About Americans For Fair Taxation (FairTax.org):

Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) was founded in 1995, by three Houston entrepreneurs.
It is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) grassroots organization solely dedicated to replacing the current income tax code with a national retail-level consumption tax.

AFFT began as a research organization. Extensive polling and focus group studies were commissioned with a financially, ethnically and politically diverse group of taxpayers. The results of these studies led to a nonpartisan team of economists who developed the FairTax® plan.

Today, AFFT is the largest tax reform organization in the nation. We have a clearly defined
mission and vision for the American people:

MISSION: Pass the FairTax®

VISION: A reinvigorated U.S. economy with millions of new, well paying jobs under a federal tax system that:

  • Encourages a culture of savings and capital formation
  • Provides adequate funding for current and future national spending priorities
  • Restores the freedom, dignity and privacy of the taxpayer and,
  • Positions the U.S. to compete globally

The AFFT board of directors is an all-volunteer board comprised of working and retired taxpayers from all walks of life. Directors are elected by local FairTax supporters in their home state.


Steven L. Hayes

Chairman, President and Executive Committee, Florida

Steven L. Hayes graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas and the University of San Francisco Law School. As a self-described “recovering” tax attorney he spent considerable time and resources investigating alternatives to the income tax. Based on his research, including interviewing tax practitioners, business owners, employees and economists, he determined the best solution was to eliminate the income tax and the IRS and replace them with a national retail sales tax collected by the states.In 1990, Mr. Hayes joined and became President of Citizens For An Alternative Tax System (CATS), a non-profit 501(c)(4) lobbying organization, which was the first organization dedicated to the idea of replacing the federal income tax with a national sales tax. He was also instrumental in forming the Florida FairTax® Educational Association, Inc., (FFETA) and currently serves on the FFETA board of directors. Hayes has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, had numerous articles published in newspapers and magazines, and regularly speaks to groups of citizens around the country about why we must eliminate the income tax and the IRS and replace them with a national retail sales tax.Mr. Hayes has testified before the House Ways And Means Committee and former Congressman Jack Kemp’s Tax Reform Committee. He is widely sought after as a subject matter expert on tax reform panels and forums.

Phil Hinson

Vice President, Georgia

A native of Columbia, SC, Mr. Hinson has resided in the Atlanta area for the past thirty years. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences and a Masters degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina, as well as a CPA certificate from the state of Georgia. After gaining public accounting experience with Price Waterhouse & Co., he has spent the majority of his career in financial management positions, primarily with early growth stage technology companies. His positions include controller, VP – Finance, and Chief Financial Officer. Phil formerly hosted “Phil Hinson’s Tax Reform Hour,” which was broadcast from Radio Sandy Springs in Atlanta, Georgia. He has interviewed economists, authors, a variety of activists in the field of tax reform, members of congress and, of course, FairTax grassroots leaders.Phil has been a volunteer with Americans For Fair Taxation for 10 years and during that time he has written and spoken on the proposal, as well as being actively involved in the campaigns of political candidates who have made the FairTax part of their platforms.Phil can address a variety of subjects but specializes in international trade issues.

John Collet

Vice President. Kansas

John Collet is a retired business owner and 15 year FairTax® activist who served as the FairTax liaison to state and national Farm Bureau organizations. He previously chaired the grassroots/AFFT FairTax® American Support Team (FAST), and was a volunteer regional director for MO, KS, IA and NE. Most recently John served as a member of the grassroots governance Committee of 21.

Jim Bennett

Secretary, New Jersey

Jim Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lafayette College and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. He also matriculated in graduate level international law at the New York University (NYU) Law School before serving in Germany as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the United States Army. He is currently a Deputy Attorney General for the state of NJ.Fluent in German, Bennett was stationed in Mannheim, Germany during his career in the U.S. Army. He later joined the insurance conglomerate Gerling-Konzern in Cologne Germany where he was named vice president upon returning to New York. Bennett was then named before vice president and general counsel at the Colonia Insurance Group in New York. He started a private law practice in Summit, New Jersey in 1990, prior to his appointment with the state of NJ.Bennett is also a volunteer regional director of the PA, NY and NJ FairTax® associations, a member of the Board of FairTax® New Jersey. Bennett is a frequent tax reform commentator on local and national TV and radio programs and blogs and a prolific writer of opinion editorials and letters to the editor, having been published in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. A much sought after speaker he serves as a guest lecturer at NYU and has discussed tax reform alternatives with representatives of the Chilean government.

​​Phil Hamman

Treasurer (Officer – not Director), Texas

Phil Hamman received his masters degree in personal finance planning and his Bachelors degree in accounting from Texas Tech University. Mr. Hamman owns Phillip Hamman III, CPA, a private CPA practice that provides tax planning, income tax preparation, accounting, small business consulting, IRS audit representation, business exit planning, financial planning and asset management protection serves in Rosenberg and Lubbock, TX. He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army Reserves.

Officers and Leadership

  • Edward Ray Mckee, Jr. AL
  • Lori Klein – AZ
  • John Sullivan – CO
  • Randy Fischer – FL
  • Dr. Karen Walby – FL
  • Dr. Tom Brown – GA
  • Jim Duffie – GA
  • Marilyn Rickert, Executive Committee – IL
  • Douglas Opbroek – LA
  • Ron Babin – MI
  • Roger Buchholtz – MI
  • David Boone – MN
  • William Phelps – MO

  • Laura McCue – NC
  • Rob Rohrbough – NE
  • Autry J. Pruitt, Executive Committee- NY
  • Steve Curtis, Executive Committee- OH
  • Glenn Gray – OH
  • Tony Leach – OK
  • Jeff McIlroy – OK
  • John Steinberger – SC
  • William Fisher – TX
  • John Grafer, Executive Committee – TX
  • Marvin J. Kuhn – TX
  • Bob Frenzel – VA

Cynthia Canevaro

Executive Director

Cynthia brings to Americans For Fair Taxation® 30 year working in local, state and national campaigns and corporate public relations, human resources, business development and marketing.Before joining AFFT, she was the director of administration for a privately owned federal contractor in Oklahoma City. Previously, she spent 18 years with EDS Corporation – initially recruited by the CEO to design and manage the company’s first corporate education outreach program – later described as “the most successful community outreach program in the history of EDS.” Prior to joining EDS, Mrs. Canevaro served the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. as a special assistant supporting the Secretary’s of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Labor, Education and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). She also ran transportation for two Presidential Inaugural Committees.

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