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Cracking the Tax Code: Reform Should Make the Law Simpler, Not More Complicated

EdFix Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 5:06 PM
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.

In her most recent report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson notes that "tax expenditures" -- the exclusions, exemptions, deductions and credits that make the Internal Revenue Code such a bloated, bewildering behemoth -- total more than $1 trillion a year. She explains that she tries to avoid calling these provisions "loopholes" because that word has a pejorative connotation: "Policymakers use the term 'loophole' to describe a tax expenditure that they do not agree with ... and use terms like 'incentives' or 'sound government policy' to describe tax expenditures that they like."

President Obama illustrated that tendency in last week's...