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The problem with flat income taxes is politicians can't be trusted to leave them flat. As long as there are politicians, a flat income tax will remain untenable. With the Fair Tax, it's none of the government's business how much you make, how much you have, how you got your money (as long as it's legal), what kind of savings or investments you have--the government has no need or right to know any of that.
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EdFix Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 7:07 AM
Really need to fix up the formatting here.
With the income tax, the government has levied upon the citizens a duty which is fundamentally impossible to perform. That's bizarre.
Agree, but there is a mechanism to bypass Congress to amend the Constitution. Not easy, but possible.
The prebate is built-in exemption for necessities. In setting the poverty level, the govt already defines what the necessities are.
Oops, replied to the wrong post. See below.
Oops, replied to the wrong post. Only way to implement Fair Tax is to repeal the 16th Amendment. Not just repeal, but state explicity that Congress is explicitly prohibited from taxing income from any source, earned by any individual, group, corporation, or other legal entity.
Only way is to repeal the 16th Amendment. Not just repeal, but state explicity that Congress is explicitly prohibited from taxing income from any source, earned by any individual, group, corporation, or other legal entity.
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The Tax-Code Mess

EdFix Wrote: Apr 21, 2012 8:30 AM
Forget the flat tax. Our tax system started out as a flat tax, although you could argue there were two tax brackets--0 and 10%, as the tax was only levied on the wealthy. After the system had grown into a pyramid with rates as high as 90%, in the 80's Reagan's reform flattened it to only 3 brackets. It has now grown back to, what, 6 brackets? With a surtax here and an AMT there, etc. Flat taxes sound nice, but don't work. They don't stay flat. The Fair Tax makes it none of the Government's business how much money I make, or how much I spend. So two words: Fair Tax.
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The Tax-Code Mess

EdFix Wrote: Apr 21, 2012 8:19 AM
Twice over the last three years, I have gotten letters from the IRS claiming that I owed thousands of dollars in additional taxes. Both times, when the dust settled, the problem was the IRS's inability to apply their own instructions, or perform basic arithmetic. In the tax code, the government has levied a duty on each of us that, in general, is impossible for us to perform. That's why there is such a thing as a "tax accountant". Now, apparently, the IRS's job has become impossible for it to perform, as well.
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