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Feature Article: Updating the Scorecard

As the presidential primary season heats up, there have been changes in the candidates and to their tax plans. We decided to revisit where they stand on the FairTax and will launch a formal 2012 scorecard next week at www.fairtax.org/scorecard.

We’ll continue to monitor how politicians respond to American’s demand for true tax reform but need your help!

If you are able to meet a candidate, ask, “If the FairTax bill was on your desk as President, would you sign it?” Try to record the conversation and send their response to scorecard@fairtax.org.

Thank you!

What candidates favor the FairTax legislation?

Michelle Bachman: Favors - "I love the FairTax. If we were starting over from scratch, I would favor a national sales tax." However, she has refused to co-sponsor HR 25 because she believes "we would end up with a dual tax, a national sales tax and an income tax."

Herman Cain: Favors – He strongly supports the FairTax but advocates a gradual transition to it through his 999 plan which eliminates most federal taxes and combines a 9% individual flat tax with a 9% national sales tax.

Newt Gingrich: Neutral - Although briefed multiple times by FairTax experts he maintains “...the FairTax is a good idea but I’m not yet convinced it’s a doable idea...” He supports a dual system of the current tax code and an optional flat income tax which keeps payroll taxes and the IRS.

Jon Huntsman: Unknown – Supports removing loopholes and deductions and combing the income tax into three rates while eliminating capital gains taxes, dividends taxes and the AMT and lowering the corporate tax rate.

Gary Johnson: Favors - “The fair tax is leading my list” for tax code reform but also promotes simplification such as untaxing savings and investment while eliminating corporate income taxes.

Thaddeus McCotter: Unknown - Proposes to “Reform our tax system to reduce the burden on working families and small businesses by cutting taxes, while eliminating loopholes.”

President Barack Obama: Unknown - His economic team was briefed on the FairTax and he has stated a sales tax would be regressive.

Ron Paul: - Favors - "I'll vote for the FairTax if it comes up because I have made a promise that I would do anything to get rid of the income tax and the IRS, and repeal the 16th amendment and that FairTax certainly moves it in that direction."

Rick Perry:Favors - “Another option would be to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution… altogether, and then pursue an alternative model of taxation such as a national sales tax or the Fair Tax."

Mitt Romney: Neutral – Likes the idea of a consumption based tax but wants it to be structured in a way that it doesn’t provide a windfall for the wealthiest or burdens middle income Americans.

Rick SantorumUnknown – Supports lower taxes in general and none on manufacturers.

FairTax In the News

Jobs plan rests in taxationSuperior Telegram

Everyone seems to be waiting for politicians to submit a jobs bill.

There’s already a jobs bill in Congress. It allows workers to take home their gross pay. That’s a 15.3 percent increase from the payroll tax alone. Another 15 percent or more comes from your income tax. This is a real stimulus plan. It also eliminates taxation of businesses, which would allow companies to expand and hire employees. With the increase in take home pay and the elimination of the anchor on our businesses our economy will boom.

Al Ose, Wisconsin Rapids

Eau Claire business owner states case for the Fair Tax plan - wqow.com

An Eau Claire business owner says he has an idea to help jumpstart the economy…

"It really puts the United States on an equal playing field with the rest of the world when it comes to taxing people, taxing businesses, and it allows corporations to bring their jobs and their factories back into the United States," says Nelson.  "Right now, we have one out of every six people in the House of Representatives who are co-sponsors and supporters of the Fair Tax.  It's by far the largest amount of co-sponsors of any tax plan in front of Congress right now," said Nelson.

Understanding the FairTax Webinar 

With Special Topic: The History of the Income Tax

When: Thursday, September 29, 2011 (changed)

Time: 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain,  5 pm Pacific

Where: At your personal computer

Why: To provide an interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present special topics that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed.

Who: Join Marc Manieri, Americans for Fair Taxation Community Coordinator in the Greater Orlando, Florida area. In their third year now, Marc’s webinars draw national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting introduced to the FairTax.

Join: To participate, register here. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net.

Featured Video:

FairTax senior strategist Denis Calabrese

Why is the FairTax better than other tax reform efforts?

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The FairTax: Good for taxpayers, good for businesses, good for the economy
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