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April 4, 2013

OPED: Who is helped, hurt by true tax reform?

Editor’s note: This is the eighth and last in a series of commentaries in support of the Fair Tax.

By PAUL LIVINGSTON

All government policy, including taxes, hurts some and helps others. Winners and losers are chosen. Class warfare is applied. Politicians, lobbyists and special interests play the tax system to their advantage.

Real true tax reform could eliminate direct taxation, a tyrannical taxing system, and re-establish the original Constitution with the repeal of the 16th Amendment. Gone would be the income tax and payroll taxes, regressive taxes on jobs. Tax reform could eliminate hidden/embedded taxes of some $.22 per dollar and release businesses from a complex tax system that drives up prices of USA goods and services and drives out jobs, companies and capital from our country.

The tax base could be moved from income, saving and investments to a larger and more stable tax base on consumption. The underground economy, estimated to be over one trillion dollars, could be taxed. Families with Social Security numbers could be untaxed up to poverty level spending. Everyone would benefit with new job opportunities from an expanding economy and from tax relief.

All Americans would be helped with tax reform that follows the five tax reform principles of fairness, easy to understand, transparent, supports economic growth and is revenue neutral (same tax amount collected as the replaced taxes).

The solution moves the tax base from income, savings and investments to a tax base on consumption. One tax, a progressive sales/consumer tax system on all new goods and services. The solution is called the Fair Tax, bill HR25/S122.

The Fair Tax solution can be a unifier to bring all citizens and political parties together as there is much to like for everyone. The Fair Tax is a progressive system. The more you spend, the more tax you pay and at an increasing rate up to 23 percent. With the monthly tax refund, a negative tax rate is possible until your spending exceeds the poverty level amount as now annually determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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