The FairTax plan is intended to be revenue neutral, meaning that it is a tax system that replaces dollar for dollar the current federal income and payroll based taxes. The FairTax bill, however, goes one step further by calling for the repeal of the sixteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allows Congress to levy an income tax. Without the repeal of the sixteenth amendment we could eventually have both, a federal consumption tax and a federal income tax. So, the repeal of the sixteenth amendment is imperative and in fact is written into the FairTax bill, H.R. 25. If, for whatever reason, the sixteenth amendment has not been repealed within seven years of the FairTax being enacted, then the FairTax bill has a sunset clause that will eliminate the federal sales tax to ensure that we are not saddled with both forms of taxation.
There has been a lot of noise made recently about sending tea bags to Washington to express our growing concerns about unfair and exorbitant taxes. While I think this is a great idea in theory it is not very practical. For one thing the tea bags will likely not get past the security measures at the Post Office, and for another you would be paying yet another tax in the form of postage to get it there.
Here is the next best thing to inundating our elected officials with an office full of tea bags. Inundate their inboxes with thousands of images of tea bags. Be sure and include a message regarding your concerns about our tax system. Be respectful, as you would to your neighbor, but not submissive. They need to understand how you feel.
You can find contact links to your elected officials, both Federal and State, by going to the Congress.org web site. Just type in your zip code and you’re off.
For your convenience here is my favorite tea bag image. Feel free to use it or find your own favorite. You can find lots of tea bag images here.
Supporting your government is a duty; taxation is a burden; excessive taxation is tyranny. Let Freedom Ring.
The FairTax is an idea whose time has come, and the drumbeats are getting louder. On April 15, in Columbia, South Carolina those drumbeats are going to be heard all over the U.S.
SCFairTax.org and AFFT(Americans For Fair Taxation) will co-host a FairTax “Save the Nation” Rally at the Township Auditorium located at 1703 Taylor Street in Columbia, SC. The doors will open at 4:30 PM, with the event starting at 5:30 and concluding by 7:00 PM. Reservations are free, required, and can be made here: FairTax.org.
There will be a number of FairTax All-Stars appearing at this event including GOP presidential candidate and Fox TV host, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Neal Boortz, radio host of The Neal Boortz Show and co-author of the FairTax books, and Ken Hoagland, National Communications Director from Americans for Fair Taxation, and many more (final schedule and speaker list is still being finalized).
The goal for this event is to bring national attention to the FairTax concept and to introduce the South Carolina FairTax Act which will be introduced in the legislature this year. This rally is scheduled to coincide with the Legislative session and is intended to send a strong and clear signal to all South Carolina Legislators that the citizens of South Carolina demand true tax reform in the form of new FairTax legislation, not just minor tinkering with the current convoluted and illogical accumulation of laws and regulations.
Fund raising is underway to generate enough money to air four weeks of radio broadcasts prior to the event. Options for other media are being explored as well.
Given the current state of our economy this event may well be the tipping point of the FairTax movement. Make plans now to attend this potentially historical event.