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house Bill H.R. 25

Should the Tax Code Be Replaced With a National 23% Sales Tax?

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The current tax system is unnecessarily complicated, costing American taxpayers an inordinate amount of time and effort to file their annual returns. FairTax would be much simpler and would eliminate a federal agency, as well, helping shrink a bloated government.

Peter's Opinion
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04/15/2019
The billions we spend in preparing and filing our taxes will be eliminated, the loopholes that frustrate so many people hearing Amazon didn’t pay federal tax, etc, will be gone, it will encourage companies to bring their money to the US, sparking jobs and investments, it’s simple, and is worth a try. The only hard part is explaining... yes everything costs more but you’ll have more money to offset it. And offering hard cash at the end of the year to the lower and middle income levels means your first $10,000 dollars or whatever they come up with is tax free. If you get 2,800 dollars- or first $20,000 if you get a 5,600 dollar check. This isn’t a return, all the money that is withheld from every paycheck will show up in your account.
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Scott 's Opinion
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04/15/2019
Most definitely. No more IRS, no more tax day and everything gets funded. And the prebate everyone will get will make it progressive. Also, for those freaking out about 23% being added to the cost of a product, relax. The tax will be inclusive, not added on, but part of the price of goods and services at the retail level. And since every business will no longer be paying a federal income tax that cost will no longer need to be added on to the cost of products produced. So the price for production goes down keeping the price of things the same as they are now. Competition will also stabilize the cost of goods. Wages will go up as well since companies will no longer be required to pay their portion of FICA and payroll taxes. Fairtax.com
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04/15/2019
I LOVE the idea of not having to report income to our government, and this approach would fix that problem. A few commenters have argued that it is regressive. Our current system is highly regressive as well. Not income, but payroll tax. That is 15% on everyone.
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Argument opposed

FairTax would be regressive, disproportionately burdening low- and middle-class families while allowing the rich to spend a smaller proportion of their incomes on taxes. Its high rate would also incentivize tax evasion and black market sales to avoid the 23 percent tax.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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04/15/2019
“Woodall (R) House Bill H.R. 25 AKA “23% “Fair Tax” “UN-FAIR & REPRESSIVE” FairTax would be regressive, disproportionately burdening low- and middle-class families while allowing the rich to spend a smaller proportion of their incomes on taxes. Its high rate would also incentivize tax evasion and black market sales to avoid the 23 percent tax. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻FairTax👎🏻👎🏻. 4*15*19.....
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04/15/2019
O my gosh I’m agreeing with Sneaky Pete twice in one week! These Sales Taxes have been proposed many times before but they just don’t work. Just another name for a flat tax. Well, they work great for the wealthy, but not for the middle class or poor. As you read the description you find the first thing they tell you is this does not apply to business purchases, so for the wealthy every purchase will be a business purchase. They also make a number of other exclusions including investment purchases etc all things out of the range of the poor but helpful to the rich. What this also doesn’t mention, probably on purpose, is this type of tax requires everything to be taxed including food, medical supplies and SERVICES, any small business and internet services, virtually anything you purchase. Utilities, transportation, entertainment, hairdressers, doctors, yoga classes, restaurants, lawn care all taxed at this ridiculous rated. This is a regressive tax which unfairly affects the poor and middle class. Try again Republicans.
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04/15/2019
The idea that this is a fair tax is moronic! A 23% sales tax on goods and services is absurd and will only be felt heavily by the working class and the poor. The wealthiest Americans will barely feel the pinch while they get to enjoy the fact that they won’t have to pay income taxes anymore! Progressive income taxes and corporate taxes are needed in order to make sure the government goes where the money is and to ensure that the tax burden is shifted more towards the wealthiest people in the country that afford to pay higher taxes. One way the government can reduce the burden of filing taxes is to direct Americans to a truly free and easy to use tax preparation software that isn’t run by tax preparation companies!
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      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
    The billions we spend in preparing and filing our taxes will be eliminated, the loopholes that frustrate so many people hearing Amazon didn’t pay federal tax, etc, will be gone, it will encourage companies to bring their money to the US, sparking jobs and investments, it’s simple, and is worth a try. The only hard part is explaining... yes everything costs more but you’ll have more money to offset it. And offering hard cash at the end of the year to the lower and middle income levels means your first $10,000 dollars or whatever they come up with is tax free. If you get 2,800 dollars- or first $20,000 if you get a 5,600 dollar check. This isn’t a return, all the money that is withheld from every paycheck will show up in your account.
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    “Woodall (R) House Bill H.R. 25 AKA “23% “Fair Tax” “UN-FAIR & REPRESSIVE” FairTax would be regressive, disproportionately burdening low- and middle-class families while allowing the rich to spend a smaller proportion of their incomes on taxes. Its high rate would also incentivize tax evasion and black market sales to avoid the 23 percent tax. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻FairTax👎🏻👎🏻. 4*15*19.....
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    O my gosh I’m agreeing with Sneaky Pete twice in one week! These Sales Taxes have been proposed many times before but they just don’t work. Just another name for a flat tax. Well, they work great for the wealthy, but not for the middle class or poor. As you read the description you find the first thing they tell you is this does not apply to business purchases, so for the wealthy every purchase will be a business purchase. They also make a number of other exclusions including investment purchases etc all things out of the range of the poor but helpful to the rich. What this also doesn’t mention, probably on purpose, is this type of tax requires everything to be taxed including food, medical supplies and SERVICES, any small business and internet services, virtually anything you purchase. Utilities, transportation, entertainment, hairdressers, doctors, yoga classes, restaurants, lawn care all taxed at this ridiculous rated. This is a regressive tax which unfairly affects the poor and middle class. Try again Republicans.
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    The idea that this is a fair tax is moronic! A 23% sales tax on goods and services is absurd and will only be felt heavily by the working class and the poor. The wealthiest Americans will barely feel the pinch while they get to enjoy the fact that they won’t have to pay income taxes anymore! Progressive income taxes and corporate taxes are needed in order to make sure the government goes where the money is and to ensure that the tax burden is shifted more towards the wealthiest people in the country that afford to pay higher taxes. One way the government can reduce the burden of filing taxes is to direct Americans to a truly free and easy to use tax preparation software that isn’t run by tax preparation companies!
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    Just another crazy republican proposing some form of flat tax that, in the end, only further hurts the middle class while benefitting the wealthiest.
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    Instead Simplify the tax code, tax the rich and large corporations to FAIRLY redistribute the tax burden away from the middle class and small business entrepreneurs. This is another deplorable Republican SCAM to undermine effective governance. Vote the fuckers OUT!
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    No. Absolutely Not. Sales tax disproportionately taxes the poor people more. This is not a solution it will be a societal problem for those trying to scrape by. A national flat tax that taxes the rich at a much higher level then they are now is the answer. No tax on the first 30k or so? 75% on the top 1% 50 on the top 10%? These groups make a tremendous amount money on the backs of the lower 90%. People should be taxed accordingly. A sales tax is NOT the answer.
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    23% sales tax? Add state and local taxes and that $1000 flatscreen TV you wanted to buy is now $1400. Not a well thought out plan.
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    How will this solve anything, unless the goal is to make the poor poorer and the middle class poor? If Republicans want to make America as great as it was in the past, tax the super rich at 90%. It worked in the past; it would work now.
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    Sales tax is inherently regressive and puts the burden on the poor and middle class. Let’s do Eisenhower taxation.
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    While i do agree our tax law is way too complicated, a 23% tax on everything is just insane.
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    NO. The majority of Americans who are the least able to afford it get screwed while for the rich, 1%, donor class once again get to keep 99.999% of their fortunes.
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    Greed is running amuck in this administration. https://youtu.be/IpeNWhbbyDI
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    I’m against this fair tax, I completely agree with SneakyPete that middle and lower class citizens would bear the brunt of this as they have since national income tax were initiated in 1913. Continuing to simplify our tax code as President Trump has done, lowering the tax burden on middle and lower classes is the right approach, also cutting 5% from every agency, department in the Federal government as President Trump had them do too find waste, the only exception would be the Department of Defense which suffered under Obama. #MAGA
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    Too many loopholes for the wealthy, as usual.
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    Most definitely. No more IRS, no more tax day and everything gets funded. And the prebate everyone will get will make it progressive. Also, for those freaking out about 23% being added to the cost of a product, relax. The tax will be inclusive, not added on, but part of the price of goods and services at the retail level. And since every business will no longer be paying a federal income tax that cost will no longer need to be added on to the cost of products produced. So the price for production goes down keeping the price of things the same as they are now. Competition will also stabilize the cost of goods. Wages will go up as well since companies will no longer be required to pay their portion of FICA and payroll taxes. Fairtax.com
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    This is a regressive tax.
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    NO, UNFAIR to those on minimal income!
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    Fair Tax? Where in the Constitution does the word Fair appear?
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    Hell no!!!!
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