Fair Tax Act
You might be wondering who is behind The Fair Tax Act. Is it
the crazy left wing liberals? Maybe it’s the wild eyed extremists on the right?
Or is it those loony libertarians? However,
supporters of the Fair Tax Act (H.R.
25) transcend all party lines.
Moreover, the Fair Tax supporters don’t fit any predetermined
mold. They come from all walks of life, rich, poor, upper class, and middle
class. No, it’s pretty hard to peg Fair Tax supporters. Therefore, just like the
Boston Tea party protesters, they represent a broad cross section of America. They
are liberal, conservative, libertarian, and everything else in between. Moreover,
it is an American cause and believe it or not, it is not about politics at all.
It’s about taking back control of our government, and returning power back to
the people, where it belongs in the first place. That is why I believe that the “Fair Tax Act” is better
taxation with proper representation.
What Is The Fair Tax Act (HR 25, S 296) you might ask?
It Is the nonpartisan legislation. It
abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate,
capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and
self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal
retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax
authorities. (Fairtax.org, 2009a)
Therefore, the Fair Tax is a
single-rate of 23% of federal retail
sales tax collected only once, at the final point of purchase of new goods and
services for personal consumption only (it is the final sellable product).
Furthermore, all used items, and business-to-business purchases for the
production of goods and services are not taxed. A rebate makes the effective
rate progressive. Moreover,
The Fair Tax Act (H.R. 25) has several objectives
Including tax simplification and economic growth. It abolishes the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS), the federal agency that currently collects and
administers federal taxes, and shifts the vast majority of these
responsibilities to the individual state sales tax authorities.
Adopting such a fundamental reform would have
implications for the entire process of collecting and administering taxes in
the United States. The roles and responsibilities of governments at all levels,
businesses, and individuals would change under the FairTax.
Individuals would no longer file tax returns,
businesses would be responsible for collecting and remitting the tax to the
states, and state governments would process the revenue collections and forward
the appropriate revenue amount to the federal government. (Tuerck, David G, 2007)
However, under our current Income Tax System, an individual
can make an undisclosed amount of unreported income and not report it on their
tax return. Moreover, this act of tax evasion is responsible for sucking
billions and trillions of revenue away from our national treasury on an annual
America has two economies: First, there’s the
legitimate economy, in which craftsmen are licensed and employers and employees
pay taxes. Then there’s the fast-growing underground economy, where millions of
nannies, construction workers, landscapers and others are paid off the books,
their incomes largely untaxed. The best guess as to the size of the output of
this shadow economy is about $970 billion, or nearly 9% that of the real economy.
It could soon pass $1 trillion. (McTague,
Furthermore, this willful
act of tax evasion, which is wide spread on all economic levels, would come to
a complete halt should the FairTax Act be implemented. Therefore, this act ensures
Social Security and Medicare funding for future generations to enjoy. However,
this security that might not be around by the time you or I retire under the
current economic deficit. Furthermore,
there would not be any more tax shelters for the rich to get richer and the
poor to stay poorer. Moreover, the Fair
Tax Act closes all loopholes and brings fairness to taxation. Therefore, the Act brings with it transparency
and accountability to the tax policy.
The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose
to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair,
efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and
inequity of our current tax system. (Fairtax.org,
The Fair Tax plan is a comprehensive proposal
that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated
approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure
no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level,
dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and, through companion
legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment. (Fairtax.org, 2009a)
Therefore, This Act will allow workers to keep their entire paychecks, retirees to
keep their entire pensions and will provide refunds in advance for the tax on
purchases of basic necessities. However, under the 16th Amendment we
impose taxes on wages, social security, pensions, and offer only the Welfare
system to assist with basic needs for low income families. Therefore, the
Probate works like this:
valid Social Security cardholders who are U.S. residents receive a monthly
prebate equivalent to the Fair Tax paid on essential goods and services, also
known as the poverty level expenditures. The prebate is paid in advance, in
equal installments each month. The size of the prebate is determined by the
Department of Health & Human Services’ poverty level guideline multiplied
by the tax rate. This is a well-accepted, long-used poverty-level calculation
that includes food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical care, etc. (Fairtax.org,
2009 Fair Tax Prebate Schedule
How The Fair Tax is collected
By retail businesses from the consumer, just as the current sales tax
that is currently collected. However, the Fair Tax is simply an additional line
on the current sales tax reporting form. Firstly, retailers collect the tax and
send it to the state taxing authority. Secondly, all businesses that are serving
as collection agents receive a fee for collection, and the states also receive
a collection fee. Thirdly, the tax
revenues from the states are then sent to the U.S. Treasury.
the FairTax Plan, poor people pay no net Fair Tax at all up to the poverty
level! Every household receives a rebate that is equal to the Fair Tax paid on
essential goods and services, and wage earners are no longer subject to the
most regressive and burdensome tax of all, the payroll tax. Those spending at
twice the poverty level pay a tax of only 11.5 percent — a rate much lower than
the income and payroll tax burden they bear today. (Fairtax.org, 2009c)
However, our present income tax
system is one of the reasons that people are finding it so hard to get ahead
these days. Furthermore, this is also one of the reasons that our next
generation will not have a standard of living as high as ours. Therefore, our
current system of taxation is holding us back and making it to impossible to
improve our future generation’s standard of living.
Imagine The FairTax –
Fair Tax Dramatically Improves Economic Growth
the federal income tax, slow economic growth and recessions have a
disproportionately adverse impact on lower-income families.
in these families are more likely to lose their jobs, are less likely to have
the resources to weather bad economic times, and are more in need of the initial
employment opportunities that a dynamic, growing economy provides. Retaining
the present tax system makes economic progress needlessly slow, thus harming
low-income people the most.
In contrast, the FairTax dramatically improves economic growth and wage rates
for all, but especially for lower-income families and individuals. In addition
to receiving the monthly FairTax prebate, these taxpayers are freed from
regressive payroll taxes, the federal income tax, and the compliance burdens
associated with each. They pay no more business taxes hidden in the price of
goods and services, and used goods are tax free. (Fairtax.org, 2009c)
Moreover, it is making it difficult
for our businesses to compete with the international markets and it is wasting valuable
resources by forcing us to complying with needless paperwork.
U.S. income tax code is widely regarded by just about everyone as unfair,
complex, wasteful, confusing, and costly. Businesses and other organizations
spend more than six billion hours each year complying with the federal tax
code. Estimated compliance costs conservatively top $225 billion annually—costs
that are ultimately embedded in retail prices paid by consumers.
Revenue Code cannot simply be “fixed,” which is amply demonstrated by
more than 35 years of attempted tax code reform, each round resulting in yet
more complexity and unrelenting, page-after-page, mind-numbing verbiage (now
exceeding 54,000 pages containing more than 2.8 million words). (Vance, Laurence M, 2005)
There is only
one word to describe the fact that the federal government now spends almost $3
trillion a year: obscene. At least 90 percent of what the federal government
spends is unconstitutional, wasteful, or against the limited-government principles
of the Founders. The only thing the Fair Tax does is change the way the state
confiscates the wealth of its citizens. As Congressman Ron Paul says: “The
real issue is total spending by government, not tax reform.” (Vance, Laurence M, 2005)
Fair Tax Benefits
Therefore, we as American’s can do better
and we must. However, some individuals would like taxes to completely disappear.
Because the Fair Tax is a consumption tax, Murray Rothbard’s conclusion
about consumption taxes is apropos:
The consumption tax, on the other hand, can only be regarded as a
payment for permission-to-live. It implies that a man will not be allowed to
advance or even sustain his own life, unless he pays, off the top, a fee to the
State for permission to do so. The consumption tax does not strike me, in its
philosophical implications, as one whit more noble, or less presumptuous, than
the income tax.
The Fair Tax does nothing to tame the federal leviathan. The solution is
nothing less than a drastic reduction or wholesale elimination of its revenue
source. What is fair about allowing the government to confiscate 23 percent of
the value of every new good and service? Fair Tax proponents may call it
necessary legislation, but I call it highway robbery. (Vance, Laurence M, 2005)
However, what individuals like the
above fail to understand is that,
Research on the price of consumer
goods reveals that up to 20% of all prices today represent hidden income taxes
and payroll taxes. Once these taxes are repealed and replaced with the FairTax,
it is likely that market pressure would force retail prices to fall.
Eliminating embedded taxes will also
do something else — it will remove significant price disadvantages suffered by
American producers competing with tax-free imports. Eliminating corporate
income taxes and capital gains taxes, which the Fair Tax would do, would likely
make the American economy the most desirable place in the world to do business.
Another benefit of the Fair Tax is
that, unlike other sales taxes, it would not hit the poorest Americans the hardest.
The Fair Tax proposal calls for sending every American a “prebate”
check to offset the cost of the national sales taxes paid by those living in
poverty. This feature would effectively exempt those living below the poverty
line from paying taxes to the federal government, and provide all taxpayers
with a reimbursement of a portion of taxes paid.
The Fair Tax rate is 23% on retail
sales when calculated “inclusively,” as are income tax rates. It
will, in a fairer, more transparent and less-expensive way, raise the same
amount of money the federal government now collects through the income and
payroll taxes. Because it would be levied on consumption at the final point of
sale, instead of on earnings, it would dramatically expand the tax base. The Fair Tax would collect revenue from the underground economy. Even illegal
immigrants and the 40 million foreign tourists who visit the U.S. each year
would pay it. (Linbeck, Leo, 2007)
FairTax Greatest Benefit
distributional effects of the Fair Tax have been extensively studied, and
although the proposal has distinct advantages for investors and wealth creation
across the income spectrum, the greatest benefit of the Fair Tax is to low- and
moderate-income Americans. The effect of eliminating regressive payroll taxes
is commonly overlooked when analyzing the Fair Tax, but it would have a very
significant impact, as these taxes represent the single largest tax burden on
these income earners.
Significantly, the Fair Tax eliminates all loopholes, gimmicks,
exemptions and deductions from the federal tax system. Under the Fair Tax,
Congress would no longer be able to reward friends, punish enemies or
manipulate behavior through the tax code. The Fair Tax would also eliminate the
lucrative tax lobbying practices that represent more than 50% of all lobby
dollars spent annually in Washington.
It’s no surprise, then, to see that vested interests have argued
against the Fair Tax and in favor of keeping the mortgage interest deduction.
But wouldn’t it be better for everyone to stop the IRS from withholding from
paychecks; to see the price of new homes — and all other goods — drop by
removing embedded costs; and to have interest rates fall as the savings rate
increases? Is it really in everyone’s interests to keep the income-tax system
so that one-third of taxpayers can go on deducting a portion of their mortgage
interest from their federal taxes?
There have been many tax reform proposals over the years, but
most of them simply call for reforming around the margins of the existing tax
system. The President’s Advisory Panel on Tax Reform was assembled by the Bush
administration and concluded its work a few years ago. Instead of seriously
looking at the Fair Tax, the panel looked at a very different type of
consumption tax, riddled with exemptions, and then declared that it would be
too expensive and that the rate would have to be far higher than the Fair Tax
Politically, the Fair Tax will only become law once enough
citizens demand that it be enacted, overcoming the self-interest that members
of Congress and others have in holding onto the current system. It is debatable
whether a modern, citizen-led tax revolution is possible. But the growing
popularity (even among presidential candidates) of the Fair Tax suggests that
another Boston Tea Party may be at hand. (Linbeck,
I want to see this country return to the
principles of personal freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore,
Do women have the right to vote in this
country? Did we pass Prohibition? Did we repeal it? Do Civil Rights guarantee
freedoms far beyond the lunch counter and mass transit? Do free-market
economies dominate Eastern Europe, peoples once under the boot of communism?
All these were grassroots efforts that
effected significant changes in our nation and the world. Is the current income
tax system any less a yoke around the necks of otherwise free peoples? We think
Passing the original 16th Amendment and the income tax wasn’t easy and
repealing the income tax and the 16th Amendment won’t be easy either.
That is why the Fair Tax has undertaken to
build a grassroots movement and grassroots alliances to support the effort.
When the Fair Tax generates unprecedented economic growth in the first few
months of its effective date, citizens nationwide will make it clear to
Washington that they want to make the change permanent. But this will only
happen when the American people rally behind the effort, throw off the yoke,
and demand rectification of 90 years of wrongs done by the income tax. (Fairtax.org,
Moreover, our great “America” was
founded upon these principals and somehow we have allowed our government to
slowly take away our freedom. Furthermore, it is time that the sleepers awaken
to a new dawn and we demand our freedom from taxation without caring
representation. Therefore, that is why I believe that the “Fair Tax Act” is better taxation with proper
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