Chairman’s Report - September 18, 2015

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All Taxes Are On Consumption

People also get confused when we talk about how the FAIRtax is a consumption tax and think this is a “radical change.”

The truth is that all taxes are really taxes on consumption.  Why do people work or invest money?  Generally, it is to enable them to consume either now or in the future.  
We have to pay rent or mortgage payments.  That is consumption.  We have to purchase food and clothes.  That is consumption.  We purchase a car or bicycle.  That is consumption.  We contribute money to our church or a charity.  That is consumption.  We save or invest money for future consumption.  We leave money to our children.  They are ultimately going to spend that money on consumption.

There are two main ways of taxing consumption.  One is to pre-tax consumption and the other is to tax consumption at the time of consumption.

Pre-Taxing Consumption

The present income tax/payroll tax system used by the federal government and 43 states pre-taxes consumption.   This means that the tax is removed from your pay before you get it.  Then when you make purchases for consumption you are not taxed again—on the federal level.

The funds available for consumption are reduced by the amount of the taxes.  For example, if you make $100 in salary and the inclusive income tax/payroll tax rate is 23%,   $23 is deducted to pay the income tax and social security taxes, and the person has $77 to spend on consumption. 

Taxing At The Time Of Consumption

The other primary type of consumption tax is levied at the time of consumption.  Assuming the same 23% inclusive tax rate, a person making $100 receives the entire $100.   When they decided to use their funds to consume goods or services, only $77 is available for consumption because $23 is paid in tax.  The FAIRtax taxes at the time of consumption.

Don’t Prices Increase Under the FAIRtax?

Many people are concerned that raising prices on things like cars will make it very difficult for the car makers to sell cars.  This is true but does not mean that the car is actually going to cost you more of your money.  Under the present pre-tax system for taxing consumption, a person is only receiving a portion or their earnings to use to purchase the new car.  This explains why a person wanting to purchase a $30,000 car will have to earn $40,000 (income and payroll taxes are taken out before you purchase the car from your earnings) or more to net the $30,000.  

With the FAIRtax, the purchaser receives all of their earnings and investment returns and will pay the tax at the time of the purchase of the car and will pay a total of $39,000 ($30,000 plus 30% of the $30,000).

Of course with the FAIRtax, we know that competition will lower the price of the new car.  We just don’t know how much it will be lowered.

First Meeting of New Board

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