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Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise." - Thomas Jefferson

Ending 100 Years Of Income Taxes

Tomorrow I am headed to Washington. Today, I am headed to the Post Office to mail my federal and state income tax returns. 

I laugh every time I read the ridiculous number of hours the IRS estimates that are required “prepare” my income tax return. Hours? How about days, weeks? And that was just to get it to the CPA. Michelangelo said, “There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.” I’ve lost count of how many “beautiful spring days” I’ve already wasted getting ready for this ridiculous rite of spring. Time lost.

If Congress would simply pass the FairTax® plan, we could all have more time, America could get back to work and our economy could once again prosper.  

National End the Income Tax Day

On Monday, April 15, Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-7), sponsor of HR 25, “The FairTax® Act of 2013,” and Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26), sponsor of HR 1040, “The Flat Tax Act of 2013,” will discuss their legislative proposals to overhaul the tax system at a tax forum hosted by the University Club in Washington, D.C.  The Honorable Loren A. Smith, federal judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims, will serve as moderator.  The forum will be videotaped for later broadcast at FairTax.org.

Looking for a Tax Day Event? FairTax groups across the country are hosting or participating in Tax Day events from coast to coast. If you have a FairTax event that you want to advertise, or if you are looking for an event to attend, go here On Tax Day, please take 5 minutes and call your elected representative’s district office to let them know you want this to be the last year you have to file a federal income tax – you want a fair, simple and transparent tax system - you want the FairTax.

Let’s make Monday, April 15, a day of calls that Congress won’t soon forget! Let’s make it the last time we have to waste another beautiful spring day.

Ways and Means Committee Feedback

On Tax Day Americans for Fair Taxation® (AFFT) will be submitting vital feedback to the House Ways and Means Committee’s 11 Working Groups.  AFFT’s feedback focuses on how the FairTax plan addresses each Working Group’s designated topic. 

In his cover letter, AFFT Co-Founder and CEO Leo Linbeck, Jr. suggested that, “Instead of conducting a mind-numbing, piecemeal examination of a tax code that consistently proves its ineffectiveness, we recommend ceasing all renovation efforts and instead focusing on providing hardworking taxpayers with a simple, fair and transparent tax system that will eliminate taxes on wages, income and investment while taxing wealth and borrowing when spent. Only one tax reform plan meets these criteria.  It is HR 25/S 122, “The FairTax® Act of 2013.”  

What would Jefferson Think?

In the early ‘90s, Steve Hayes and Charles Adams wrote an interesting article in which they surmised Thomas Jefferson visiting your modern day home on the eve of tax day. “Jefferson is curious about everything and has a number of questions for you. He marvels at all the new technology in your home. He insists on a lengthy explanation and demonstration of all the appliances and machines in your home.”

They then answer Jefferson’s questions about the paperwork that is strewn about, describing it as America’s income tax system. Jefferson was perplexed. “You mean Americans are required to tell an agency of the government how much money they made and where they earned it?” 

What follows is a fascinating, imaginary conversation between you, the reader and Jefferson, the founding father. Recently, watchdogwire.com again ran the article in its entirety.  You can read it here.  Enjoy!

Until next week,

 

Cynthia T. Canevaro

National Campaign Manager

The FairTax Act In The News

Tax Day is just around the cornerThompson Times

Until we can pass the Fair Tax, there are two little words that will strike fear into the hearts of Americans all across the country: Tax Day. And, unfortunately, it’s just around the corner. As you struggle through this tax season, I think we can all agree we need to simplify our tax code. The top 10 percent of income earners pay more than 70 percent of the income tax collected, while about half of Americans pay no income tax at all. The U.S. Tax Code has grown to more than 70,000 pages of complex tax law the average American can’t understand.

That’s why I support the Fair Tax. The Fair Tax would replace the complex income tax system with a national sales tax. This would eliminate the time and expenses associated with filing your tax returns each year and would create a fairer tax system where all Americans contribute. You can learn more about the Fair Tax by visiting www.fairtax.org...

- Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, GA-03

Throw out the current tax codeSit News

Time magazine reported this week that the estimated tax gap - the amount of money the IRS fails to collect due to misfiling or tax cheaters - is an estimated $600 billion dollars. The fact that this money goes uncollected ultimately increases the tax rates and the amount of money that you and I pay.

An article from the 2002 study by the Government Accountability Office showed that "fifty-six percent of [tax] returns prepared by a paid preparer had errors in comparison to only forty-seven percent prepared by the taxpayer." In short, over 50% of tax returns being filed in the 2002 study were wrong and we "only" had 53,280 pages of tax code back then. Fast forward to 2012 and the code has grown to over 73,000 pages. That's taxation without comprehension and it is only expanding the tax gap.

Studies show that simplifying the code leads to better compliance. That makes sense, but what makes a lot more sense is to throw out the entire income tax code and switch to a national retail sales tax like that proposed by the FairTax Bill - HR25 / S122…

- James R. Donnell

Understanding The FairTax Webinar

With April's Special TopicWhy the prebate is a crucial component to the FairTax legislation

When: Thursday, April 25, 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.

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