Four reasons Buffett’s tax hikes will hurt jobs

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Trey Garrison

This isn’t the first time Buffett has made the case for higher taxes, and it’s not the first time he’s been wrong.

Amy Payne and Alison Acosta Fraser have four reasons Warren Buffett’s tax hike idea will kill job creation. Here’s one.

Fact: Tax hikes, especially those he espouses, hurt jobs.

Buffett cites periods when tax rates were high and says that “Under those burdensome rates,” employment “increased at a rapid clip.”

This country has an employment problem right now, and tax rates aren’t even as high as Buffett wants. The tax increases President Obama champions would hit small businesses that create jobs. According to Treasury figures, 1.2 million Americans who employ people are paying their taxes through the individual income tax, and they would be hit head-on. The amount that their taxes would go up could be roughly equivalent to one employee’s salary, meaning that’s one person they can’t hire in the new year. A study by Ernst and Young estimates that these tax hikes would kill 710,000 jobs.

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