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Letter: Why the fair tax and not flat tax?

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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:14 pm | Updated: 3:50 pm, Tue Aug 20, 2013.

In 1912, Congress passed into law our first income tax. It was sold to the American people as a 1-percent flat tax on the wealthy. The IRS became responsible for tax collection. It soon became clear to anyone with substantial knowledge of the tax code that obtaining tax breaks for the wealthy would be a lucrative business. The tax lobbyists in Washington, D.C. were born.

Over the years tens of thousands of changes to that 1 percent flat tax were made. That original flat tax was transformed into the monstrosity of a tax code that we have today. Our tax code is modified an average of three times daily when congress is in session. It was modified a total of 579 times in 2010.

There is an unhealthy relationship which exists between the tax lobbyist, the wealthy client and certain members of congress.

The tax lobbyists, on behalf of their wealthy clients, obtain huge tax breaks for their client with the help of a congressman.

Given the above facts, why would anyone believe that passage of a flat tax would not again evolve into another monstrosity? As long as the IRS exists, the likelihood of this happening again is real. The only solution is to eliminate the IRS by passage of the fair tax. The fair tax is supported by the best economists in the country.

Milton Cormier

Sun Lakes

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