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States with No Income Tax Grow Faster and Create More Jobs

JRM57 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 12:27 PM
federal national sales tax. Illegal criminals would have to pay also, those who peddle drugs, etc. Anytime anyone and everyone buys something, they're paying. People who are self employed would have to pay also. They couldn't hide income anymore and besides, it would not make sense to hide the income anyway. There would be nothing and no one to hide it from. A national sales tax is the very best way to do. It eliminates frustrations and exhorbitant costs of paperwork, and it encourages growth. If I were in politics, I would push for this and eliminate the income tax. It could be done today. Just simply say that we're going to have a national income tax, and that the people no longer have to pay nor file for income taxes.

One of the key ways of controlling state and local tax burdens, according to this map from the Tax Foundation, is to not have an income tax.

But that’s not too surprising. States have just a couple of ways of generating significant tax revenue, so it stands to reason that states without an income tax would have relatively low tax burdens.

Light-blue states have no broad-based income tax

The more important question is whether this approach leads to better economic performance. The evidence is pretty clear that zero-income-tax states grow...