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"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." - Plato

Does Your Congressman Get Calls?

One of the common themes you see in our FairTax® Fridays newsletter is a plea for you to call or write your Representatives in Congress. We call it making your voice heard. Many of you immediately act on our request. Others wait and then take action.  And for too many of you, action never comes. I am sure you must think that your call, your letter simply cannot make a difference in our battle to see the FairTax enacted.

Nothing could be further from the truth

Today, I received a note from one of our volunteer state directors indicating he spoke with a key staff member for a Congressman from his state. When he asked the staffer why the Congressman wasn’t supporting the FairTax, the staffer responded, “Because we don’t get calls from constituents supporting the FairTax.” 

I couldn’t help but think of Thomas Paine who said, “We have it in our power to change the world over.” I love Paine’s quote, but frankly, I’m not trying to change the world. I just want to see the income tax abolished forever and replaced with the FairTax plan. 

My point in sharing this with you is to stress how important your calls really are. They truly can make the difference in a member of Congress being willing to support the FairTax plan. Please don’t wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call your Representative and both of your Senators. Do it now. Tell them why you support the FairTax plan. 

If they are co-sponsors (you can identify all co-sponsors here), thank them for having the courage to stand tall for the FairTax. If they are not a co-sponsor, tell them your vote and continued support depends on their willingness to support fair taxation for all Americans – depends on their supporting HR 25 / S 122, the FairTax Plan.

Additionally, as we have been communicating, the House Ways and Means committee has formally taken up comprehensive tax reform during the 113th Congress! Hearings have begun and Committee Chairman Dave Camp has created 11 Tax Reform Working Groups as follows:

- Charitable/Exempt Organizations 

- Debt, Equity and Capital

- Education and Family Benefits

- Energy

- Financial Services

- Income and Tax Distribution

- International

- Manufacturing

- Pensions/Retirement

- Real Estate

- Small Business/Pass Throughs

The Work Groups are accepting public comments through Monday, April 15, 2013 (Tax Day). Just like calls to individual members, your written comments to these Working Groups will make the difference in whether or not they take the FairTax seriously or not. Please do not wait. April 15 is drawing near and time is running out. Won’t you take a moment and share with one or more Working Groups why the FairTax is the solution to that Working Group's specific area of responsibility?  NOTE:  All comments must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents.  To submit comments:    

1. Email comments to tax.reform@mail.house.gov.

2. In the subject line of the email, please indicate “Comments: (name of) Tax Reform Working Group” e.g., Comments: Charitable/Exempt Organizations - Tax Reform Working Group

3. Attach your comments as a Word document.

4. In the body of the email include:  your contact name, physical address, phone number and email address.

If you have questions about submitting your comments or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-3625 or (202) 225-1721.

On behalf of the all FairTax supporters everywhere, thank you for your continued support of the FairTax.

Until next week,

 

Cynthia T. Canevaro

National Campaign Manager

FairTax Picture Of The Week

Paul Livingston in Florida

Jacksonville Florida District Director Paul Livingston addresses the crowd at the 17th annual career expo hosted by local business Tools For A Time, on the merits of The FairTax, the only "true tax reform".

The FairTax Act In The News

Fair Tax offers jobs program without new spendingWeatherford Democrat

The stock market has recovered. Home and car sales are increasing. Yet, America’s unemployment remains too high. Millions can’t find work. Millions of others are in part-time jobs or in jobs for which they are over qualified. Millions more have simply given up looking.

A major cause is the American income tax system. It discourages productivity. It drives jobs overseas. At an estimated 73,000 pages of tax laws, rules and court decisions, it frustrates everyone…

Jobs would be plentiful. The reason? With no tax burden, new businesses would form. Existing ones would expand. Uncertainties about changing tax rules from Washington would have ended. Still, federal revenues would be soaring…

To sum up, there is a tax proposal in Washington that will reignite our economy and bring back jobs. Its popular name is the Fair Tax…

- David Leake, Bradenton, FL

Rep. Vern Buchanan To Hold Forum On Tax ReformWatchdog Wire

Sarasota, Florida – U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan announced today that he will host a forum on tax reform. Buchanan is Florida’s only member of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which is reviewing current federal income tax law and chairman of the small business working group.

“The current tax code punishes everyone from families to employers trying to compete in the global marketplace,” said Buchanan. “I am working in Congress to fix our broken tax code. My goal is a simpler, fairer, pro-growth tax code that helps get Americans back to work.”

Buchanan noted that various proposals have been put forth for tax reform in the United States, including a flat tax, a sales tax or keeping the present code with some simplification or modification in the tax structure.

The panel for the forum includes: Neal Boortz is a former nationally syndicated radio talk show host who co-wrote the Fair Tax Book with former Congressman John Linder. The book calls for the replacement of the income tax with a consumption tax…

Understanding The FairTax Webinar

With March's Special TopicCalculate the increase in disposable income as a result of the FairTax

When: Thursday, March 28, 2013

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: Marc Manieri, AFFT & FFTEA Webinar Producer & Host from Orlando, Florida.

Join: To participate, register here and watch for the confirmation email. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net.

Link for March 22, 2013

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FairTax senior strategist Denis Calabrese

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The FairTax will end the sale of tax favors to the rich, politicallyto the rich, politically connected, and special interest lobbying groups!

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The impact of the FairTax on charitable giving and nonprofit organizations

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