Republican Women discuss FAIRtax legislation

The Republican Women of Otero County hosted their monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday.

State Director for the FairTax organization, Don Olmey, was the guest speaker and educated the public on the FairTax. FairTax is a non-partisan legislation to replace federal income and payroll taxes with a progressive, national and retail sales tax.

According to the FairTax official website, the current federal income tax system is clearly broken, unfair, overly complex, and almost impossible for most Americans to understand. But there is a reasonable, nonpartisan alternative before Congress that is both fair and easy to understand. A system that allows Americans to keep their whole paycheck and only pay taxes on what they spend according to the website.

According to the website, the FairTax is a national sales tax that treats every person equally and allows American businesses to thrive. The FairTax will lower tax rates for all Americans and capture taxes from the underground economy and end the sale of tax favors to the rich, politically connected, and special interest lobbying groups among many things, according to the website.

Olmey said he believes the Federal income tax is un-American because it is extremely intrusive.

"The income tax is destructive, intrusive, un-American and anti-business. It could be used as an abusive tool by those in power including IRS agents," Olmey said. "It's also un-American because the government knows how much you make, who you work for, your checkings and savings account and investments when you fill out your taxes every year. They know everything about you. It has no place in our free country."

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