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  • Income tax - no changes in the status quo

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  • Flat tax - Everyone pays the same %

    67 34.01%
  • National sales tax - don't spend, you don't pay taxes

    47 23.86%
  • No tax - Unconstitutional - rely on private donations

    10 5.08%
  • Other - explain

    21 10.66%
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    Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    Which would you prefer: (over simplistic - just a poll)

    Income tax - nothing changes and the tax system as we know it continues on as always - changing and morphing month to month

    Flat tax - Revisions to current tax code in effect doing away with all other forms of taxation except for a low percentage of flat tax across the board

    National Sales tax - Revisions to current tax code in effect doing away with all other forms of taxation except for a nation wide sales tax - if you spend nothing, you pay nothing

    No tax - The tax codes as written currently are un-Constitutional and therefore should be abolished entirely. In place of taxes, we would rely on donations by private citizens/corporations.
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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    I vote Flat Tax if we still have an income tax. I would have a Constitutional cap on the tax rate. If we would have a Consumption tax I would have a Constitutional cap on the rate that could be taxed. Also i would not have both at one time.
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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    Consumption tax. Much more sensible than the current insanity.
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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    I'm all for a flat income tax. Lacking that a National Sales/Consumption tax sounds appetizing.

    Has anyone thought of making a Carbon/Consumption tax? A VAT, but value measured by carbon emissions, sounds like an interesting meld of environmentalism and free market perspective.

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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    I want a simplified progressive income tax.

    A flat tax is too regressive against the poor, while a national sales tax won't bring in enough tax revenue.

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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    How can taxes be unconstitutional when there's a whole constitutional amendment designed to allow them?

    EDIT: Not to mention the clause in Article 1 Section 8


    Also, I voted income tax. It could use some changes, but I still prefer it over the alternatives.
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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    How can taxes be unconstitutional when there's a whole constitutional amendment designed to allow them?

    EDIT: Not to mention the clause in Article 1 Section 8


    Also, I voted income tax. It could use some changes, but I still prefer it over the alternatives.
    Psst. It's just an assertion that surfaces when I ask this question - I'm not saying it is Un-Constitutional, but I'm sure someone will come along and say that it is.
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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Psst. It's just an assertion that surfaces when I ask this question - I'm not saying it is Un-Constitutional, but I'm sure someone will come along and say that it is.
    It's just that I don't think that anyone who is literate thinks that.

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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    It's just that I don't think that anyone who is literate thinks that.
    Not really, its just the usual nonsense in which a person tries to use the constitution to push their personal beliefs.

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    Re: Income tax; Flat tax; National Sales tax; No tax

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Which would you prefer: (over simplistic - just a poll)

    Income tax - nothing changes and the tax system as we know it continues on as always - changing and morphing month to month

    Flat tax - Revisions to current tax code in effect doing away with all other forms of taxation except for a low percentage of flat tax across the board

    National Sales tax - Revisions to current tax code in effect doing away with all other forms of taxation except for a nation wide sales tax - if you spend nothing, you pay nothing

    No tax - The tax codes as written currently are un-Constitutional and therefore should be abolished entirely. In place of taxes, we would rely on donations by private citizens/corporations.
    There needs to be an option for "income tax, with modifications." I support an income tax that, generally speaking, is higher and more progressive than what we currently have. I would eliminate most deductions, leaving only education, health, and charity deductions. I would tax a person's ENTIRE compensation (including medical benefits) as regular income.

    And while we're at it, we should get rid of all corporate taxes and tariffs, tax capital gains as normal income, eliminate most general sales taxes, and increase the gasoline tax.
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