Chairman’s Report - October 2, 2015

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What Determines Fairness In A Tax Code?

Throughout history, each civilization has needed to extract funds through various forms of tax from its citizens to pay for the services provided to the citizens.  Wise leaders knew that people were willing to pay more to a government if the government was perceived to be providing valuable and useful services.   

While all taxation reduces our ability to consume, we have seen a change over time in the definition of fairness.  Up until 1913, the U.S. was funded primarily through excise taxes, tariffs and duties.  People paid these taxes based solely on their consumption because the prices of goods were increased by the amount of the excise taxes, tariffs and duties on the goods.  

While the people earning lower income paid the same rate of tax as the people making much higher amounts of income, most Americans accepted this system and few attacked it as being “unfair.”  

Over the past sixty years, increasingly there have been attempts to change our tax system to make it more “fair.”  State sales taxes exempt food and other basic items.  At the federal level, we have seen a constantly changing income tax code with different tax rates and deductions.  

A lot of people believe that a tax system is “fair” if people making higher incomes will pay higher tax rates and, consequently, more in taxes than would be paid if the tax rates were uniform for all.   

A flat income tax doesn’t fit the above definition of “fair.”  If there is one rate, then people making more money will pay more taxes but not a much higher percentage of their income.  The proponents of the flat income tax try to compensate for this by increasing the threshold amount of earnings that are not taxed.  Some of these plans do not require any income tax until a family exceeds $50,000 of income.  

Of course, a flat income tax still requires businesses and the rapidly growing number of the self-employed to reduce their gross receipts by their allowable expenses to obtain their net income that will be taxed. This will require retaining much of the present Internal Revenue Code and the IRS.

The Right Way To Define Fairness

In evaluating any tax reform plan, it seems to me that we should be asking if it is “fair” for a tax reform plan to:

•    Reward savings and investment
•    Allow people to receive their pay without federal tax deductions
•    Stop rewarding imports and punishing U.S. exports
•    Allow people an exemption for all purchases of new goods and services up to the poverty level
•    Eliminate 90% of the compliance costs of the present income tax system
•    Grow the economy much more rapidly than the present income tax system
•    Create more higher paid U.S. jobs
•    Raise money for the expenses of the government in the least costly and intrusive and the most efficient manner
•    Allow the government to directly appropriate money to take care of people who need more of a safety net—not trying to accomplish this through more complications of the present income tax code

Most people will agree that the above is fair.  Of course, people in D.C. have extracted large sums of money by obtaining special income tax code benefits.  They don’t want simplicity but a continuation of what has been a very profitable activity for them.  

Knowing the reason for the reluctance to do real tax reform, we know that the only way to accomplish our goal is to have constituents demand actions from their elected officials.  They all want to keep their jobs and the voters determine that.  

September Washington Trip

Peggy does an excellent job of providing you a briefing on our September trip to D.C.  One thing that I believe is clear from these meetings is that we are finding more and more agreement that some form of consumption tax is needed.  

We also saw that when constituents contacted their elected officials and requested meetings, the offices responded.  This action is particularly effective when the constituent joins the meeting via telephone.  The Member or staff person always starts off by confirming that the person on the phone is a constituent, but then it normally goes very well and they listen attentively as we explain the benefits of the FAIRtax.  

Please contact your Member of Congress and ask them to meet with Peggy and me.  Indicate that you would like to join the meeting via the telephone.  As you get responses, please send them to Peggy at    

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