Saturday, May 31, 2003
Support Our Troops!
"Did some research after a comment on the NewsHour intrigued me, specifically:
How many servicemen, just returning from Iraq, are shut out from the tax cuts because they fall below the approx. $27,000 cutoff?
I think this would be a devastating number to calculate precisely, and then circulate in the press. "Mr. President, not only are 11.7 million children affected but (number) service men and women as well. Is that how little you value our enlisted men and women?", or something like that.
As with all thing military, this is not straightforward. Please find attached a pdf of the basic pay scale (Here's the HTML version of the pay scale - Ezra). I was somewhat shocked to see just how low it is -- for example, a newly commissioned O-1, say out of West Point or Annapolis makes something like $2200/month (below the cutoff), as does every enlisted man regardless of experience at E-5 or below (some type of sergeant).
What is not straightforward is how basic subsistence and housing allowances factor into your tax liability -- I am not an accountant, just a physician!
But someone in the campaign might take this ball and run with it. "
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