But property taxes’ is not a good argument against flattening North Dakota’s income taxes

MINOT, N.D. — Last month a group of Republican leaders — including Gov. Doug Burgum, Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus, and state Rep. Craig Headland — announced a plan to flatten North Dakota’s income tax .

Currently, North Dakota has five income tax brackets. The flat tax plan would narrow those to just one, and eliminate the tax for most North Dakotans.

Single income filers making $54,725 or less in adjusted gross income, and all married filers making $95,600 or less would pay no income tax at all. That’s roughly 60% of the state.

Those making above those levels — the remaining 40% — would pay a flat 1.5% .

The proposal has come under fire from both the left and the far right, and they’re basically making the same argument.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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