Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon
drmellow

Americans for Fair Tax

Since April 15 was on a weekend this year, today is Tax Day here in the USA. It's the day we have to pay the government for what they determined we owe them for the past year.

The US tax system is overly complex, inefficient, fraught with loopholes, unfair, invasive, and generally just plain bad. It's time for a change. It's past time for a change.

The time has come to enact the Fair Tax. Essentially, this is a national sales tax, intentionally designed to produce the same amount of revenue for the government as the current tax system does. It also includes a rebate which is designed to ensure that no American will pay tax on basic necessities, by reimbursing the tax on spending at the poverty level1. It closes the loophole of people who don't file or who don't claim all of their income. It abolishes the IRS. It even maintains our current Social Security and Medicare benefits (for what that's worth). The more I look at it, the more sense it makes.

Read through the FAQ. Get a copy of the book. Read it. Contact your representatives in Washington and encourage them to support the bill.

It's time to fix the US tax system.

ETA: If you write a blog entry today about tax system reform (related to the Fair Tax or not), post a link to it in the comments and I'll include it in the following list.

Bloggers Speak Out About Tax Reform:


[1] FAQ #3 How does the rebate work? All valid Social Security cardholders who are U.S. residents receive a monthly rebate equivalent to the FairTax paid on essential goods and services, also known as the poverty level expenditures. The rebate is paid in advance, in equal installments each month. The size of the rebate is determined by the Department of Health & Human Services’ poverty level guideline multiplied by the tax rate. This is a well-accepted, long-used poverty-level calculation that includes food, clothing, shelter, transportation, medical care, etc.
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