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Editorial: Why not 'simplify' Income Tax code?




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June 19, 2013 | 1,205 views | 6 comments

By James R. Donnell

Congressman Tim Griffin [AZ-02] appeared on Fox News to talk about the effort in the House Ways and Means committee to simplify the income tax code, eliminate loopholes, lower the rates, etc. He said that the Senate Finance committee is in similar agreement to which the Fox reporter replied, “I can’t imagine any American would against that ...”

Wake up people! In 1986 Congress simplified the code, removed loopholes, and lowered the rates. Nearly 30 years later our tax code is more complicated than ever approaching 80,000 pages of code. Since 1986, Congress and lobbyists have raked in billions of dollars from corporations and the wealthy in exchange for special exemptions in the tax code.

A case in point: In December 2011, Public Campaign released a report utilizing data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Citizens for Tax Justice and SEC filings showing that from 2008 to 2010, 30 companies spent a combined $495 million on lobbyists. Twenty-nine of those companies paid no income tax.

Call me suspicious, but I think Congress is chomping at the bit to “simplify” the code again to start the next inflow of money.

We don’t want to simplify the income tax code; we want to eliminate it, along with the ability for Congress to sell tax code changes in exchange for campaign contributions. HR25/S122 -- The FairTax bill would do exactly that.

The FairTax bill is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, and dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality.

Call your representatives in Congress today and tell them you don’t want them to simplify the income tax code, that you want them to abolish it and pass HR25 / S122.

James R. Donnell is a resident of Cameron Park, Calif.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
June 25, 2013 9:57am
 
Snowden is minor traitor, the real big traitor is Obama...despise this spirit and Constitutional killing thug.

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
June 24, 2013 12:10pm
 
retiredinlavernia: Maybe you should have not retired early? Life is full of choices.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 23, 2013 9:11am
 
The so called fair tax with a prebate (new word) has nothing fair about it. Progressive tax systems are not fair and just the continuation of a large welfare program.

 
Alvin Charmaine  
June 22, 2013 4:14pm
 
Retired - under a fairtax you obviously would be negatively impacted - significantly so. You bring up a very good point that I had never considered. That said, you are likely among a very very small group that would be impacted ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
June 22, 2013 3:49am
 
Will this be retroactive? - As a person who retired early I have almost Zero income (living off savings - too young for SS). In my best years working I paid over $80,000 per year in income taxes for several years . Now if I ... More ›

 
Michael Abbott  
Sutherland Springs, TX  
June 21, 2013 10:05pm
 
Here is a link concerning this article... http://www.fairtax.org/PDF/FairTaxOverview.pdf

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