"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets." - Will Rogers
"No Idea Of The Benefits"
It's January and Americans are looking for receipts and lost documentation in their annual quest to prepare their yearly tax return. Arguments will ensure, relationships will sour and health will decline. Are you having fun yet?
Have you started dealing with the significant changes that went into effect for 2013? Not to worry though, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson said, "The complexities of the tax code are only affecting those of us trying to read it. Tax software makes a lot of those complexities invisible to the average taxpayer." I'm comforted, aren't you?
She went on to say, "As a result, taxpayers might not realize they're being helped by a wide array of deductions and credits. "They have no idea of the benefits they are getting through the tax code."
Wow, now we are getting benefits from the tax code!
I'm continually amazed at the way Washington "spins" tax code changes. First, Congressional leaders point to the code's growing complexity. Congress then passes changes (you'll have to read the legislation to know what's in it because they are too busy to read it themselves), followed by the executive branch spinning the "benefits".
You know better, though, don't you? After all, you are FairTax® smart. You know the only benefits in the tax code are those carved out by special interests. You know that taxpayers are always the perennial losers when it comes to America's income tax code.
That's why a group of dedicated FairTax supporters are on their way to Washington this weekend to meet with Members of Congress and their staff. For two days, they plan to further educate them about the benefits of HR 25, the FairTax Act of 2013.
That's also why the Letters to the Editor/Opinion Editorial team, led by Glen Terrell, has redoubled their efforts in making sure that the FairTax message is spread far and wide in newspapers, magazines and bogs.
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee will soon vote on tax reform. We await their vote on HR 25. It is imperative that every member of Congress knows the magnitude of support the FairTax has across America.
We know that Member's district directors (DD's) also report on what issues constituents are contacting them about at the local level. Some DD's have told us they rarely hear about the FairTax, yet we know you are contacting the Representative's Washington office.
Have you gone on your Member's Facebook page and weighed in on the "benefits" you derive from the tax code versus why you support the FairTax plan? Please take 5 extra minutes and call your Representative's Washington and district offices.
There is not a single worker in today's workforce who has ever known a time when a percentage of their earnings were not taken out of their paycheck and sent directly to the federal government…
There is now a reform movement gaining momentum across the country that proposes eliminating income taxes altogether, along with most business taxes, and replacing them with a single retail sales tax on new product purchases along with some services. This national sales tax is called the "FairTax" because it will eliminate the punitive nature of taxing productivity and replace it with a simpler, fairer tax on consumption on those who can afford to spend money. But what about those who cannot afford to spend money on anything but the "necessities"? What prevents this tax from being regressive is the "prebate" element of the proposal that essentially exempts spending up to a certain level from being taxed, ensuring that lower income workers are not disproportionately affected. So while a national sales tax may at first glance appear to be unappealing, after a closer look and considering the fact that it would replace all income taxes, payroll taxes, gift taxes and estate taxes, as well as most business taxes that inhibit investment and job creation, the FairTax is gaining supporters across the country as well as in Congress.
HR 25 (The FairTax Act of 2013) currently has 73 co-sponsors in Congress. We are well on the way to having support for major tax reform in our lifetime, and if we demand change from the do-nothing Congress in Washington, we can achieve fundamental reform. But we the people must raise our voices in unison and demand real, meaningful reform that does not just temporarily tweak the existing system, but reform that will fundamentally alter the way the federal government is funded…
Yes, I do think the FairTax is fair, and it is time that we ask Congress to vote on and pass real tax reform.
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