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    I was recently introduced to this taxing system and wondered what some of you all thought about it. This is obviously for the US, but some of you not from here may still know something and have an opinion.

    Seems like a very good idea to me, but as some of you may remember I am not the most knowlegeable about these sorts of things

    Anyway, to sum it up, you pay no taxes out of your paycheck, but instead pay taxes only on new goods/services that you use or purchase. Effectively paying only for the things you do and not for others.

    I look forward to reading your replies

    Oh yeah, here is the link-
    http://www.fairtax.org/

    Their FAQ has a lot of good info.

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    Wouldn't that effectively kill any sort of facility or program that uses government funds? I can't say that I'm well-versed with the American taxation system, but I don't see how that could be a good thing.

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
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    Apparently this form of taxing will collect as much taxes for the government as the current one (and potentialy more) does. Instead of having taxes taken out before you get paid, they would be taken out at the register so in effect you choose if the product/service is worth the tax.

    Not to mention, you know exactly what you are being taxed when you are being taxed, rather then having all the hidden taxes we currently have.

    Everyone would get a prebate each month based on family size which would in effect be a refund of taxes paid, in advance, on anything they spend up to the poverty level. Anything they choose to spend above poverty level would be taxes out of their pocket.

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    But many things are supported by tax dollars that aren't bought or sold.

    Or am I just too depressed and messed up right now to fully understand it?

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t

  5. The Drawing Room   -   #5
    The idea is that everytime you purchase a new item or service, you will pay a certain percentage in taxes.

    Those taxes you pay from your purchases/services used will go to fund all the federal needs.

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    sounds like a good way to stretch that rich-poor gap.


    wouldn't this push the price of produce up, which means wages would have to go up, which can't go up unless companies profits go up or they get subsidised by the government. which means another price hike on produce because somebody will have to pay the poor.

  7. The Drawing Room   -   #7
    Good question.

    I won't explain this very well as I am new to it myself, but here goes....

    When you get rid of the current system, employers will no longer pay the taxes they do for having you on the payroll. That will drop the expense of having you down some. They will also not pay taxes on supplies bought to create whatever product/service they are selling so that will also lower the cost to the employer.

    One thought is that then the business will in fact be able to lower prices and also pay you your gross salary while still making the same profit margin. You may pay the same price which would include the tax you *may* pay a higher price, it depends on the route businesses and employees take. But, you will only pay taxes on what you choose to spend.

    An example of how to save money would be to buy used products such as cars and homes because the tax would not apply to them. It has already been paid in full when it was bought new.

    The FAQ covers a lot of things better then I can and there is a forum as well where they discuss pro's and con's if you are interested.

    http://www.fairtaxgroups.com/

    They discuss several ways this can go.

    The thing is, this makes the rich pay more taxes then they do now. One of the examples they use would be like this. We may buy ground beef at say $2.00 a pound plus taxof say 23%. The rich would pay say $9.00 a pound for beef tenderloin plus 23%. They are paying more because they choose to buy a higher end product.

    Same with a house. We buy a house for $250k plus 23% tax and they buy a $3million house plus 23% tax.

    This would in the end make the rich actualy fund more of the taxes because they will not have all the shelters they currently have to get out of paying. They only pay on what they buy and they have to buy all their things.

    This would also make sure that illegal immogrants are paying their fair share too. They have to buy everything they consume just like we do and since everyone is getting taxed on their purchases rather then their income the tax base is far larger.

    We would potentialy pay less in taxes, but more would be paying. And again, everyone is exempt on the taxes they pay up to the poverty level worth of purchases. So if you happen to be at poverty level in your spending habits, you would in effect not pay taxes.

    EDITED TO ADD:

    Since business will not get taxed either, they are more likely to stay in America rather then going elsewhere. Also, foreign businesses may choose to come here because they would not pay taxes either. Taxes are only paid on services/products bought in country so they could export tax free, but any business selling products/services to the US, those things will be taxed.
    Last edited by tracydani3; 08-20-2006 at 07:04 AM.

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    Hehe it sounds great when you talk about illegal immigrants paying their way, eh?

    Think of it this way.
    Business A doesn't pay tax on purchases but their MD does.
    Now that Business A is saving in taxes it offers its MD less salary but with a new company payment card.
    The MD can pay back the balance on the card and avoid the tax or the company can write it off. Either way, both employer and employee win.
    But not the taxman.

    But that's OK because the tax is applied to illegal immigrants, tourists, pensioners and kids.

    How about this.
    Mary works at Walmart and needs a new boiler for that nasty New York winter and it's gonna cost her $3000. Because she earns above the bread line (as defined by government, possibly) she doesn't get any help with this.

    Martha also works at Walmart and needs a boiler but since she lives in Nebraska her living expenses are considerably lower than Mary's in New York. It's also gonna cost her $3000 but that's not so hard to find.

    Money Inc. needs a boiler for its Manhattan office. That's no problem 'cos the company's doing OK and anyway, it won't have to pay the $600 tax that ordinary people do.


    We have this system in the UK; it's known as VAT - Value Added Tax.
    VAT was originally intended to be levied only on luxury items.
    It's levied on almost all goods and services including electricity and tampons. Consider that, if you will. Tampons are officially a luxury item in the UK.

    Another large and real problem with going wholesale over to this type of taxation is how much more complicated it is compared to earnings tax.
    The more complicated you make taxation, the more loopholes evaders will find, the more bread line people will 'slip through the safety net' and the more it costs to operate it.
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    It sounds almost like a variation of what we have here: the GST (or Goods and Services Tax). Like the VAT, it also applies to feminine hygiene products, as well as a great deal of other neccessities. It's been very controversial since its introduction, and several times political parties have promised to abolish it (hah!), though the current government cut a single percentage off it.

    Last edited by MagicNakor; 08-20-2006 at 11:33 AM.
    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t

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    The idea (as it generally arises) is expressed in the form of of a VAT, and has the appeal of transparency, choice, and proportion, as well as simplicity.

    It has it's apparent difficulties, as have been enumerated in previous posts, but whether those could be overcome will not likely be examined for precisely the qualities it seems to offer.

    Politics, as practiced in the U.S., are largely built upon the patronage transparence and choice abhor.

    Whole bureaucracies would also become redundant/obsolete, throwing many people out of work.

    Civil servants are not normally extraordinarily popular here, but hey, we're talking about millions of jobs, and while no politician wants to confront such a problem, neither does he want to run against an opponent who calls him out for implementing such a program.

    The practical problems are enormous to the point of rendering the theory useless, as the required troubleshooting process cannot occur unless the program is more-or-less in place.

    None of this takes into consideration the reaction of an impatient and self-indulgent electorate, which might support the project in a referendum, then rebel during the sea-change of implementation.

    Human nature would, as ever, present the insurmountable obstacle.
    “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of 'em are stupider than that.” -George Carlin

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