first and foremost. Take the last 15 minutes as a call to action, and call your representatives today!

#Liberty #Politics #Taxes #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Can’t Put It Down Important!

Ms. Tate has done what every citizen should do; understand why and how your hard earned money is taken from you by officials in all levels of government, from the obvious IRS (74,000 pages), to all government mandated regulations which breed massive, calculated hidden fees forced on businesses and therefore paid by all citizens...who only get from the theft>LESS AND LESS FREEDOM!
A 12 year old can understand this book. It is entertaining, heartbreaking and frustrating, but most of all INSPIRING. I will be attending all local city meetings from now on. Please read it and share it with all!!!

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An Entertaining & Interesting Guide to Taxes

This book not only had a thoughtful and interesting way of explaining different taxes in the U.S. ( and how they are applied to us as U.S. citizens), but, used history and unique examples from the author’s personal life to illustrate the point. The story flowed really well and was not boring or dry like you would think of most books on this subject. I felt that the narrator had a nice tone of voice for the story and captured and emphasized certain points and words that the author was trying to point out in the best way possible. I love Kristin Tate and thought this was a great read! Highly recommend listening!

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Eye Opening

yes we all heard it before... death and taxes. must listen or read this book. as I get older and live in different states you begin to understand what monsters live in you state with you. very informative.

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Excellent Concept, Shrill Execution

Excellent premise ruined by absolutely brainless and shrill rants about several topics only peripherally related to the book's central premise.

One of the most notable was the Pro-GMO pandering--what does this have anything to do with the insane amount of pointless taxes we pay in this country? The author clearly had an agenda beyond demonstrating how overly taxed we are in this country to include this claptrap--particularly with the way on which she argues for it.

Would have loved to have seen more material that was explicitly about the book's alleged premise. And preferably with a more even-keel tone--less of the overly shrill tone that the author (and possibly the narrator) have imbued it with.

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  • Austin L.
  • 05-30-20

eye opening

The book is amazing and sognificantly informative to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how taxes work. The supposedly millennial language used at times was cringeworthy and I'm 21.