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oldenoughtoknowsomething Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 3:31 PM
I had a devil of a time putting a comment on the White House site. That capcha at the end is almost unreadable. It took me three tries. I have long been an advocate for the Fair Tax. It is the only possible taxing method that treats all people as equal. We all pay the same visible percentage at the end of every retail transaction (I'm assuming some items such as groceries would be excluded, as they are from state sales taxes). Lower income individuals who have less money to spend will pay less than more affluent individuals who buy big ticket items, but the rate will be the same. That's as it should be. Everyone will know exactly what their tax bill is because it will be clearly printed on their receipts. Nothing could be more fair!
Matt in N.C. Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 4:23 PM
There are only three things to tax: wealth, earnings, and expenditures. Localities and states have made a colossal mess of the first and the third. National politicians yammer about taxing the wealthy, but the feds don't tax wealth; they tax income, and they've made a colossal mess of that.

The fair tax would be a great improvement over the status quo if it actually replaced the present unintelligible federal income tax. I strongly doubt that Congress would give up a revenue stream even in the face of armed revolt, however. So we'd probably end up with a national sales tax on top of the income tax.
Andy372 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 5:15 PM
Matt, Congress won't move on it, and the "President" / Administration hate it worse. See their response. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/fair-tax-%E2%80%93-national-sales-tax-increases-tax-burdens-middle-class-families
It's embarrassingly incorrect, based on the same tired arguments from before the 1st edition of the book.
These are the types of invasive tax maneuvers that boiled the blood of our Founding Fathers. But there's still a way out of all our Internal Revenue Service wars and woes.

U.S. News & World Report highlighted some more encroaching news this past week in the article "IRS High-Tech Tools Track Your Digital Footprints."

The IRS is "collecting a lot more than taxes this year," the report explained. "It's also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers' digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records."

It added, "The agency reveals...