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Number of words: 150
Title: Tax reform is needed, and there is a solution

Dear Editor,

Mass confusion surrounds our tax code and is beginning to stimulate the debate to reform our tax system.

What we need is a fair, simple, transparent tax system that any American can understand at a glance; a new tax system that would end late-night sweating over endless forms. We need a system that won't hide the tax burden in the cost of goods and services; a system that will allow working people to take home their entire paychecks.

We need a tax system that will eliminate post-April 15 anxiety over whether we will be one of the unlucky 34 million people who are assessed a civil penalty by the IRS each year or who receives the dreaded audit notices.

There is one plan that can do all that: the FairTax, a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Rep. John Linder (R-GA) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).


Number of words: 170
Title: Make America Competitive Again

Dear Editor,

Americans should be concerned about the competitive edge that our tax system gives foreign manufacturers. We should no longer allow the income tax to make foreign-produced goods more competitive than our own.

Replacing the income tax with the FairTax, a highly progressive federal consumption tax, will end this practice and make American products 20% to 30% more competitive, both at home and abroad. What a break for U.S. producers and consumers as well! Getting rid of the income tax will dramatically lower production costs in this country. And competition will ensure that these cost savings will flow not only to the pockets of American manufacturers who will be able to create more and better-paying jobs, but also to the pockets of American consumers who will be able to buy more, save more, and invest more.

It's time to give American producers and consumers a break by passing the FairTax into law. I would encourage your readers to visit the Americans for Fair Taxation website at www.fairtax.org.


Number of words: 200
Title: Tax reform is needed, and there is a solution

Dear Editor,

Mass confusion surrounds our tax code and is beginning to stimulate the debate to reform our tax system. Reform plans go from a minor overhaul of the income tax to completely abolishing it.

What we need is a fair, simple, transparent tax system that any American can understand at a glance; a new tax system that would end late-night sweating over endless forms and allow us to trash our shoe boxes full of receipts. We need a system that won't hide the tax burden in the cost of goods and services; a system that will allow working people to take home their entire paychecks, with no deductions.

We need a tax system that will eliminate post-April 15 anxiety over whether we will be one of the unlucky 34 million people who are assessed a civil penalty by the IRS each year or who receives the dreaded audit notices.

There is one plan that can do all that: FairTax, the perfect vision of a federal consumption tax. To learn more about this proposed new system of taxation, visit the FairTax Web site at www.fairtax.org.


Number of words: 200
Title: Fair and Simple

Dear Editor,

Mass confusion surrounds our tax code and is beginning to stimulate the debate to reform our tax system. Reform plans go from a minor overhaul of the income tax to completely abolishing it.

What we need is a fair, simple, transparent tax system that any American can understand at a glance. A new tax system that would end late night sweating over endless forms and allow us to trash our shoe boxes full of receipts. We need a system that won't hide the tax burden in the cost of goods and services; a system that will allow working people — wage earners — to take home their entire paychecks, with no deductions. We need a tax system that will eliminate post-April 15th anxiety over whether or not we will be one of the unlucky 34 million people who are assessed a civil penalty by the I.R.S. each and every year or that receives the dreaded audit notices.

There is one plan that can do all that, the FairTax, the perfect vision of a federal consumption tax. To learn more about this proposed new system of taxation, visit the FairTax website at www.fairtax.org.


Number of words: 220
Title: It is tax season once again

Dear Editor,

The President's tax cut proposal has many people talking about taxes. A lot of emphasis is placed on fixing certain aspects of the tax code but what is often overlooked by the majority of politicians is the entire tax code itself.

The tax code has grown to over 46,000 pages. No one, not even the IRS can correctly interpret this monstrosity of mumbo-jumbo. There is a simple solution. A bi-partisan bill called the FairTax has been introduced in the 108th Congress by congressmen John Linder (R-GA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN).

The FairTax will replace the entire Internal Revenue Code with a 23% national retail sales tax. This means that the federal government would collect its revenues from the cash register instead of from your paycheck. You will get to keep your entire paycheck.

The FairTax bill includes a monthly tax rebate for all families. The amount of the tax rebate depends upon your family's size and what the poverty level of income is. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services determined that the poverty level of income for a family of four to be $23,880 in 2002. This means that the monthly tax rebate for a family of four would be $458.

There are many more benefits to the FairTax. You can read more about them on the internet at www.fairtax.org.


Number of words: 250
Title: Taxing the System

Dear Editor,

The arrival of tax forms in the January mail signals that tax season has begun, but what if April 15 was just another beautiful spring day? If so, the IRS tax code would be gone.

In the late 70’s then President Jimmy Carter called the federal income tax system “a disgrace to the human race.” At that time, the tax code contained 23,000 pages. Today that number has grown to 46,000 pages.

Most agree that the income tax is unfair, complex and invasive, but what would be a better system?

In 1994 a group of business leaders, pondering the tax situation over lunch, decided to put up 1.5 million dollars of seed money to fund research and focus groups to answer this question.

They hired economists from some of the leading institutions including Harvard, MIT, the Argus Group and The National Bureau of Economic Research.

Their findings concluded that a system of taxation should be fair, visible, and easy to understand. The result was dubbed the “FairTax.” The FairTax Act (HR 25) is bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Minnesota Democrat, Collin Peterson and Georgia Republican, John Linder. The bill currently before congress repeals all corporate and individual income taxes, payroll taxes, self-employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes and gift taxes.

In their place it imposes a revenue-neutral national retail sales tax on all new goods and services at the point of final purchase for consumption.

The bottom line: you would take home 100 percent of your paychecks, social security or pension checks.


Number of words: 250
Title: Save the Middle Class

Dear Editor,

As a hardworking employee, I have always been dismayed at how much money I don't take home due to federal income and payroll taxes. Americans for Fair Taxation is proposing a consumer-oriented, fair tax proposal that will benefit taxpayers and not the IRS. The middle class, the majority of the population, will be better off under this new tax system. They, not the government, will control the amount they pay in taxes, because they control what and how much they purchase. The FairTax will continue to fund government at its current level so that government programs will continue, and Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue just like they did before.

And the middle class will not be the only ones to benefit from the FairTax because poverty-level Americans will pay no federal tax at all. They will no longer pay the highly regressive payroll tax imposed on the very first dollar earned, and they, like all Americans, will no longer pay 20% to 30% in hidden federal income taxes every time they spend a dollar. That is right, 20% to 30% of every dollar spent goes to the government to pay hidden federal taxes, including corporate income and payroll taxes that businesses pass on to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Every American should visit the website at www.fairtax.org to receive more information about this innovative tax reform proposal that would greatly help hardworking Americans take home every penny they earn.


Number of words: 300
Title: Tinkering with the Tax Code

Dear Editor,

There is a problem with the Bush tax cut. It makes the tax code more complex. Over 50% of all income tax filers pay someone to prepare their tax return. That cost in itself is an additional tax.

There is a simple solution. A bi-partisan bill called the FairTax has been introduced in the 108th Congress by congressmen John Linder (R-GA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN). The FairTax replaces all individual and corporate income taxes, payroll taxes, self-employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate and gift taxes with a single-rate national retail sales tax of 23%. This means that you would take home your entire paycheck – there would be no more withholding.

Critics of a national retail sales tax say that it is not fair to the poor because the poor must pay a larger percentage of their income to cover basic necessities. The FairTax bill answers this concern by including a monthly tax rebate that all families will receive. The amount of the rebate is based upon your family's size and what the government determines is the poverty level of income. Essentially, the rebate lowers the tax burden on families earning above the poverty line and eliminates the tax burden on families earning at or below the poverty line.

Another positive affect of the FairTax is that it removes the cost of hidden taxes from all products and services. Although businesses pay income taxes on paper, it is actually you and I who bear this burden through higher prices and lower wages. Harvard economist Dale Jorgenson estimates that hidden taxes may comprise anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of the price of a product or service.

The FairTax presents a win-win situation. The only problem with it is that it makes too much sense.


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