I'd like to add my own voice in support of a flat tax. In addition to the obvious benefits of simplicity, there is the simple benefit of obviousness. When everyone knows that other people will be paying their fair share, there is less incentive to cheat. And creating a flat tax rate will eliminate the need for such horrors as the alternative minimum tax. The AMT was created with the best of intentions--to ensure that wealthy individuals did not avoid all tax responsibility. But like too many well-intentioned provisions of the IRS code, it has ended up burdening middle class wage earners as much or more as the genuinely wealthy.
Mitt Romney: How can we change the tax code to ease the burden on our families and promote growth and innovation?
I believe the best federal tax would be a 20% flat tax, which means every working individual and every corporation --no matter how large or small-- would pay the same rate.
Now, some people might argue that this would be unjust for poor people. Why do they have to pay 20%? Simple. In reality, the government is a corporation. It is a service provider just like Northwest Airlines or Cox Cable. Did you know that? What kind of service is the government supposed to provide for us? The American government's purpose is to protect its people and peoples' property.
Every person living in America is protected by the US military. We
are all protected to some degree. Those who have more assets need greater protection than those who have nothing. Therefore those who earn more money need to pay more. That's why a flat tax is not a fixed amount. It's a fixed PERCENTAGE. If a person makes more money, he pays a greater dollar amount.
The only case when a person should pay a higher percentage of his income to government is if he receives special protetion from the military which is not provided to ordinary citizens.
Government must use justice not mercy when it comes to taxing people. I believe there should be no tax deductions and tax brackets for anybody. No one should be able to escape paying taxes. I believe that both legal and illegal immigrants should be forced to pay taxes just like American citizens. There should be no one in America who gets any kind of tax relief.
STILL I THINK THE QUESTION IS WRONG, BECAUSE THE #1 ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IS NOT HOW GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAX PEOPLE BUT RATHER HOW GOVERNMENT SHOULD SPEND THE MONEY. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
If the government wastes most of its revenue and is in seriously big debt, then it really doesn't matter whether we pay an income tax or a sales tax or fairtax or whatever. WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT IS HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT NOT HOW IT IS COLLECTED.
I am a member of Citizens Against Government Waste.