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April 4, 2013

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

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Think of the Fair Tax as a progressive tax on the standard of living that you can afford. You now have freedom over how much tax you pay by controlling your spending on new goods and services.

Who opposes the FairTax policy? Tax lobbyists and Washington, D.C., has 17,500 registered tax lobbyists. Thus they out number the 537 elected officials by 32-to-1. Lobbying pays off by buying tax favors to game the tax code to get tax favors of many more dollars than the lobbying expenses. Plus, lobbying is a lucrative position for politicians when they are out of office. They no longer have the power but the pay is still real nice.

The IRS department will not be needed after the transition period. Some people will be employed by the Treasury Department to over see tax collections from the states and by Social Security to manage the tax refund, called a prebate, as issued the first of each month. Gone are $450 billion spent annually to comply with the present federal tax code.

Some politicians oppose the FairTax because they like the power to use the present tax system to their advantage. The need for tax lawyers will also decline. On the other hand, CPAs generally do not like tax work as the code has become contradictory and more difficult to understand. This leads to no correct answer and increased litigation liability.

Some voters like politicians having the power to redistribute wealth by taking from some and giving to others. Others believe that politicians are better at managing our economy than the free market system.

Grassroots support from loud and clear voices is needed to get the Fair Tax bill passed. As of March 13th, 63 representatives and eight senators are supporting the Fair Tax. Learn more, get involved and visit www.fairtax.org. Please contact your U.S. representative and two senators. Ask them to co-sponsor the Fair Tax bill, HR 25/S122.

Paul Livingston is a FairTax volunteer, district director and a resident of Jacksonville, Fla. Contact him at paulforfairtax@yahoo.com.

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