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Chairman's Report - April 5, 2019

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Chairman's Report - April 5, 2019

WHAT THE FAIRTAX IS NOT.

Over the last few years, I have noticed a trend to either support the FAIRtax or attack the FAIRtax not on its merits as a way of funding the federal government but because it doesn’t achieve the other objectives of the critic.
For example, those who believe that too much money is being spent by the federal government believe that the FAIRtax will reign in the spending.  Some who believe that not enough money is being spent on various programs label the FAIRtax as an instrument of their opponents to stop them.
Neither is accurate.

WHAT THE FAIRTAX IS.

The following is a statement made in a report prepared by the Joint Committee on Taxation entitled DISTRIBUTIONAL EFFECTS OF PUBLIC LAW 115-97:
 
“The primary purpose of a tax system is to raise revenue to fund government expenditures. Analysts generally judge a tax system—as a way of raising a given amount of revenue—in terms of how well the tax system handles issues of economic efficiency, fairness, and administrability. The design of a tax system involves tradeoffs between these different considerations. Measures designed to ensure compliance may increase the complexity of taxation for individual filers. Measures designed to promote simplicity may create distortions in investment decisions. Measures designed to promote growth may alter the distribution of the tax burden.”
 
This is a surprising statement when you view the remainder of the report in which the Committee uses very questionable logic to try to portray the 2017 tax reform as doing many of the things it described above.

However, the first sentence, The primary purpose of a tax system is to raise revenue to fund government expenditures, is the simple truth.  The best tax system is the one that raises revenue for the government in a manner that is least offensive and intrusive to the taxpayer  and is the least disruptive to the economy of a country.

The fact that is largely ignored by people who rely on the present income/payroll tax system for their livelihood and for their ability to control others is that all taxes are really taxes on consumption.  Unlike the federal government, if a citizen doesn’t only spend in accordance with their income, they are forced into bankruptcy. 

Therefore, any levy or tax that takes away from the money that a citizen has to use for consumption will obviously reduce the amount left for consumption.  Therefore, a property tax, gasoline tax, Social Security and Medicare tax, income tax and sales tax are all taxes that reduce the amount available for consumption.

The primary difference between these taxes is if they are collected prior to consumption or at the time of consumption.  The present income/payroll tax system taxes prior to consumption.  You can only use what is left after paying the income/payroll taxes for consumption. 

For example, if you get to keep 80% of every dollar from your paycheck, you will only be able to consume an amount up to that amount.  This means that if you purchase something for a dollar you will have to earn about $1.25, subtract the $.25 in income/payroll taxes and have the dollar to pay.  Under the income/payroll tax system, your consumption is taxed but just hidden.

Contrast this with the FAIRtax.  You get to keep all of the dollar you earned because there are no federal deductions for income/payroll tax. The FAIRtax is levied only when you purchase (consume) new retail goods and retail services and is paid with 100 cent dollars. 

The FAIRtax eliminates the complexities of the income/payroll tax system by taxing new goods and services when they are consumed.  It only requires retailers and providers of retail services to collect and remit the FAIRtax. 

These retailers, along with all other companies and people in the U.S., will no longer be burdened with the income/payroll tax system and, in most cases, are already collecting state sales taxes.  In addition, the FAIRtax provides compensation to the retailers for collecting the FAIRtax.

GOVERNMENT SPENDING UNDER THE FAIRTAX

Once money collected by the FAIRtax is received by the U.S. Treasury, the Congress and the President will determine how it is spent—just like with the income/payroll tax system.

In the early 1990’s I met with John Sununu, at the time President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff, and discussed replacing the income tax with a national retail sales tax.  He was very familiar with the proposal and told me that it was much better than the income tax and would lead to more economic growth.  I then asked him if he would support it and he answered that he could not because it gave Congress too much money that they would recklessly spend. 

A few years later, I was in Congressman Charles Rangel’s office when he joined a discussion on the national retail sales tax that I was having with his tax aide.  He told his aide that he thought that the U.S. would move to the national retail sales tax because he believed that it was the only way to produce the income to the government needed for the spending he wanted to do.

POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF THE FAIRTAX ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING

While the purpose of the FAIRtax is to raise money for the federal government, there are some important differences between the FAIRtax and the present income/payroll tax system.

Under the present income/payroll tax system:

  • Federal taxes are often hidden in the prices of goods which we purchase, thus the consumer has no idea how much of the price goes to federal taxes.
  • Compliance costs of the income/payroll tax are hidden in the prices of the goods which we purchase, and again the consumer has no idea how much of the price is paying the compliance costs.
  • Although workers see the amounts withheld from their paychecks, they often just assume that the amount they are making is their take-home pay, not their gross pay.
  • Congress and the Swamp can change the income tax code at any time and use this threat to let all of us know that they are in charge and can dramatically affect how much of our money they will confiscate. 
Under the FAIRtax:
  • Although all U.S. residents are not filing under the income/payroll tax system, almost everyone is a consumer who makes purchases of new goods and retail services daily.
  • Because the retail products will no longer contain the costs of the present income/payroll tax system, this will allow prices to fall by at least 10%.
  • With each purchase of new goods and retail services, the resident will see the amount payable to the federal government.
  • Nothing is hidden in the price of new goods or retail services.

CONCLUSION
 
After we enact the FAIRtax, a person wanting to reduce government spending can explain to people that by eliminating $X of spending, the 23% rate can be reduced to X%.  A person wanting to increase government spending can argue that the new spending will require an increase from 23% to X%. 

Much to the consternation of the Swamp and their allies in Congress, all American consumers will see the true cost of federal government spending.  They are appalled at the idea that the “little people” will not just trust their betters and be led around like sheep on leashes attached to their noses.

Under the FAIRtax, the amount of the 23% required to fund each program promoted by Congress can be quantified.  Even if Congress and the Swamp try to cover up their spending with more loans, it will be easy for each of us to see the amount of the 23% that is being used to pay the interest on the debt.

Because the economy will grow more rapidly under the FAIRtax, there will be more revenues and even if spending continues at the current level, the increased revenues and decreased evasion will narrow the deficit.

If a President and Congress decide that they are going to start paying down the national debt, then they can make a deal with us to increase the FAIRtax from 23% to 25% for example, and put that money in a trust account and use the proceeds to start reducing the national debt.  Or they could propose the same trust account to implement any number of additional programs.

The FAIRtax is agnostic on spending.  It just provides a way to fund the federal government, but in a way that all U.S. residents see the cost of the government and see how much it costs each of them every time they make a retail purchase of new goods or retail services.

As President John Adams said over 200 years ago, “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” 
 
Isn’t it time to take back control from D.C.?
 
President Trump, “Embrace the FAIRtax and real tax reform!  What have you got to lose?”
 
It is time to
PASS THE FAIRTAX! 
 
The truth is the truth.  Remember, if we don't continue to tell the truth and demand a change, then this quote from George Orwell's 1984 may foretell our children's future:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”


WHAT CAN EACH OF US DO
 

Call up the local or D.C. offices of your House Member and two Senators and you can use the following script:
  • I am sure that Representative ____ or Senator ____ is in favor of everyone obeying the income tax laws.
  • After they assure you that their boss is not in favor of anyone breaking the law, ask if they are aware of the Cebula study showing $9 trillion of evaded income/payroll taxes over the next ten years.
  • Since most will say they don’t believe their boss has seen the study, either drop off a copy or get an email address and send a copy to them for their boss.
  • Say you are going to call back in a week and ask what the Representative or Senator is going to do to stop this evasion.
  • In a week, call back and ask specifically what the Representative or Senator is going to do to enforce the law.
  • They probably will say their boss believes that simplifying the income tax will handle the problem.
  • Explain that when people evade income taxes, they are also evading the 15.3% payroll/Medicare tax and state income tax.  So it is unlikely that they are going to pay 30% or 40% when they were paying 0% because they have already decided it is okay to cheat.
  • Say that the only way to reduce evasion is to increase by tens or hundreds of thousands the number of comprehensive IRS audits done each year.
  • Point out that Evaders do not self-identify by putting an “E” on their income tax return.
  • 80% of the people likely to be audited are trying to comply, but they will be forced to endure these IRS audits as well.
  • Ask if the Member is in favor of this?
  • If they say no, then ask again how the Member proposes to stop people breaking the income tax laws.
  • Then explain that the way to handle evasion without unleashing the IRS audits is the FAIRtax.  

If you can see your Member or attend a town hall and ask these questions, you can be even more effective.


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