"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson
Now Is The Time For Congress To Pass The FairTax
By: Congressman Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
With America's April 15 tax filing day just a couple days behind us, I must reiterate my strong support for passage of the FairTax Act of 2013. American individuals and businesses spend roughly $265 billion and over 6 billion hours every year filing their tax returns.
This costly and complicated tax code has grown to over 3.8 million words and over 70,000 pages of burdensome regulations and loopholes. This amount of time and money can be better spent on growing the economy and creating jobs, and implementing the FairTax would help do just that.
Americans deserve to keep more of their paycheck in their wallets and bank accounts. The FairTax replaces the current federal tax code with a national sales tax on all goods and services sold in the United States. Federal income taxes, FICA payroll taxes, and the death tax would all be eliminated, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would no longer be needed as the states would be in charge of collecting all revenue.
As Chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, my Subcommittee directly oversees the IRS budget. The IRS plays a critical role in our nation's tax administration by providing services to help Americans comply with their tax obligations and pursuing those who are not paying their fair share.
However, the IRS is encumbered with the large task of processing over 237 million tax returns that result in the collection of $2.5 trillion in taxes and $373 billion in refunds annually for a price of over $11 billion annually in hard-earned taxpayer dollars. These are billions of dollars that Americans don't need to be sending to Washington to fund big and costly government programs.
The FairTax protects the poor and treats everyone equally: no exemptions, no exclusions, no advantages.
People would be allowed to keep their entire paycheck and spend hard-earned dollars on ways that best suit them. In addition, consumers would see savings in the price of goods and services from no longer required hidden business taxes. And on the business side of the equation, labor costs are lowered by eliminating payroll taxes and allowing businesses to hire more workers.
A tax code that is simpler, fairer, and more competitive is what our country needs to spur economic growth. By adding the FairTax to the equation we give individuals, families, and businesses yet another tool to achieve economic peace of mind now and in the future.
In the end, citizens in Florida and across the country know best how to spend their money and deserve to keep more of it in their wallets and bank accounts. Congress needs to take action to make responsible fiscal policy changes that will help strengthen our Nation's future. That means passing the FairTax sooner rather than later.
California volunteer State Director, Jim Donnell sent us a note about a Tax Day rally at the California State Capitol:
"The FairTax booth was a popular spot. We had over 90 people sign post cards to be sent off to their representatives in Congress urging them to support the FairTax. We handed out well over 100 FairTax fliers and handed out a bunch of FairTax pens. All in all we felt it was a very successful day. I also had an opportunity to speak to the crowd for about 10 minutes after which we had people lined up two and three deep wanting more information.
Hearty thanks to Jim and fellow FairTax volunteers John Depue, Frank Wagener, Kenneth Smith and Maxine Rodowicz for working so hard to make the event happen!
…Obama, Speaker John Boehner and others all the way down on both sides of the aisle give the same talking points on the need for comprehensive tax reform. "We need to close loopholes." "We need to make it more transparent." "We need to simplify."..
The Fair Tax Act is a bill currently in Congress that would do just that…
Well, if this is so good, why hasn't Congress done it?
This goes back to the bi-partisan effort I started with. Those in leadership have too much invested in the tax code to let it go easily. They may bicker over many things, but even when their side is not in power, they can't let it go hoping that they will have their turn again. The only two classes that truly exist are the political elite, and the rest of us. This is why "we the people" no matter our other issues or disagreements, must be non-partisan on this, and force them to do what is right.
Isn't it time you got involved?
Town hall meeting focuses on tax reform – WHIZ News
A town hall meeting proposed the idea that the current tax system is flawed and a tax reform is needed.
The forum debated the difference between a flat tax and a fair tax. Speakers on both sides agreed that the forum will hopefully act as a way to change the tax system.
"This is a replacement for the system that's already there, the federal income tax. What we propose to do under the fair tax is eliminate the income tax and eliminate the IRS and replace it with one simple retail sales tax," said Steve Curtis, State Director with Americans for Fair Tax Ohio…
Curtis adds, "Our objective is to help people understand just how bad of a situation we're in and give them an alternative."
Understanding The FairTax Webinar
With April's Additional Topic: The effect on seniors and retired people.
Why: To provide a LIVE, interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present special topics that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed.
Who: Join Marc Manieri, Webinar Producer & Host from Orlando, Florida. Our webinars are vital to educating honest tax payers. We help build the knowledge base of those on the front lines as well as those wanting to know what the FairTax is about.
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-- If everyone knew all there is to know, they would not do half the things they do, including myself, therefore I must foregive them, including myself.