We’re making waves

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” – Paul Bryan

After a lifetime spent studying cultures around the world, anthropologist Margaret Mead observed, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

We FairTaxers are committed to seeing the FairTax® become the law of the land. 

Yet, do you ever wish you could do more and wonder if your contributions to the FairTax campaign are really helping to advance the cause? Do you wonder if your phone calls and letters to your elected representatives, your generous financial gift(s) or maybe your volunteering in a FairTax booth have really moved the needle? Does your sharing the FairTax Plan with a neighbor or co-worker really help bring another person on board the FairTax train?

In a word – YES!

Mother Teresa helped put your contributions in perspective when she said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

You, ladies and gentlemen, are drops of water creating larger and larger waves in the ocean of our political system. Rest assured, everything you do, no matter how insignificant it may seem, advances the FairTax further and further. Your calls, your letters, your gifts, your volunteering at FairTax events – everything is vital to advancing the largest grassroots tax replacement plan in the nation.

And yet, there is so much more to be done, like AFFT paid memberships.

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the new AFFT new paid membership initiative. Remember, we have a goal of one million paid members. That’s right – one million paid members. Yes, that’s a lot of drops, but we believe it is doable.  

Consider this: The National Rifle Association (NRA) has 4.5 million paid members. And yet, in 2012, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms estimated there were only 3.1 million registered gun owners in the U.S.

But in contrast, 243 million taxpayers have to navigate a tax code that even IRS watchdog Nina Olson said in 2012, “obscures comprehension, leaving many taxpayers unaware how their taxes are computed and what rate of tax they pay; it facilitates tax avoidance by enabling sophisticated taxpayers to reduce their tax liabilities and provides criminals with opportunities to commit tax fraud; and it undermines trust in the system by creating an impression that many taxpayers are not compliant, thereby reducing the incentives that honest taxpayers feel to comply.”

Then once these 243 million taxpayers have filed their yearly tax return, they live in stark terror of receiving an IRS audit notice.

They know that if audited, the IRS can and most likely will seize their property, their income and all their financial holdings. And the IRS can imprison them for the rest of their lives. And all of this is done with total and complete impunity.

These taxpayers represent the potential of 243 million new drops in the FairTax ocean.

That is IF they hear about the FairTax Plan. And there is nobody better than you to tell taxpayers in your local area about the FairTax. Invite people over for coffee and dessert. Ask to speak to your local Rotary or Kiwanis Club, invite your book club to read The FairTax book and lead a discussion comparing the FairTax to the income and flat tax.

Consider ordering FairTax pocket cards from the FairTax store and present one to every waiter when you pay your restaurant check. Give one to your doctors and other healthcare professionals, along with a membership form, and invite them to join you in supporting the FairTax Plan. 

Imagine if AFFT recruited just 1% of America’s 243 million taxpayers, our membership ranks would swell to 2.43 million paid members. Now that’s a game changer and you can be a driving force in changing how Washington views the FairTax.

Take a look at the math. If just 10,000 FairTax supporters each recruited one AFFT member per month, the result would be 120,000 AFFT members in the first year and 240,000 AFFT members at the end of the second year. If each of these 120,000 members then recruited three new AFFT members by the end of the second year, we would have almost one million members!

Khalil Gibran said, “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” Please never doubt that a small but committed group of everyday citizens like us can achieve one million members and we will get the FairTax passed.

Finally, this week in theatres across the nation, taxpayers from all walks of life watched the movie, “UnFair:  Exposing the IRS.” For the first time, many of these citizens learned how the tax code and the IRS are used as political weapons. They also learned that there is an alternative to this longstanding American nightmare. They learned about the FairTax Plan. It was a great night for the FairTax.

Tony Robbins said, “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” This next week, may we all find ourselves on a clear and determined path to FairTax success.

Until next week,

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director  

Tuesday: UnFair + FairTax hits theaters!

“He that can have patience can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

On Thursdays, Facebook fans have adopted a growing ritual affectionately known as “Throw Back Thursday.” Users post their favorite remembrances from the past – a childhood picture, a tattered piece of high school memorabilia, news clippings of a place where the locals once gathered.

For Facebook, taking a walk down memory lane has proven to be a popular activity for many users. For the FairTax® campaign, taking time to look at the past provides a possible window into understanding the journey that has gone before us and lies ahead.

The FairTax legislation, first introduced in Congress 15 years ago, represents the greatest transfer of power from the Congress to the people since the Founding Fathers began drafting the Constitution in 1787. Some people say they love the FairTax but don’t think it will ever become law. Others believe that we have to repeal the 16th Amendment, and because repealing an amendment takes a long time, there is no reason to push the FairTax now.

It is important that doubters consider these historical facts:

  • While the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, may have taken less than a year to be ratified, the decades leading up to its passage divided the nation and engulfed it in a bitter and costly civil war, but its supporters persisted and it was enacted.
  • The 27th Amendment, which prohibited increasing or decreasing the salary of Members of Congress until the next term of office begins for the House of Representatives, was introduced in 1798 and even though it took 202 years, 7 months and 12 days to ratify, its supporters persisted and it was enacted.
  • The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, began as a serious movement in the mid-19th century. Congress passed the legislation in July 1919, and ratified it in August 1920. As noted by the National Archives, “Few early supporters lived to see final victory in 1920,” but it was enacted.
  • The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 years of age, was debated for thirty years, but took three months and eight days to ratify after being passed by Congress.

Fulton Sheen said, “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”

Those who seek to protect the control, power and abuse they have carved out with the current income tax system believe that if they just keep throwing up roadblocks and ignore the FairTax movement, we will eventually join the doubters and give up and go away.

We have a message for them.

Never underestimate our patience as being a lack of action. Never doubt our unwavering principles in our quest for simple and fair taxation for all. Never question that we understand the concept of timing, and we are confident our time will come.
What our opponents fear the most is that the FairTax is the right and the best thing to do for America. Many of them instinctively know the truth of what Victor Hugo said so long ago,  “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

To further help educate people on the FairTax, in just four days; one of the biggest FairTax events in 15 years will take place in theatres across the nation. The 90-minute movie, “UnFair: Exposing the IRS,” will be showing for one night only on October 14 at 7:00 P.M. across all time zones.

This groundbreaking documentary promises to do what no other movie has done before – tell the stories of betrayal, corruption, intimidation and the harsh personal, economic and political realities of America’s income tax system and the IRS. More importantly, it presents the FairTax Plan as the only real solution!

Don’t delay. Buy your ticket today. And call your friends, family and neighbors and invite them to join you at the movies. Go to http://www.unfairmovie.com/tickets/ to locate theatres near you and to buy advance tickets. And if you are interested, click here to check on Theatre Captain opportunities in your hometown.

See you at movies!

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Abolish the IRS? A New Documentary Says It Can be Done and Replaced With a ‘Fair Tax’

The Blaze

“Unfair: Exposing The IRS,” a new documentary hitting theaters for just one night on Tuesday, October 14, explores the rampant abuses of the Internal Revenue Service.

The 1:20 film details the well-known story of the IRS targeting of conservative groups, but there are more abuses exposed. “Unfair” highlights a relatively unknown problem experienced by parents who adopt children from outside of the country, harassment of groups like the American Legion, and certain religious organizations.

In addition to pointing out the overreaching actions of the agency, the film also hopes to jump-start a movement to abolish the bloated agency and replace it with a “fair tax.”

On Friday’s edition of “The Morning Blaze” on TheBlaze Radio, the film’s narrator and producer, Craig Bergman spoke with Mike Opelka about the film, the variety of IRS abuses and explained the difference between a fair tax and a flat tax…

FairTax® Fanaticism

Philip L. Hinson

Member, AFFT Board of Directors

Georgians for Fair Taxation

August 12, 2014

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Some of us who have been fighting so hard and sacrificing so much for the FairTax for years are occasionally asked the question of why we keep at it. Another way of expressing that sentiment is the view that Congress will never relinquish the power that the current tax system provides them and that we should just accept that we are here to serve them, rather than vice versa. While that sort of resignation is certainly tempting at times, there is one reason that many of us labor on at what we all recognize is a marathon, rather than a sprint, with little to gain from it personally. That reason was in the spotlight this week with a new poll released by the WSJ and NBC1. The poll included the startling finding that 76% of the American public now lacks confidence that “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us.” Although that measure of public sentiment has been increasing for several years, 76% represents an all-time high (at least so far). A number that large obviously cuts across virtually all age, racial, educational, socio-economic, and political lines – as well it should. Another interesting finding of that poll is that many Americans are now blaming Congress for this almost incomprehensible failing.

Every generation in this nation’s 235+ year history has had challenges to overcome, and those challenges have typically been quite different from those that the previous generation overcame. In spite of two world wars, a gut-wrenching and disastrous civil war, the Great Depression, and numerous other huge challenges, prior generations have somehow managed to meet the challenges of their time. Our generation (I am a not-so-proud baby boomer) faces what is perhaps the largest transformational change in world history. That change is the manner in which the experts who have studied globalization view this trend, which by all reckonings is in its very early stages. There can be little debate that the level of global competition that we face today is much greater than it was ten years ago and little doubt that the level that we will face in ten years will be much greater than we experience today. To say that we in the United States, and most especially our elected leaders, fail to grasp the magnitude of this challenge would be a gross understatement. In a previous article I wrote entitled “US Tax Code Hurts Competitiveness,“ I made the case that we have the very worst tax system on the planet from the standpoint of global competitiveness. There can be very little doubt that if we continue to stand pat with such a huge impediment to our global competitiveness, our economy will continue to languish in the face of ever increasing competition.

MarketFlagClearly the U. S. can and should be able to compete effectively in this new environment. We still have the best higher education system in the world, even if our secondary system is badly in need of reform. We have the best capitol allocation system in the world, at least when we can fight off crony capitalism and allow the free market to allocate capitol. Our intellectual property laws are the gold standard for the rest of the world and serve as a magnet for the world’s brightest and most creative minds. However, we cannot thrive in the 21st century when our tax system provides enormous economic incentives for companies to locate, expand, and produce their products elsewhere. The competition for everything is going global: capital, jobs, markets, educational opportunities — everything.

The response of some of our government officials would be amusing if the stakes were not so high. Under the leadership of Secretary Jack Lew, the Treasury Department is looking at financial penalties which could be used to stanch “corporate inversions.”2 West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was recently widely quoted as saying that what his daughter did as CEO of a generic drug company should be illegal.3 So here we have the specter of our policy-makers in Washington creating enormous financial incentives for business leaders to transfer capital, plant, equipment, and jobs offshore — and these very same policy-makers demonize the business leaders who respond to the incentives that they put in place. What in the wide world of sports is wrong with this picture? The most encouraging aspect of this sad saga may be the WSJ/NBC finding cited above that Americans are beginning to place the blame where it belongs – on the Congressional policy-makers who are incredibly skillful at finger-pointing and evading responsibility for anything.

Here is the other bitter irony to all of this. As everyone who reads or has a TV in their home knows, the United States is a magnet for individuals from other nations seeking freedom, liberty, and economic opportunity. Our biggest problem is controlling the hordes who wish to reside in the USA for these reasons. However, on the corporate side, we have a problem with companies fleeing the nation that insists that they pay “their fair share” in taxes. Just what does this phrase “their fair share” refer to? The primary incentive for companies to locate elsewhere is that the United States (1) has the highest corporate income tax rate in the world, and (2) remains one of the few nations in the world that insists on taxing the world-wide income of its domestic companies. So U. S. based companies not only have to pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world on domestically derived income, but that same high rate applies to all their global income. When companies relocate their home headquarters to another country, they still owe corporate income taxes on income which originates in the United States (at, of course, the highest rate in the world). To most other nations, that would constitute “their fair share.” In other words, earn it here, pay taxes here; earn it there, pay taxes there. That is not the policy in the US, where the political ruling class insists that they and they alone have the right to define what “their fair share” means. So the response by our policy-makers to businesses fleeing an uncompetitive tax system is to hold these corporations hostage. Quite a contrast between our policies as it relates to individuals versus corporations, isn’t it?

There are countries in the world today which are growing their middle classes (some quite rapidly), even if they have never historically had much of a middle class. This is in stark contrast to the United States, which is seeing its middle class coming under assault, even though our middle class has traditionally been the foundation of our economy. How are they doing it?  It is fairly basic, as it turns out. They are pursuing economic growth as a major policy objective. However, when pro-growth strategies are put forth in the United States, they are immediately derided as “trickle down” and a return to failed policies of the past. In his outstanding book That Used To Be Us, Thomas Friedman poses the question of how the United States has fallen behind in the world it helped create. A big part of the answer is the abandonment of the formula for American economic success just at the point in time when that same formula (or at least parts of it) is being adopted around the world.

One question that I have pondered since I became a student of the FairTax is this one: How can we have such an uncompetitive tax system when the need for a 21st century tax system is so enormous and the amount of economic pain being felt in this nation is so extreme? How can our elected representatives go to such contortions to try to “tweak” the current system when they know (or should know) that there is already a solution to this vexing dilemma that they have merely to vote on and pass? The latest example of this is a proposal that House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp introduced some months ago. Chairman Camp had been working on this (no doubt with tax payer funded staff support) for quite some time – perhaps a couple of years. When finally unveiled, three different independent organizations4 scored the proposal and found that it would produce very little economic growth. If I were the chairman of Ways & Means and I ignored the pleas of constituents and the general public, and used considerable taxpayer funded resources to arrive at a tax plan which after much fanfare offered little economic benefit, I would be embarrassed and chastened. Does anyone think that Chairman Camp felt that way? Does anyone think that the Republican establishment criticized him in any way for wasting time that we could not afford to waste? Think about this for a minute – Congress has had the FairTax bill for more than a decade now, and yet they continue to waste valuable time doing pretty much anything they can to save the foundation of the current system. Why?

The answer is obvious, once you understand how Congress TaxDayFlaglgreally works. The current tax system, as uncompetitive as it is, and as big a job killer as it is, does one thing extremely well. It is a marvelous siphon to sweep cash from the bank accounts of well-heeled big money special interests and into the campaign coffers of career politicians and the K Streeters who facilitate this corrupt practice. The trade in tax preferences for campaign cash is an enormous industry, as evidenced by the tremendous growth in the cost of Congressional campaigns over the past few decades, as well as the increasing amounts of reported lobbying fees5.

The first six minutes of a recent episode of The Political Insiders highlights the problem perfectly6. In this segment, the three guest panelists lament the fact that jobs and the economy are extremely high on the list of the public’s concerns, but not so much with their elected representatives. The reason is that our “political ruling class” has largely protected itself from the financial distress that their policies have wrought on the rest of the nation. At one point, Pat Cadell refers to Washington, DC as “Versailles on the Potomac” and criticizes Congress for “feathering their nests while the nation goes into a slow decline.” Several excellent books have been written on the growing disconnect between Washington and the rest of the nation. The authors of those books are both Republicans and Democrats. Pollster Scott Rasmussen has done extensive polling on this subject and finds that large numbers of the American public believe:

  1. we would be better off picking names randomly from the phone book and sending them to Congress, rather than continuing with our current system of primaries and general elections,
  2. that their member of Congress does not care what they think about issues,
  3. that big government and big business work together in tandem at the expense of the general public, and
  4. that most members of Congress are corrupt.

Please note that the operative word for that last point is “most.” Not some, not a few, not many. Most. Let that sink in. For a nation in which respect for its institutions has been a key factor in the maintenance of law and order and a civil society, that is a chilling thought. And for a nation in which a self-reporting tax system must rely on the perception of at least some semblance of fairness that is critical to its continued operation, this is a trend which is ominous indeed.

If we lose government “of, by, and for the people”7 and allow it to be displaced by government of, by, and for the special interests, we will have lost a legacy that has been handed down to us at enormous cost in blood and treasure. If we allow our baby boomer generation to pass from this earth without assuring that the next generation will have at least as much opportunity for economic freedom and success as we were given by our parents’ generation, then future generations will have every right to curse our existence. If that happens, it will be because we allowed a very small group of self-entitled, greedy, and narcissistic individuals to hi-jack the finest model of representative democracy that has ever existed on this planet for their own personal power and financial success. This is not about partisanship; and those who see every public policy question through the prism of their hyper-partisanship are being used by the professionals who manipulate public perception for their own selfish personal motives. As several astute observers have noted, the biggest political divide in this nation is not between the political left and right; it is between the 1/10 of 1%8 who have hi-jacked our federal government at the expense of the other 99.9% of us. Will that vast and overwhelming majority wake up before it is too late or will we lose that precious legacy forever? I honestly do not know the answer to that question. What I do know is that I am privileged to continue to work with one of the finest groups of men and women that I have ever interacted with who want nothing for themselves and truly live John F. Kennedy’s immortal words: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”. The other thing that I know is that we will never acquiesce to being the first generation in the history of this nation who will leave behind a country with less opportunity than the one we inherited. If that makes us fanatics, then I am proud to wear that label.

  1. http://graphics.wsj.com/wsjnbcpoll/
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/business/Action-in-washington-on-corporate-inversions.html?_r=0
  3. http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/senator-manchin-what-my-daughter-did-should-be-illegal-20140723
  4. The three organizations were the Heritage Foundation, The Tax Foundation, and JCT (Joint Committee on Taxation).
  5. https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O32mF726bxg
  7. The Gettysburg Address http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm
  8. This tiny fraction of the U. S population consists of the 535 elected members of congress, their staffs, the White House and its various administrative and cabinet agencies, the lobbyists on K Street and elsewhere, and the big money special interests who manipulate the system through campaign donations and lobbying fees. Scott Rasmussen refers to this group as “the political ruling class”. Mark Leibovich wrote a book entitled This Town in which he refers to them as “The Club”. Peter Shweizer’s term for them is “the Permanent Political Class” in his two books, Throw Them All Out and Extortion. Regardless of what label you use to refer to them, they are the minute minority who have exploited the public trust and perverted the concept of representative government for their own enrichment and aggrandizement.

FairTax replaces all federal taxes, eliminates IRS

The Missoulian

Consider this: visualize getting your whole paycheck (no federal income tax or FICA deductions) on every payday. Then, you decide how much federal tax you pay by what you choose to buy. FairTax does this for everyone. FairTax replaces – and is simpler and fairer than – the IRS’s 77,000-page federal income tax code. FairTax eliminates the IRS.

Now, let’s look at what taxes go away: The FairTax proposal in Congress now, HR25, replaces: 1. federal income, 2. payroll, 3. personal, 4. gift, 5. estate, 6. capital gains, 7. alternative minimum, 8. Social Security/Medicare, 9. self-employment and 10. corporate taxes. Yes, FairTax eliminates these and the IRS.

Big advantage: American workers take home their whole paychecks. Not only will more of us have jobs, but we will also take home 100 percent of our paychecks (less state income tax). No federal income or payroll taxes are withheld from paychecks, from pensions, from investment income or from Social Security checks.

Next time we’ll discuss: How the pre-bate completely un-taxes the poor’s (and everyone’s) spending up to the poverty level.

See for yourself: Answers to frequently asked questions, link here: http://fairtax.org.

– Edd Wigginton

A MUST for your checklist!

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” - Charles de Gaulle

It’s October and before you know it the holidays will be in full swing and our minds will be on cooking, shopping and family gatherings. So let’s take a moment and recap our progress to date on our FairTax® “to-do” list.

  • Write and call my elected representative
  • Send in my AFFT paid membership
  • Sponsor my friends and family for their AFFT memberships
  • Share FairTax.org’s Facebook post
  • Share the FairTax Plan with my community
  • Participate in my local FairTax organization
  • Forward my donation to AFFT
  • Discuss the FairTax at my elected representative’s town hall meeting
  • Purchase my UnFair movie ticket for the October 14 showing at 7:00 P.M.

Wow, you’ve been busy!

Now you can sit down, relax and enjoy your favorite TV show. And that’s when you hear that all too familiar sound – the canned script of an elected representative asking for your support in November.

Yes, the 2014 mid-term elections are in full swing and candidates everywhere are saturating TV and radio with their latest round of patriotic, apple pie ads. To hear them talk you would think they were your new best friend standing tall for freedom, liberty and the American way. You know the ads I am talking about.

The cookie cutter ads that never discuss real issues:

  • Issues like how America’s income tax code is destroying jobs and economic growth.
  • Issues like “tax extenders” aka those pesky little tax breaks that expire every two years just before the elections, and magically feed the campaign coffers of Congressional incumbents who then extend the endangered loophole once more when the campaign trough is appropriately stuffed.
  • Issues like the IRS destroying the hard drives of employees who intentionally targeted conservative non-profits while facilitating unprecedented levels of taxpayer identity theft.
  • Issues like the catastrophic loss of jobs due in large part to an income tax code that extracts from American corporations the highest corporate tax rate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

These are real issues that deserve more than canned ads from disengaged candidates who seem more concerned with protecting their millionaire Washington lifestyle than they do in solving America’s tax code problem.

Our income tax system is a serious issue that serves deserve serious discussion and a serious solution. That solution is the FairTax – the only tax replacement plan before Congress that actually replaces the income tax code with the FairTax and disbands, defunds and eliminates the IRS.

America doesn’t need more cookie cutter political ads. Hardworking taxpayers need to hear about the FairTax.

And now you can help spread the good news of the FairTax Plan. Is there a FairTax ad inside you? Have you secretly wanted to produce an ad telling the nation about your tax story and why the FairTax is so important? Now you can and if your ad is selected, it could become a 30-second national spot!

“Your Voice – Your Ad” is looking for people who want to be heard on matters that are important to them. What could be more important than jobs, the economy, eliminating the tax code, the IRS and a simple and fair tax system for all Americans?

All you have to do is script and record your 30-second video or audio message (the website says, “don’t worry about production value – it’s what you have to say that matters”) and submit it online to http://yourvoiceyourad.com. That’s it.

If your ad is chosen, your creative skills could help a whole new generation learn about the FairTax Plan! 

It’s been said that being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart. It’s also an imperative to making the FairTax the law of the land. We’ve got the FairTax – you’ve got the voice, the story and the creativity. Good luck!

Until next week,

cynthia

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

A MUST for your checklist!

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.” - Charles de Gaulle

It’s October and before you know it the holidays will be in full swing and our minds will be on cooking, shopping and family gatherings. So let’s take a moment and recap our progress to date on our FairTax® “to-do” list.

  • Write and call my elected representative
  • Send in my AFFT paid membership
  • Sponsor my friends and family for their AFFT memberships
  • Share FairTax.org’s Facebook post
  • Share the FairTax Plan with my community
  • Participate in my local FairTax organization
  • Forward my donation to AFFT
  • Discuss the FairTax at my elected representative’s town hall meeting
  • Purchase my UnFair movie ticket for the October 14 showing at 7:00 P.M.

Wow, you’ve been busy!

Now you can sit down, relax and enjoy your favorite TV show. And that’s when you hear that all too familiar sound – the canned script of an elected representative asking for your support in November.

Yes, the 2014 mid-term elections are in full swing and candidates everywhere are saturating TV and radio with their latest round of patriotic, apple pie ads. To hear them talk you would think they were your new best friend standing tall for freedom, liberty and the American way. You know the ads I am talking about.

The cookie cutter ads that never discuss real issues:

  • Issues like how America’s income tax code is destroying jobs and economic growth.
  • Issues like “tax extenders” aka those pesky little tax breaks that expire every two years just before the elections, and magically feed the campaign coffers of Congressional incumbents who then extend the endangered loophole once more when the campaign trough is appropriately stuffed.
  • Issues like the IRS destroying the hard drives of employees who intentionally targeted conservative non-profits while facilitating unprecedented levels of taxpayer identity theft.
  • Issues like the catastrophic loss of jobs due in large part to an income tax code that extracts from American corporations the highest corporate tax rate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

These are real issues that deserve more than canned ads from disengaged candidates who seem more concerned with protecting their millionaire Washington lifestyle than they do in solving America’s tax code problem.

Our income tax system is a serious issue that serves deserve serious discussion and a serious solution. That solution is the FairTax – the only tax replacement plan before Congress that actually replaces the income tax code with the FairTax and disbands, defunds and eliminates the IRS.

America doesn’t need more cookie cutter political ads. Hardworking taxpayers need to hear about the FairTax.

And now you can help spread the good news of the FairTax Plan. Is there a FairTax ad inside you? Have you secretly wanted to produce an ad telling the nation about your tax story and why the FairTax is so important? Now you can and if your ad is selected, it could become a 30-second national spot!

“Your Voice – Your Ad” is looking for people who want to be heard on matters that are important to them. What could be more important than jobs, the economy, eliminating the tax code, the IRS and a simple and fair tax system for all Americans?

All you have to do is script and record your 30-second video or audio message (the website says, “don’t worry about production value – it’s what you have to say that matters”) and submit it online to http://yourvoiceyourad.com. That’s it.

If your ad is chosen, your creative skills could help a whole new generation learn about the FairTax Plan! 

It’s been said that being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart. It’s also an imperative to making the FairTax the law of the land. We’ve got the FairTax – you’ve got the voice, the story and the creativity. Good luck!

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

UnFair:  An Opportunity That Must Not Be Lost

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

People often ask, “How do I make others see the benefits of the FairTax®? We have all experienced the frustration of explaining the FairTax and having someone politely say it makes sense and then change the subject to football or the weather. What is it about the tax code that causes these individuals to view tax reform and solutions like the FairTax as mundane topics for polite conversation?.

The answer may illuminate the challenge we all have in engaging new activists in the FairTax campaign and signing up new paid AFFT members.

A recent survey found that 56% of American taxpayers felt that they paid about the right amount of income tax.  More importantly, many taxpayers view the IRS favorably because they have never felt the IRS’ wrath and because they receive a “refund” check every year. Clearly, we have a lot of work to do and we need to educate and recruit these people who don’t see the IRS as a problem.

Craig Bergman, a long-time FairTax advocate, has produced a new feature movie that provides a great opportunity for the FairTax campaign. His documentary movie, UnFair, showcases the abuses of the IRS and makes the irrefutable point that the only solution is the FairTax Plan. It will be showing for one-night only on October 14, 2014, at 7:00 P.M., in theaters across the country.  You can find a list of theatres here.

UnFair provides the FairTax campaign with a terrific opportunity and educational tool. However, like any educational tool, it will only be successful if people know about it, buy tickets and come to the event on October 14. And that’s going to take a lot of work by a lot of people – people like you and me.

Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Together, let’s put on our overalls, roll up our sleeves and get to work supporting UnFair, generating new AFFT memberships and building a new army of FairTax supporters. Let’s make sure people know about the movie, buy tickets and get to their local theatres on October 14. And, don’t forget to use this opportunity to have attendees:

Here’s what else you can do:

  • Forward this e-mail to everyone you know and post it on Facebook.
  • Encourage fellow FairTaxers, friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to buy UnFair tickets TODAY.
  • Become a “Theatre Captain.” Theater Captains have an exciting and unique role in supporting UnFair including explaining the FairTax to the audience 30 minutes before the movie begins and answering questions after the movie ends. They can also invite attendees to sign the FairTax Petition and become paid members of AFFT.
  • Participate in SOCIAL MEDIA BOMBS every Tuesday until UnFair opens on October 14. Be sure to Follow and Friend on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Demand a theatre in your community.
  • Sponsor a theatre and host an UnFair-FairTax Party. As Will Rogers said, “It is not what you pay but what it costs.” Remember, for every AFFT membership you sign up at your theatre party, your state FairTax organization will receive 50% of paid memberships from your state (less bank fees or about 43%) to fund more state and local FairTax activities. As a theatre sponsor you can buy some or all of the tickets for your community theatre.  If you are interested in theatre sponsorship, don’t wait – sponsorships must be purchased by September 30th.

UnFair is an exciting opportunity to visually demonstrate to the nation the longstanding abuse of the income tax code and the IRS. It is also gives the FairTax campaign a fantastic opportunity to rapidly meet AFFT’s new goal of 1 million paid memberships. The 114th Congress will assemble in January 2015. Together, let’s make the 114th the one that finally enacted the FairTax.

See you at the movies!

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Steve Hayes
Chairman and President

Abolish The IRS – Payson Roundup

For several years now I, along with many other concerned citizens, have been encouraging our government to do away with the IRS. Our letters to congressmen, senators and presidents seem to have been ignored, while special interest lobbies have prevailed. To accommodate these special interests, changes are made to the IRS code every year; so much so, in fact, that most accountants can’t even keep up with the changes. I personally have hired CPAs who have made glaring mistakes that have cost me money (both in taxes and CPA fees).

We all know that it takes money to run the government and I have paid my share for over 60 years. I’ve saved receipts, hired accountants, purchased computer programs, and gone through audits. And through all of this I’ve wondered whether everyone else is paying their fair share. Is it possible that my neighbor’s tax attorney has found more loopholes in the code than mine? How about the companies that take their businesses overseas to avoid our tax system, such as Enron, who at one time had over 800 subsidiary companies in the Cayman Islands?

If there was no alternative to the present system we’d be stuck with what we have. But there is an alternative. It’s called the Fair Tax and it’s been introduced for passage several times in Congress. Up to now, special interest groups have successfully lobbied to keep it from passing. Can you imagine how the accountants, attorneys and IRS employees would be affected if we could pass something that’s simple and fair? We wouldn’t need them! There would be no tax returns to file every year, so no audits to worry about. And I’ve not even mentioned what it costs to run the over-bloated, inefficient system that we call the IRS. So far we have not been able to replace our tax system, but considering all the scandals and corruption going on in the IRS today, perhaps now we might have a chance to throw them all out. Another thought would be to just tell them that all your information has been lost and your hard drive crashed just before tax time. And it’s not recoverable! Good luck with that.

I would rather encourage everyone to contact their legislators and suggest that they support the Fair Tax. I’ve been doing this for several years and I’m not going to stop now. I think we owe it to our kids and grandkids to change what had been proven to be a burdensome and unfair taxation system. Information can be found regarding the Fair Tax proposal at www.fairtax.org.

Donald Bratten

This article is published in full, here.

Inversion Solution – Ocala StarBanner

The Sept. 14 Other Voices piece “Inversion is really the American way,” is spot-on in some aspects of our failing tax system. Tax inversions are products of lawful tax alternatives, paid for by companies through lobbyists, under our current tax code.

The tax rate of 3 percent on U.S. corporate income, plus 12 percent on any foreign income returned to the U.S., has resulted in a slow destruction of our economy.

As they preach tax reform and simplification, Congress sells exemptions, deductions and exclusions in 74,600 pages of code and regulation.

The real solution is right in front of us — repeal the ineffective IRS tax code and replace it with a consumption tax like the Fair Tax.

A key feature of a consumption tax provides a business-friendly tax structure that eliminates corporate income taxes, payroll taxes and investment taxes. As a result, corporations are incentivized to return offshore capital and bring their headquarters back to the U.S.

It’s time for Congress and the president to stop talking about fixing inversions, and allow the Fair Tax to actually do it. As an aside, the Fair Tax eliminates funding for and phases out the IRS.

On Oct. 14, a documentary revealing the violations of the IRS of personal liberties will be showing at 7 p.m. in Ocala, Gainesville and in more than 677 other theaters. “UnFair” exposes IRS abuses and is followed by a “town hall” forum on solutions headed up by Mike Huckabee.

Randy Fischer

This article is published in full, here.