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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

That damned AMT

What's Mallard raving about today?

Hobos, AMT.

Yeah, avoiding AMT is the toughest part about selling cans in order to stay alive.

But since you bring it up, if we assume this genetleman is married to a lovely hoboette and is selling cans for $0.05, he should be fine this year if he sells less than 4,000,000 cans. So if he can somehow avoid selling about 11,000 cans each day this year, he might avoid those nasty taxes.


Kaitlyn said...

I was going to say something about how taxes help the homeless (especially the homeless vets), but I'm too lazy.

Michael said...

Good snaps from DaveyK, as usual. Although I would have titled the blog post, "That damned tax-conscious hobo".

tbone said...

I wish there was a tax that could help out lazy people, like me and Kaitlyn.

Kaitlyn said...

"That's welfare!" sez Tinz.

I'm just glad he's dropped the shelter dog thing.

Was it "inspired" by:

Ellen's breakdown?

National Animal Shelter Awareness Week?

Somebody he knows buying a dog or adopting one?

A dream?

Scanman said...

I always say that if your biggest problem is paying taxes, then you really don't have any problems.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

In Tinsworld:

(1) Homeless people are happy with their lot and choose this "lifestyle" willingly. (Ronald Reagan said so!)

(2) Veterans, Kaitlyn, are props you occasionally use for photo-ops to fake your patriotism (and politicians on all sides are guilty of this). Beyond that, they have no use! That's what "disposable" means!! Tinsworld.

Anonymous said...


Mallard Hatemore

factinista said...

So it's a collection of Mallard strips. So what?

...Oh, they're fake? Can't even tell the difference, except that they're slightly better drawn.

Anyways, today's strip really shows Tinsley's lack of knowledge on the subject, even more so than usual. If the whole point is to tax higher-income Americans, the dude selling cans is probably a millionaire celebrating Halloween late.

exanonymous said...

Extremely tasteless so soon after Veteran's Day, yes?

Oh, I forgot. Tinsley's daddy wasn't homeless so all those homeless guys must deserve being homeless.

raybees said...

Actually, standard Tinsley incoherence aside, there is a snarky point to this one. The AMT is a dinosaur, addressing some loopholes in the tax code that have since been addressed. Furthermore, the AMT was not indexed for inflation or regional cost-of-living issues. As a result, more and more middle-class families find themselves subject to the AMT every year (due to cost of living adjustments in their wages).

Given that the AMT was designed to target a relatively small number of high-income entities in the first place, this area of tax law is way overdue for an overhaul.

Natalie said...

Raybees, you may have a point, and there are real criticisms to make of the US tax code. But really, making those points through a homeless person who supports himself on recycling deposits is just cruel.