"Our system of taxation has turned into something completely foreign to our nature - something complicated, unfair, and in a fundamental sense, un-American." - Ronald Reagan
The Case For An Ideal Tax System
To many economists and supporters of freedom, the ideal tax system is
one that collects enough money to fund the government with the least negative impact
on the economy, productivity and personal freedom.
In An Inquiry into the Nature and
Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith, the “Father of Economics”, advocated
the following four tax system requirements:
The subject of every State ought to contribute towards the support of
the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective
abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy
under the protection of the State.
The tax each individual is bound to pay ought to be certain, and not
arbitrary. The time of payment, the manner of payment, and the quantity to be
paid, ought all to be clear and plain to the contributor, and to ever other
Every tax ought to be levied at the time, or in the manner in which it
is most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay it.
Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out
of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it
brings into the public treasury of the State.
The FairTax® Plan meets Smith’s requirements, plus it:
Stimulates increased economic growth
Eliminates the need for subsidizing foreign imports
Generates desperately needed jobs
Eliminates federal filing of individual and most business tax returns
Defunds, disbands and eliminates the IRS
Minimizes the governments invasion of privacy into every aspect of one’s
personal and financial life
Additionally, under the FairTax Plan, consumer purchases up to the
poverty level are not subject to the FairTax. And, much to the chagrin of politicians
and bureaucrats, every time a citizen buys new goods or services, they see the
amount of federal tax they paid on their receipt.
every consumer knows exactly how much he or she is contributing to the nation’s
Washington’s ruling class uses the current income tax system to control
the citizenry; masking that control through over 74,000 pages of tax code deductions
and “benefits”. In short, Congress has designed a system that artfully hides
spending from the taxpayers who fund it.
The FairTax will completely end this nonsense. No other proposed tax
system provides the transparency needed to expose the real cost of government nor
has the overall accountability of the FairTax Plan.
Might this transparency and accountability be why your elected
representative or candidate does not support the FairTax? If so, you may want
to giver serious consideration as to the kind of individual you believe best
represents your interest in Washington.
Hayes practiced law as a tax attorney. He serves on the board of directors of
the Florida FairTax Educational Association and chairs the AFFT grassroots
governance steering committee.