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“The elephant in the room is the issue of transparency. They don't want you to know anything, so they don't share anything.” - Michael Froomkin

Camp's Tax Reform - Another ObamaCare?

Déjà vu is defined as the strange sensation that something one is now experiencing has happened before.  Yesterday, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp announced they have launched a website – taxreform.gov – and a Twitter handle, @simplertaxes, aimed at inviting taxpayers to offer comments and complaints about how to change the tax code.  

On the face it sounds great – full transparency, right?  Not so fast.  If you go to the Baucus/Camp website it appears what constituents and concerned Americans have to say about changing the tax code will not be made public. Isn’t that swell?  

What this really appears to be is a nicely packaged illusion that gives Baucus and Camp time to continue backroom negotiations with K-street lobbyist, time to craft a “tax reform” bill (away from the eyes of the public who pays the tab) that will continue protecting special interests and crush the taxpayer. Sound familiar?

Remember in 2010, when our leaders promised to reform healthcare in the daylight? “But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments.”

Once again, however, special interests won over Congress and the people were shut out of the process.

Unless FairTax® supporters act now, in numbers that will make Congress stand up and take notice, you just may be hearing lofty promises again when tax reform legislation is passed to the great fanfare of, “we listened to the people!” 

For those that would like help in crafting their communication, we are preparing 4-5 talking points that you may consider incorporating when sharing your “comments and complaints” at the taxreform.gov site. 

We will share that information with you in next Friday’s edition of FairTax Friday.  If, however, you want to immediately send your comments please do.

Our goal: 100,000 FairTax supporters submitting their opinions!

Are you in? Will you help us? We can do this! 

Surprise: IRS Admits Targeting Conservatives  

The IRS admitted today that they in fact did systemically single out conservative political groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle. You may remember these organizations’ leaders crying foul and the IRS vehemently denying any selective screening, targeting or harassment.

Now, six months after the election, the IRS official responsible for overseeing tax exempt groups, Lois Lerner, admitted these groups were in fact targeted and apologized twice – stating the basis of the targeting was not partisan or political. 

It reminds me of Sir Walter Scott’s prose “O what a tangled web we weave; when first we practice to deceive.” 

Using the IRS as a weapon is a longstanding problem easily solved.  Enact HR 25/S 122. No more targeting, no more harassment, no more fear, no more IRS. 

Until next week, 

Cynthia T. Canevaro - Cindy Cindy Canevaro, National Campaign Manager

The FairTax Act In The News

FairTax Plan is fair and intelligent solution - Bay Area Citizen

The FairTax Plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue replacement, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment…

While Congress fumbles the ball on the economy by continuing to waste more tax dollars they don't have to stimulate the economy. Ask yourself. If the Fair Tax is implemented and every worker in this country receives their full paycheck plus the planned prebate without any deductions, wouldn't that be a tremendous stimulus to the economy? If every business never has to file another tax return and pay income taxes ever again, wouldn't that be a tremendous stimulus?..

- Roy Newsom, Granbury

Readers should learn more about Fair TaxAltavista Journal

Americans should be concerned about the competitive edge that our current tax system gives foreign manufacturers. We should no longer allow the current income tax system to make foreign produced goods more competitive than our own. One of the best solutions to economic development is the Fair Tax Plan.

There is before Congress at this time House Resolution 25 and Senate Bill 122 concerning the Fair Tax Plan with 63 cosponsors in the House, and seven in the Senate. Also, 80 well-known economists endorse the Fair Tax Plan.

Replacing the current income tax with the Fair Tax, a highly progressive federal consumption tax, will end this practice and make American products 20-30 percent more competitive, both at home and abroad. What a break for U.S. producers and consumers as well! Getting rid of the income tax will dramatically lower production costs in this country. And competition will ensure that these cost savings will flow, not only to the pockets of American manufacturers who will be able to create more and better paying jobs, but also to the pockets of American consumers who will be able to buy more, save more and invest more…

- Ed W. Scruggs

Understanding The FairTax Webinar

With May's Special TopicThe stability of a Consumption Tax vs. an Income tax

When: Thursday, May 23, 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, 5th year 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 May 10, 2013

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