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H.R.25 Fair Tax Act, 112th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jan 05, 2011 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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  • 64% of users support H.R.25

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This bill would eliminate all federal income taxes, payroll taxes and the estate tax, and replace them with a federal sales tax of 23% on the use or consumption of all goods, properties and services. The Internal Revenue Service would be abolished and replaced by an Excise Tax Bureau and a Sales Tax Bureau in the Department of the Treasury.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This bill would eliminate all federal income taxes, payroll taxes and the estate tax, and replace them with a federal sales tax of 23% on the use or consumption of all goods, properties and services. The Internal Revenue Service would be abolished and replaced by an Excise Tax Bureau and a Sales Tax Bureau in the Department of the Treasury.

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    • National Taxpayers Union

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    • Americans for Fair Taxation

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    • National Small Business Association

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On January 06, 2011, by Soichiro - This, like most other bills sponsored by the republicans, will only help to strengthen the plutocracy that has been growing in the United States by increasing the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest. The income tax that currently exists is progressive, which means that the richest Americans pay more (because they can afford to pay more), but a sales tax would do the opposite. Rich people tend to spend a smaller percentage of their income than poor people, preferring to invest the remainder. This means that with a national sales tax and no income tax, lower- and middle-class Americans would actually be taxed a greater percentage of their income than the upper-class would. In a tough economy like this one where the middle-class is struggling, this is not something that we need.

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      As noted by Soichiro, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 06, 2011, "This, like most other bills sponsored by the republicans, will only help to strengthen the plutocracy that has been growing in the United States by increasing the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest. The income tax that currently exists is progressive, which means that the richest Americans pay more (because they can afford to pay more), but a sales tax would do the opposite. Rich people tend to spend a smaller percentage of their income than poor people, preferring to invest the remainder. This means that with a national sales tax and no income tax, lower- and middle-class Americans would actually be taxed a greater percentage of their income than the upper-class would. In a tough economy like this one where the middle-class is struggling, this is not something that we need."
    • On January 07, 2011, by Mouseclone - I understand what you are saying. I don't feel that our current tax structure is fair enough. Personally I feel if you buy a TV for $1500, no matter your income you should be taxed the same. Just because someone with money has the ability to save and invested doesn't mean they should be treated differently or taxed more because they have more. Some of them have worked really hard to have more and I don't feel they should be punished because of their hard work. I have worked hard to get where I am now. I not going to just lay down all my hard work for someone that is not willing to work. I personally feel that a flat tax or a sales tax is the way to go. As stated above, rich or poor, you should be tax the same as any other person.

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      As noted by Mouseclone, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 07, 2011, "I understand what you are saying. I don't feel that our current tax structure is fair enough. Personally I feel if you buy a TV for $1500, no matter your income you should be taxed the same. Just because someone with money has the ability to save and invested doesn't mean they should be treated differently or taxed more because they have more. Some of them have worked really hard to have more and I don't feel they should be punished because of their hard work. I have worked hard to get where I am now. I not going to just lay down all my hard work for someone that is not willing to work. I personally feel that a flat tax or a sales tax is the way to go. As stated above, rich or poor, you should be tax the same as any other person."
    • On January 13, 2011, by christapher - An important thing to consider is provisions to allow for a "prebate" for the taxes that would be paid living at the poverty line. This would offset the tax burden on low-income families and individuals in the same way as the income tax rebate. You could live "tax free," assuming your comfortable with the quality of life only spending $20k a year can get you. This bill would also eliminate taxes on personal savings and savings for education. I understand Soichiro's point on the proportion of investment vs spending in the upper income levels, but you also have to consider that the general cost-of-living for a wealthier individual is higher, meaning a higher tax burden. Does anyone know the status of "capital gains?" It's not mentioned in the description and, correct me if I'm wrong, wouldn't that cover money made in "investments" [ie the stock market]? Tax spending, not work.

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      As noted by christapher, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 13, 2011, "An important thing to consider is provisions to allow for a "prebate" for the taxes that would be paid living at the poverty line. This would offset the tax burden on low-income families and individuals in the same way as the income tax rebate. You could live "tax free," assuming your comfortable with the quality of life only spending $20k a year can get you. This bill would also eliminate taxes on personal savings and savings for education. I understand Soichiro's point on the proportion of investment vs spending in the upper income levels, but you also have to consider that the general cost-of-living for a wealthier individual is higher, meaning a higher tax burden. Does anyone know the status of "capital gains?" It's not mentioned in the description and, correct me if I'm wrong, wouldn't that cover money made in "investments" [ie the stock market]? Tax spending, not work."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • Retired Justice O'Connor Testifies on Civics Education | C-SPAN - July 25, 2012 by http://www.c-span.org/johnrouda.com - ... on analytical problem solving. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from the retired justice on this program, and how it relates to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. Updated: 8 hr., 25 min. ago ...

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      As noted by http://www.c-span.org/johnrouda.com on July 25, 2012, "... on analytical problem solving. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from the retired justice on this program, and how it relates to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. Updated: 8 hr., 25 min. ago ..." (/url?q=http://www.c-span.org/Events/Retired-Justice-O39Connor-Testifies-on-Civics-Education/10737432577/&sa=U&ei=7M0RUKXREYG69QTVm4HQCw&ved=0CD0QmAEwBw&usg=AFQjCNEmXT3U7SymoYyD34W-XFd7uEBOLQ)
    • Retired Justice O'Connor Testifies on Civics Education | C-SPAN - July 25, 2012 by http://www.c-span.org/johnrouda.com - ... on analytical problem solving. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from the retired justice on this program, and how it relates to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. Updated: 8 hr., 25 min. ago ...

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      As noted by http://www.c-span.org/johnrouda.com on July 25, 2012, "... on analytical problem solving. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from the retired justice on this program, and how it relates to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. Updated: 8 hr., 25 min. ago ..." (/url?q=http://www.c-span.org/Events/Retired-Justice-O39Connor-Testifies-on-Civics-Education/10737432577/&sa=U&ei=i3kRUL_gFubk0QHvt4DYDw&ved=0CDEQmAEwBQ&usg=AFQjCNGYj0ZCMeFLBeOFloYOedEQl9P1pw)
    • Retired Justice O'Connor Testifies on Civics Education | C-SPAN - July 25, 2012 by http://www.c-span.org/johnrouda.com - ... on analytical problem solving. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from the retired justice on this program, and how it relates to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. Updated: 8 hr., 25 min. ago ...

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      As noted by http://www.c-span.org/johnrouda.com on July 25, 2012, "... on analytical problem solving. The Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from the retired justice on this program, and how it relates to creating and maintaining an independent judiciary. Updated: 8 hr., 25 min. ago ..." (/url?q=http://www.c-span.org/Events/Retired-Justice-O39Connor-Testifies-on-Civics-Education/10737432577/&sa=U&ei=kCYRUNzHCZSQ8wTr5YD4BQ&ved=0CDcQmAEwBg&usg=AFQjCNFcdeO8mAkhjNUsHsXRScprw3RQww)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Republicans Buoyed by Freshmen Seek Rewrite of Tax System - August 01, 2012 by Businessweek - The national retail sales tax measure is H.R. 25. To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Rubin in Washington at rrubin12@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net

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      As noted by Businessweek on August 01, 2012, "The national retail sales tax measure is H.R. 25. To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Rubin in Washington at rrubin12@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net" (http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-01/republicans-buoyed-by-freshmen-seek-rewrite-of-tax-system)
    • Republicans Buoyed by Freshmen Seek Rewrite of Tax System - August 01, 2012 by Bloomberg - The national retail sales tax measure is H.R. 25. To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Rubin in Washington at rrubin12@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net

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      As noted by Bloomberg on August 01, 2012, "The national retail sales tax measure is H.R. 25. To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Rubin in Washington at rrubin12@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net" (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-01/republicans-buoyed-by-freshmen-seek-rewrite-of-tax-system.html)
    • Your Opinion: All will benefit from Fair Tax - July 17, 2012 by Jefferson City News Tribune Online - All classes of taxpayers and businesses will benefit with the passing of the FairTax. Ask your U.S. Representative to support HR25. There are 70 Representatives co-sponsoring HR25 now. Issue-oriented letters to the editor in response to this or ...

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      As noted by Jefferson City News Tribune Online on July 17, 2012, "All classes of taxpayers and businesses will benefit with the passing of the FairTax. Ask your U.S. Representative to support HR25. There are 70 Representatives co-sponsoring HR25 now. Issue-oriented letters to the editor in response to this or ..." (http://www.newstribune.com/news/2012/jul/17/your-opinion-all-will-benefit-fair-tax/)
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