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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    Should there be a "Flat Tax"?

    A tax that would be 10 - 15% or whatever number for EVERYONE across the board.
    Since there was no "Hell, no!" option I took the "no" option.


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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    yes, with only one rule: NO TAX LOOPHOLES. Then with a 15% tax rate across the board, we'd be rid of all debt and the economy would be booming again.

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    A few people have mentioned the National Sales Tax. I support the Fair Tax:

    Americans For Fair Taxation:
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    -Zell Miller

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    This is of course speaking 'ideally' - I mean, going straight to a 15% flat tax would hurt too much from our current position; I'm not heartless- we'd need to do it in steps so those not paying ANY tax, those 48% of income earners, would be able to adjust and perhaps start working more.

    On the flip side, I often like to think: What would an 'ideal' nation look like? If I could start a nation today, what tax system would I use? Well... it would be flat tax. But not what you're thinking. I'm thinking a flat dollar figure. say $2,000 for adults, $1,000 for children. It would be so low because the majority of government expenses would not exist in my country. I came to this conclusion based on the following thought process: Why is it fair that, when you work 30 hours and I work 60, that I have to pay $3,000 and you pay $1,500? What extra am I getting from the national government that you are not? If I am to provide a government that is truly fair, I will charge everyone the same amount. No more or less. No loop holes for the rich or assistance for the poor. This is what a flat tax is to me.

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No.

    15% of 15,000 hurts alot worse than 15% of 500,000
    so it's more about hurting people for you than it is about revenue collection or economic growth?

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    flat, fair, simple, whichever, almost anything is better than the behemoth we have in place now.
    And why would a flat tax be simpler? Please think before posting. For a change.

    Hint: It won't be. Second hint: Consider how businesses treat income.
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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    And why would a flat tax be simpler? Please think before posting. For a change.

    Hint: It won't be. Second hint: Consider how businesses treat income.
    you are setting up a strawman. I don't pretend it will be so-easy-a-caveman-could-do-it. I claim it would be much, much simpler than the disastrous hydra that we have in place now.

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2K05GT View Post
    Not a flat tax but a Natioanl Sales Tax, get rid of the IRS that would save billions, then you could collect corporate income tax.
    No tax on Food period.
    The poor who buy less would feel little pain where the Rich who buy exspensive Cars, Homes, boats go to resturants, exspensive clothes, bags Ect.. will pay a large portion. This removes the need for the IRS and Loopholes the rich use to wittel their current tax liability from 55% down to 19% (this is total liability after refunds) the middle class liability is about 10% and the poor receive about 12% in earned income tax credits. this by the way would be the only peice that would stop a national sales tax because you could not redistribute the wealth to the poor in this manor. I know this because my 25 year old daughter had two kids and they live with me, she is a single mom with no income other than child support and she receives $6000.00 back in taxes.
    Hello?

    Can you explain why so many people believe the letters IRS stand for "Income Tax Revenue Service"?

    Turn today's graduated tax silliness into a flat tax, or a national sales tax, and the government is still going to need clerks to count it.

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fredmertz View Post
    This is of course speaking 'ideally' - I mean, going straight to a 15% flat tax would hurt too much from our current position; I'm not heartless- we'd need to do it in steps so those not paying ANY tax, those 48% of income earners, would be able to adjust and perhaps start working more.
    Ah.

    So you're claiming that the people earning in the lowest tax brackets will jump for joy and rush out and work harder when they're given the opportunity to pay taxes on what they earned.

    That certainly is an unusual possibility neither the Mayor nor most others have considered.

    Makes one wonder why they're not rushing out and working harder when they're able to keep all their money today, doesn't it?

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    Re: Should ther be a "Flat Tax"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No.

    15% of 15,000 hurts alot worse than 15% of 500,000
    So what you're saying is that if everyone paid something closer to their fair share of the tax burden, that there'd be more people paying closer attention to the crap the government currently wastes their money on and the push to dismantle the Nanny State would grow, right? That's what you mean by "hurts"?

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