Look, I hate paying federal income taxes. It’s not that I don’t want to pay taxes, I do. However Tax time is cumbersome and it seems like there should be an easier way to collect.
I also think taking money out before I get to decide how to spend it is a little nannish. Which brings me to this
There are many other articles out there but essentially house republicans are preparing a bill to abolish federal income taxes and go to a national sales tax of 23% (or 30%, I’ve see conflicting information) on all goods sold.
The article linked above is obviously against this move…
“But there’s no way to make this sort of tax system anything other than a large boon to people with income and wealth far beyond what they need to live on, which if saved or invested would remain tax free. That’s why the Fair Tax has a perpetual fan base among consumers of right-wing talk and grassroots conservative activists. Because of Boortz’s role in promoting the scheme, it has become something of a Pet Rock for Georgia Republicans in the House, where Carter has picked up the torch originally carried by veteran conservative lawmaker John Linder.“
But even as a lib, that gets lots and lots of taxes taken out every two weeks, I have to admit I am intrigued.
I’m not necessarily seeing the downsides of doing something like this. I mean… libs don’t like the IRS anymore than cons. I do think cons are ok with paying taxes, just like libs (we just disagree on the amount and what to pay for).
I’ve been reading tweets from lib politicians and they keep saying it would be a tax cut for millions and billionaires and increase the taxes on middle and poor. However, It looks like the bill has provisions for low income to get “prebates”… which sound like UBI.
So for this thread… I’m looking for anyone to change my mind on this. Why shouldn’t we abolish the IRS and establish a national sales tax?