Re: Double standards
I agree with OP. My effective tax rate last year was actually in the range of 17% - which if you take the 9.8-25% rates posted in the article, is slap bang in the middle of the range.
I could have gotten it slightly lower if I had kept better records on other taxes paid but given the fact that it was a slightly lower effective rate than previous years, yet I had a higher gross income than the previous tax year. You can see what the problem is with the system... I earned more yet paid, effectively, less tax. I can see how this scales up to bigger companies.