Fair Tax Advocates Speak Up for Their PlanWall Street Journal
December 10, 2007; Page A17
The FairTax is not just another sales tax but rather is a sales tax that would replace all the IRS taxes and payroll taxes, and that is why the rate is expressed as an inclusive rate -- the same inclusive way as the taxes it replaces.
The problem you mention ("The Huckabee Contradiction," Review & Outlook, Dec. 5) regarding the difficulty of repealing the 16th Amendment and winding up with both an income tax and the FairTax does not hold water -- nothing is stopping Congress right now from enacting the FairTax immediately resulting in both taxes being in place.
My attraction and dedication to your paper over the past 40 years is based on your support for liberty for America. Over this time I have read countless editorials in which you expose all of the flaws of our IRS tax system and its inevitable political class warfare starting with "soak the rich."
Collecting taxes at the retail level is already in place and much more easily monitored by the states. Compare that to our current system and think how it would reduce enforcement. In addition, with point of sale collection you don't have to be a citizen nor declare how you got the money. If you spend it, we collect at the time. How simple is that?
Complicated rebate system? "The monthly prebate check is calculated by multiplying the annual poverty level spending published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services times the FairTax rate and dividing by twelve."
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
How about the idea of being able to export goods to other countries with no embedded taxes, allowing manufacturing in this country to export goods instantly more than 20% cheaper.
Imagine if you were an international business, and you saw that you could do business in this country with no income tax on your business, or no tax on your capital. Companies which have left this country, partially due to our oppressive income tax, would be knocking the door down to get back in. We would have more jobs, higher wages, and would restore the manufacturing base we once had in this country.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
First and foremost, the FairTax will devolve power from Washington. No longer would tax money be the wellspring of special favors. Will Congress find ways to hoodwink the people? Of course, but it will be much, much harder.
Your editorial board is too young to remember the repeal of the 18th Amendment, but I remember it. Can you assert with a straight face that complying with the myriad complexities of the income tax is less unpopular than was National Prohibition?
Go to the fairtax.org site. Do some reading.