It's Time To End The IRS
“If we don't do something to simplify the tax system, we're
going to end up with a national police force of internal revenue agents.”
- Leon Panetta
I’m not sure when Mr. Panetta said this, but given the
expanded role of the IRS as Obamacare enforcer, I doubt he knew how prophetic
his admonishment would become. The IRS is
now exceeding the bounds of taxation - now becoming the federal police force
for broad legislative enforcement.
Folks, the time has never been more critical to make the
case for the FairTax® as a replacement for the income tax system in
The House Ways and Means Committee is undertaking what
Chairman Camp refers to as “comprehensive tax reform.” The Washington Post
reports Illinois Representative Peter Roskam, a member of the Ways and
Means Committee said, “You start with a clean sheet of paper and say: What would a
tax code look like if you were going to design it from the ground up?”
Rep. Roskam, there is a plan and it is ready to go – today.
It has $20 million of research, 80 economist and 63
co-sponsors in the U.S. House and 7 co-sponsors in the Senate – more than any
other tax reform plan before you. It is
called the FairTax and it is the only tax replacement plan that is fair, simple
and will create desperately needed jobs and stimulate the economy. More importantly, it is the only tax reform
plan that will eliminate the IRS.
Those of you sharing your emails, letters and phone calls
to your elected Representatives hearten me.
I do read your messages and I thank you, thank you, and thank you. Please don’t stop. You are having having an impact – you are
making a difference! The FairTax will
become reality when enough people like you choose to elect and hold their
elected representatives accountable for passing legislation like the FairTax
This is our challenge.
Constantly communicating your expectations as a
constituent. Constantly holding your
elected representatives accountable. And,
when they do not represent you, finding and supporting individuals who will. It is that simple - democracy in action. You
have a megaphone. You have power. You have a voice. Find and use it. Use it for the FairTax plan.
Here examples of how others are using their voice for the
President and Regional Director, John Collet participated in a meeting this week
hosted by Kansas District 2 Representative and Ways and Means member Lynn Jenkins,
who sought to solicit constituent concerns and ideas about current tax reform
efforts before Congress.
given an opportunity to address attendees and centered his remarks on the
positive impact the FairTax will have on
jobs, reducing complexity and ensuring fairness for all. In discussing the
issue of complexity, he suggested that any form of income tax with Congress is
“like taking a confirmed alcoholic to a cocktail party. We tried that twice in
1913 and 1986, and since 1986, there have been over 15,000 changes.” Great job John!
FairTax Bar Association
Jim Bennett, FAST Volunteer Board Member and Regional Director, is
forming a FairTax Bar Association. The defined purpose of the association
will be “to educate the bar and the public about the Fair Tax Act of 2013
("the Act"), and any successor legislation, and to enhance the quality
of the practice that is expected to develop under the Act.”
One of the first projects this group may consider is a CLE-quality
curriculum and a FairTax presentation for delivery to various bar
groups. If you are admitted to the bar, have a genuine interest in
advancing the FairTax and would like to be a part of this exciting new group
contact Jim at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwood University FairTax
University, in Midland, MI, develops future leaders for a global, free
enterprise society. Last November,
Northwood hosted a major tax reform symposium that featured AFFT Co-Founder and
CEO Leo Linbeck, Jr. and other distinguished panelist who discussed the
FairTax, Flat Tax and the income tax in relation to fundamental tax
event, Northwood student Harry Flotemersch led a team that established
Northwood’s first Students for FairTax:
Northwood Chapter. This spring, Flotemersch and Nicholas Langlois formed
a student team that created a bi-lingual video introduction for both the
English and Spanish versions of our FairTax video: Fire Up Our Economic Engine.
This student-produced introduction will go a long way in advancing the FairTax
with 18-35 year old individuals. AFFT wants to express our deepest appreciation
to these Northwood students for their outstanding work and dedication to the
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In gratitude, until next week,
Cindy Canevaro, National