Friday, August 3, 2007

Abolish IRS and Adopt the Fair Tax Proposal

Have you heard about the Fair Tax proposal that has been advocated by Rep. John Linder (R-GA)? Basically, it calls for the complete elimination of income tax and replacing it with a consumption tax set at 23 percent. The IRS would be disbanded and defunded. The FairTax taxes everyone only on what they choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what they earn. Whenever you buy anything, you'd be hit with a 23% tax. But you would pay zero income tax... and that includes FICA (social security tax).

Simple, right? Linder has put together a list of FAQs on the Fair Tax here, so check 'em out before making any assumptions. And here is the text of the bill (H.R. 25) sponsored by Linder. With 60 sponsors in the House, the Fair Tax bill is the most widely supported fundamental tax reform bill on Capitol Hill.

The biggest concern I initially had was that it would be over-burdensome on those below the poverty level. But they've got that covered with a family consumption allowance. Basically, what it boils down to, is that every family would be eligible to receive a monthly sales tax rebate. The amount of the rebate would be the monthly poverty level multiplied by the tax rate. So everybody would get a rebate at the subsistence level.

I think it is a great idea. What do you think?

But I doubt it will ever get done because it makes so much sense and Congress is basically a group of horse's asses.


Righteous in Kentucky said...

I think this bill is great and I support it.

Heathen said...

I can get behind this proposal, too. It sounds like it'd be more fair than the current clusterfuck that is our tax system. But I agree that it probably won't get implemented because there probably will be too many special interests against it - Hell, what would all those tax accountants do during March and April?

csm said...

Yeah, ya gotta figure that lobbyists for companies like H&R Block and Intuit are pumping money into seeing that this doesn't happen.

derF said...

My take is that there will be no reform that is truly popularly beneficial until we have rid ourselves of a series of corporately co-oped Congresses and Administrations.

That means vote Green.

csm said...

Or Libertarian?

Y'know, I'm closing in on the same thoughts as I watch the goings on in DC. The current Democratic "leadership" are a bunch of colossal fuck-ups. Hell, we voted Democratic to stop the rubber-stamping for W and what do they do? Pass this fucking wiretap bill... sheesh.

derF said...


csm said...

So derF, don't you remember sheesh and shong?

derF said...

Sorry, man, derF's not here.

Anyway. are you sure it isn't sheesh and shlong? As in, you'll get shlonged as long as you continue to elect corporate actors to public office.