Americans For Fair Taxation


"Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income." - Plato

Become a FairTax vs Flat Tax Expert!

Our research staff just updated an outstanding briefing document that cuts to the heart of the flat income tax versus the FairTax debate. It makes the case for what defines the best possible tax reform in ways everyone can understand.

The full paper is available here and below are excerpts from Grading the Tax Reform Plans: Who is the Fairest of Them All?

With the exception of tax lawyers, tax preparation firms, some bureaucrats, tax lobbyists, tax software firms and more than a few tax professors, almost everyone embraces tax reform. So the Congress is bent on effecting “reform.” The problem is that nobody really knows how to define reform…

In general, a reformed tax system should minimize the adverse economic impact of raising the revenue that Congress decides is necessary to fund the federal government, and do so in a fair manner. A tax reform plan that meets the following twelve specific criteria will accomplish the twin goals of fairness and maximizing the economic prosperity of the American people.

The Criteria for Fundamental Tax Reform ought to be the following:

Prosperity Criteria

- Not be biased toward consumption and against savings and investment but rather it should be neutral between different types of consumption, savings and investment.

- Have the lowest possible marginal tax rates, removing to the greatest extent possible the disincentive to work, save and invest while providing the greatest opportunity for upward mobility.

- Be neutral between whether to produce in the U.S. or abroad; it should not provide an artificial incentive to move jobs and production overseas.

- Impose the same tax burden on all forms of productive activity and should tax each activity at a uniform rate.

- Treat human capital formation and physical capital formation alike.

- Dramatically reduce the administrative and compliance burden on the public.

Fairness Criteria

- Exempt the poor from tax and allow everyone to meet the necessities of life before paying tax.

- Once the necessities of life have been met, however, the plan should treat people equally without favoring one set of taxpayers over another and by taxing the same proportion of goods and services they purchase for their own personal use.

- Should not play favorites or reward the politically powerful or well connected.

Civic Criteria

- Be transparent and understandable so the public understands the tax system; it should not hide the true tax burden or obfuscate.

- Be politically stable, so that the reform will last.

- Have a manageable transition.

The answer is that true reform is the plan that best fulfills these criteria. The prosperity criteria are those that will maximize economic growth and the economic well-being of all Americans. The fairness criteria are those that we believe most Americans accept. The civic criteria are those that promote a healthy body politic and improve our political process...

Read the full paper here to see the many ways the FairTax is a superior system to a flat income tax. Then save it to review before your next conversation about the FairTax!

The paper also includes a detailed scorecard:

Tax Reform Report Card

The FairTax Picture of the Week

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The FairTax in the News 

US Has Its Work Cut Out in Revamping Tax Code - Newsmax

If you spent 6.1 billion hours doing something, you would think you would have created something most ingenious. 

Ironically, that’s how much time American taxpayers spent this year fumbling through stacks of confusing IRS forms. Americans spend about $300 billion a year in tax-preparation costs traversing a mind-bursting 3.4 million word tax code…

The consumption tax is best characterized by the FairTax, a nonpartisan piece of legislation that abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, as well as payroll taxes, estate taxes and capital gains taxes. In their place would be one simple 23 percent national sales tax based on what a consumer spends, not on what they earn…

FairTax is easy to understand, good for

Dear Editor: Here we are with another presidential campaign and another leading candidate promoting the FairTax. It seems like once a person studies the FairTax, it is very difficult to stay quiet about it. Part of the reason is that as you learn about the FairTax you also learn of the devastating costs of our current system.

...Have you played “Would You Rather?” Would you rather take home your gross pay or control 70 percent of your wages? Would you rather get the FairTax monthly rebate, or does your family not need the money? Would you rather see the cost of government on each receipt, or do you prefer not knowing the true cost of government?

- Al Ose

The November FairTax Webinar

With Special Topic: The Stability of a Consumption Tax verses an Income Tax

When: Thursday, November 17, 2011 (changed)

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

Where: At your personal computer anywhere!

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

Featured Video:

FairTax senior strategist Denis Calabrese

Why is the FairTax better than a flat income tax?

Ways to Engage:

- Contact Congress

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FairTax, flat tax, income tax comparison chart


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