It’s time to end taxes on savings accounts

Currently, only 55% of Americans are reaping the benefits of stock ownership, even though the stock market's reaching record highs. That's probably in large part because for many, the world of investing seems complex and hard to navigate, or they don't believe they have the time to successfully manage a portfolio. So easy-to-use financial tools, like savings accounts, have become many Americans' primary way to earn interest on their money. They're especially common among lower-income households that are less likely to have a financial education or the means to pay an advisor. But what many don't realize is that savings accounts are subject to taxes that make it hard for savings to grow.

Indeed, while disappointing, it's not surprising that Congress punishes smart savers by taxing their savings accounts relentlessly. Though banks are only required to send you a 1099-INT tax form if you earned more than $10 of interest in an account, Uncle Sam expects you to pay taxes on every penny of interest you earn. Money that could go toward savings or groceries is instead siphoned off to Washington. This hinders the ability of the 120 million American households with savings accounts to build wealth. It's time to end taxes on money earned in savings accounts.

And what is the government doing with your money, anyway? All manner of things. Beyond the necessary costs of running a government, your tax dollars are also subsidizing things like stipends to soldiers in the Somali national army and the study of the sexual habits of quails on cocaine. It's an understatement that the American people would be better off keeping this money in their own pockets.

This is especially true at a time when nearly 70% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings. Those extra dollars could go a long way in helping folks make ends meet. And in a world where politicians are proposing giving away "free money," it seems logical to cut out the middleman and simply stop taking it to begin with. Many other proposals for lowering taxes are criticized as being overly friendly to the wealthy. But savings accounts are a tool for the masses. So eliminating this tax is a win for everyone.

Though the average savings account only yields 0.09% interest, many banks are well above that number. Digital banks like Ally and Marcus, for example, have offered as high as 2.2% in the last year. That means it's easier than ever to make money in a fully insured, risk-free account. And Americans would be free to spend or save their money how they see fit. Indeed, CBS has reported that "a $500 surprise expense would put most Americans into debt." Money earned in accounts that act as safety nets for families shouldn't go to line the pockets of politicians and bureaucrats or to examine the sex lives of drugged-up quail. This is an opportunity for American politicians to do the right thing by removing an unnecessary tax.

Of course, nixing the tax isn't a cure-all for the American personal finance crisis. We need better financial education so that more Americans can overcome their fear and misunderstanding of the stock market. Investing for the future, and being equipped with the knowledge of how to do so, should be a cornerstone of what it means to build the American dream.

And in the meantime, eliminating the tax on savings account interest can help mitigate the financial pressure and squeeze that many are feeling. American families work hard to save money. We want to be stable, successful and upwardly mobile. Low-income households deserve the chance to build wealth. Middle America deserves an opportunity to accumulate wealth. And everyone deserves to have their savings protected.

Politicians should be encouraging smart saving, not picking our pockets at the first opportunity.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.

Bill O'Reilly joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" on Friday for his weekly take on the 2020 presidential race.

O'Reilly emphasized what a dangerous candidate socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) really is, and how the media is working to mislead voters by depicting other Democratic candidates, such as former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, as "moderate."

"The Democratic Party has been hijacked -- and this is no breaking news -- by the progressive left. Which is now being enabled by the national media," said O'Reilly.

"Bernie Sanders is a dangerous man. In any sane time, media time, that would be clear to everybody. But it's not," he added. "It's like, 'Oh, there's uncle Bernie and he just wants to give stuff away. What a great guy.' [He's] not a great guy, all right? He's a totalitarian. He'll take your freedom, in every area, away. Every area. There isn't one area, that Bernie Sanders wouldn't intrude upon, in your personal freedom. Yet, that's not reported. You don't know it unless you pay attention. It's all a bunch of dishonest blather that has obliterated the so-called moderate Democrat. And there are millions of those people. They don't know what to do because they have no voice in the media."

Glenn pointed out that the media has been "trying to make Pete Buttigieg into a moderate" ever since his strong showing in the Iowa caucuses last week.

"So, Pete Buttigieg: Harvard grad. Rhodes Scholar. Brilliant man, he is brilliant. Great speaker. Almost as good as Beck and I. Not quite, but almost," O'Reilly said. "He's only 38, all right? So, the guy goes out and runs for president after being the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years, and almost destroying that city. The city is in chaos, yet he's re-elected with 80% of the vote the second time. That's what a good BS'er Pete Buttigieg is.

The two went on to break down Buttegieg's radical policy plans on immigration, abortion, gun control, and more.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and his chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, have uncovered new evidence that suggests the coronavirus death toll numbers coming from China are grossly inaccurate.

After vetting several deep-fake videos circulating on social media, Jason unearthed shocking whistleblower-videos released by citizens of the communist state that show entire warehouses filled with body bags, along with other atrocities.

Jason and Glenn break down the real numbers and discuss the possibilities of the outbreak coming to America. Watch the video below for more details:

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Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in the polls in the past month.

With former Vice President Joe Biden dropping below far-left presidential candidates such as the unapologetically socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and the almost equally extremist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass), Democratic voters seeking a more moderate alternative are setting their sights on Mayor Pete.

But are Buttigieg's policies actually moderate? Not even close, Glenn Beck said Thursday on the radio program.

"[Pete Buttigieg] wants people to see him as a moderate. The mayor of a Midwest city in a red state ... and he's going for the middle, even though he is not a moderate candidate in any way," said Glenn.

Here are just a few example of where Buttigieg stands on the issues:

  • Supports late-term, partial-birth abortion
  • Eliminate the Electoral College
  • Buyback program for assault weapons
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Expand Medicare
  • Decriminalize illegal immigration
  • Pay for infrastructure through changing taxes on corporations, the wealthy
  • Study reparations
  • Legalize marijuana
  • Increase existing taxes on upper-income Americans
  • Cancel some student debt
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries
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An official at the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' health agency, has issued a warning, calling the coronavirus "the worst enemy you can imagine" and more of a threat than "any terrorist attack," during a media briefing on Tuesday.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's director general, said that a vaccine for the coronavirus will likely take 18 months to develop. The virus has reportedly killed hundreds and infected tens of thousands of people, primarily in China.

"To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine," added Ghebreyesus.

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck noted that the same agency in charge of developing this life-saving vaccine, has taken the time to officially change the disease's name to COVID-19, citing the concern of "stigmatizing" any specific geographical location, individual, or group of people.

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