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Originally posted by DYepes
with a move like that, the rich won't even be immune. They have the biggest tax breaks anyways on income, but with this they cant avoid paying taxes on products. We get to keep ALL of our income and learn how to spend a little smarter.
I am in favor of a Federal consumption Tax with the condition of eliminating the Income Tax.
Originally posted by Ambient Sound
If we want to change this type of thinking, we need to change the systems that encourage it.
Originally posted by soficrow
I agree - Americans are locked into an 'over-consumption' mentality. I also agree that we need to change the system that encourages it.
If you were in a 23-percent income tax bracket, the federal government would take $23 out of your paycheck for every $100 you made. With the FairTax, if the federal government gets $23 out of every $100 spent in America, the same total revenue is delivered to the federal government. This is revenue neutrality. So, instead of paycheck-earning Americans paying 15.3 percent of their paychecks in Social Security/Medicare payroll taxes, plus an average of 18 percent of their paychecks in federal income tax, for a total of about 33 percent, consumers in America pay only $23 out of every $100. Or about 30 percent at the cash register when they elect to spend on new goods or services for their own personal consumption. And this tax is collected only on spending above the federal poverty level, providing important progressivity.
No federal sales tax up to the poverty level means progressivity like today's tax system.
To ensure no American pays tax on necessities, the FairTax plan provides a prepaid, monthly rebate (prebate) for every registered household to cover the consumption tax spent on necessities up to the federal poverty level. This, along with several other features, is how the FairTax completely untaxes the poor, lowers the tax burden on most, while making the overall rate progressive.
SEC. 1. PRINCIPLES OF INTERPRETATION.
`(b) Purposes- The purposes of this subtitle are as follows:
`(1) To raise revenue needed by the Federal Government in a manner consistent with the other purposes of this subtitle.
`(2) To tax all consumption of goods and services in the United States once, without exception, but only once.
`(3) To prevent double, multiple, or cascading taxation.
`(4) To simplify the tax law and reduce the administration costs of, and the costs of compliance with, the tax law.
Effect of FairTax on families
The FairTax would provide every family with a rebate of the sales tax equal to spending up to the federal poverty level. The rebate would be paid in advance and updated according to the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines. Based on the 2003 guidelines, a family of four would be able to spend $24,240 annually tax free. They would receive a monthly rebate of $465 each and every month ($5,575 annually). Therefore, no family would pay tax on essential goods and services, and middle income families would be effectively exempt from tax on a large portion of their annual spending.
Originally posted by Phoenix
A more biased presentation of the facts as I've ever seen
Yes I am attacking this sourcing, chiefly because there was no balance provided by the author -
`(3) COMBINED FEDERAL TAX RATE PERCENTAGE- The combined Federal tax rate percentage is the sum of--
`(A) the general revenue rate (as defined in paragraph (4), and
`(B) the old-age, survivors and disability insurance rate, and
`(C) the hospital insurance rate.
`(4) GENERAL REVENUE RATE- The general revenue rate shall be 14.91 percent.