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Chairman's Report - January 25, 2019

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Chairman's Report - January 25, 2019

THE FAIRTAX, THE CURRENT INCOME/PAYROLL
TAX SYSTEM AND THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN


It has long been the case that a large number of employees use income tax withholding as a method of forced saving.  These employees allow more than the required amount to be withheld from their paychecks in order to get a “refund” when they file their tax returns in January of the following year.  Of course, most people forget that this is not a gift from the government but simply the government repaying an interest-free loan to the taxpayer of his/her own money.
 
Because, until recently, almost all bank interest rates were under 1% and this meant that the money could not be spent but “saved”, it made some sense.  Now many people are concerned when they will get their “refund.”  Since a great many of our fellow citizens live “paycheck to paycheck”, many have things for which they plan to use the refund.  Some will use it for health/dental issues or for a purchase or simply to pay down debt they had to incur.  How will the government shutdown affect them?
 
This was announced by the IRS on January 4, 2019:
 
The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won’t be available before late February.

The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on Jan. 29, with nearly 155 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2018. The nation’s tax deadline will be April 17 this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15. 

Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 29 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. Although the IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper tax returns Jan. 29, paper returns will begin processing later in mid-February as system updates continue. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically for faster refunds.

The IRS set the Jan. 29 opening date to ensure the security and readiness of key tax processing systems in advance of the opening and to assess the potential impact of tax legislation on 2017 tax returns.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that, by law, the IRS cannot issue refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) before mid-February. While the IRS will process those returns when received, it cannot issue related refunds before mid-February. The IRS expects the earliest EITC/ACTC related refunds to be available in taxpayer bank accounts or on debit cards starting on Feb. 27, 2018, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return. 


While not accepting individual income tax returns until January 29th is only a week later than for 2017 returns when there was no government shutdown, unmentioned is how long it will take to process a refund of the EITC and/or ACTC.

This article in the Washington Post points out how the shutdown is affecting the IRS and you. The article pointed out:

  • Training for IRS employees on the new law have been postponed.
  • Hundreds of centers that help taxpayers navigate the tax code will be closed for the duration of the shutdown.
  • New regulations clarifying the more complex parts of the law are coming out at a significantly slower pace, and tax attorneys and accountants report struggling to get IRS officials on the phone for help.
  • Some accountants and tax lawyers also report not being able to get answers to the questions they have, particularly regarding the new pass-through deduction, as their clients press for answers on how to structure their business operations.
  • Morale among IRS employees is low and will continue to suffer as the shutdown goes on. Unpaid IRS employees have reported struggling to pay for gas to get to work and for food for themselves and their families, while also having to pay parking fees at work despite lacking income. 


THE CONTRAST WITH THE FAIRTAX
 
Under the FAIRtax, the following is true:

  • There would be no withholding for income tax or Social Security/Medicare taxes so people would have all of their paycheck not reduced by these federal taxes.
  • Instead of Congress and the Swamp telling us how much of our money we can keep, it is determined solely by what we spend.
  • There would be no income tax returns filed with the IRS.
  • There would be no need to have complicated IRS regulations written or explained.
  • There would be no IRS audits.
  • The FAIRtax would be collected and paid only by businesses and people providing retail services and new goods.
  • The FAIRtax would be administered by state sales tax groups and any audits would be performed by them.

CONCLUSION
 
Again, a glaring omission from the IRS statement is the answer to the question, “How long will it be after I file when refunds and credits are going to take to be paid?”  They don’t say that even if you file electronically that you will be paid in a certain amount of time.  They just say filing electronically will speed things along.  Does that mean instead of taking 10 weeks to get a refund it will only take 8 weeks?
 
It is interesting but in a very cynical way that many in Congress and the Swamp probably like the idea that the shutdown focuses attention on how much we depend on them in our lives.  They like the idea that millions of families will now more fully understand that it is up to Congress and the Swamp to determine when they get their tax credits or refunds.  This serves to let all of us know that if our betters in Congress and the Swamp don’t like how low we bow to them, they can punish us in our pocket books.
 
This is another reason the Swamp and many Members of Congress oppose the FAIRtax.  Not only is the present income/payroll tax system the source of much wealth to them and their friends, but it is a significant tool to keep the uninformed rest of us in check.
 
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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