"Eight decades of amendments... to [the] code have produced a
virtually impenetrable maze... The rules are unintelligible to most citizens... The rules are equally mysterious to many
government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law".
- Former IRS Commissioner Shirley Peterson, April 14, 1993 at Southern Methodist University
It's clear. It's time for a change.
The current income tax system is broken. It's complicated, easy to evade, and unfairly burdens the lower and middle classes.
And, attempts to fix it have only made it worse.
The ugly facts.
When the income tax was instituted in 1913 the tax form was four pages long and you would had to have earned more than $300,000
(in 1994 dollars) to be even required to file a return. In 90 years this is what it has come to...
- The average tax burden borne by Americans in 2000 was 33.5%
- In the year 2000, the 1040 form was 70 lines long and had 117 pages of instructions.
- Individuals and businesses waste nearly $200 billion a year filing their taxes. We bear this burden through higher prices and
- The IRS prints some 280 instruction forms to explain how to complete nearly 480 tax returns.
- The tax code is so large that each year the IRS mails enough pages of forms and instructions to circle the earth nearly 28
- The number of IRS employees has more than doubled in the last 30 years.
- Half of all filers hire someone else to do their taxes.
Believe it or not the solution is simple - REPLACE the entire income tax system with a NATIONAL RETAIL SALES
There are two bills in Congress right now that everyone should be very interested in.
- The THE FAIRTAX ACT OF 2003
will replace the ENTIRE INCOME TAX SYSTEM with a 23% national retail sales tax. But before you panic over the sales tax
rate you should know that also in this bill is something called the
Family Consumption Allowance. It is a monthly
rebate check that all families will receive. A rebate is used in lieu of exempting certain products and services from the tax.
- The INDIVIDUAL TAX FREEDOM ACT OF 2001
will replace only income taxes with a 15% national retail sales tax. Payroll taxes will be left in place by this particular bill.
This bill has the Family Consumption Refund to serve the same purpose as the bill mentioned above.
|Visit Voters Organized for Tax Replacement (VOTR):
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tax replacement solution that is simple, fair, stable, economically sound, and completely replaces the current system by the year
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FairTax National Convention**
The first FairTax convention was held last November 810 in Atlanta, Georgia. The convention
included nationally recognized speakers and workshops on promoting the FairTax.
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