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Like most small business owners, I cringe when paying taxes. It’s my duty as an American citizen, however, I question if taking such a large chunk of what I earn is the right way.
Enter the Fair Tax legislation also known as H.R.25.
The Fair Tax repeals the income tax, employment tax, and estate and gift tax. A national sales tax of 23% on the use or consumption in the United States of taxable property or services would be implemented. In other words, only the money you spend would be taxed.
Scott Burns of the Dallas Morning News offers three good reasons for implementing the Fair Tax into our society.
1) Liberation of skilled workers.
Burns argues that income taxes fall hardest on skilled men and women who work hard in, and sometimes own, America’s small businesses. The burden of time and fees is the single largest thing that keeps these workers from accumulating wealth.
These workers are not represented by anyone in Congress, whether Democrat or Republican. Our laws are written by special interests that range from the AARP to the nameless lobbyists who tack on special tax breaks that benefit a single company or industry. That’s the way it is. It is an entirely corrupt system.
2) If you don’t spend your income, everyone benefits from it.
By not spending the money you earn, you are saving it. This extra cash flow will open up new capital for our economy. It would provide new cash for bank deposits, inventory for stores and manufacturers, and capital for equipment. Without the drain of taxation, a larger supply of capital would force down interest rates.
3) Greater equity in taxation.
The only true winners in our current tax system are the lobbyist who represent self-interest groups at the ultimate expense American small business owners like you and I. Both political parties fail to recognize that the worlds of work and entitlements are on a collision course.
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By Chris Brunner
Sunday, August 12th, 2012 @ 7:02 PM CDT
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