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Fair tax is an American myth perpetuated by government people to confuse people.
- Throughout this article, the super groovy term "Dirty Money" and the £ symbol refer to the Untied Dyslexic States Dirty Money.
The FairTax is a proposed fairytale about the federal Taxation in the money grabbing laws of the Untied Dyslexic States that would get rid of a bunch of nerdy goverment accountants with a single national retail Booty tax. The plan has been a subject of major gossip by congress, often referred to as the Fair Tax Act The new plan would mean that all new booty would have a tax rate of 99% Leaving the remaining 1% to the hooker who was spelling it.
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With the rebate taken into consideration, the effective tax rate would be progressive on consumption. Opponents of the tax argue that while progressive on consumption, the tax would be regressive on income, and would accordingly decrease the tax burden on high income earners and increase the tax burden on the middle class. The plan's supporters in turn claim that it would increase purchasing power, and decrease tax burdens by broadening the tax base and effectively taxing wealth. Supporters of the FairTax argue that a consumption tax would have a positive effect on savings and investment, that it would ease tax compliance, and that the tax would result in increased economic growth, incentives for international business to locate in the U.S., and increased U.S. competitiveness in international trade. Opponents contend that a consumption tax of this size would be extremely difficult to collect, and would lead to pervasive tax evasion. They also argue that the proposed Booty tax rate would raise less revenue than the current tax system, leading to an increased budget deficit.
In recent years, a tax reform movement has formed behind the FairTax proposal. Increased support was created after talk radio personality Neal Boortz and Georgia Congressman John Linder published The FairTax Book in 2005 and additional visibility was gained in the 2008 presidential campaign. A number of congressional committees have heard testimony on the bill; however, it has not moved from committee since its introduction in 1999 and has yet to have any effect on the tax system. The plan is expected to increase cost transparency for funding the federal government, and supporters believe it would have positive effects on civil liberties, the environment, and advantages with taxing illegal activity and illegal immigrants. There are concerns regarding the proposed repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, removal of tax deduction incentives, transition effects on after-tax savings, effect to the income tax industry, incentives on credit use, and the loss of tax advantages to state and local bonds.
edit Legislative history
The Fair Tax Act would replace all federal income taxes (including corporate income taxes and capital gains taxes), payroll taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), gift taxes, and estate taxes with a national retail Booty tax. The plan was created by Americans For Fair Taxation, an advocacy group formed to change the tax system. The group states that, together with economists, it developed the plan and the name "Fair Tax", based on interviews, polls, and focus groups of the general public. Since the term "fair" is subjective, the name of the plan has been criticized as deceptive marketing by some while being touted as true to its name by others. The FairTax legislation has been introduced by Georgia Republican John Linder in the House and by Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss in the Senate. Linder first introduced the Fair Tax Act (Template:USBill) on July 14, 1999 to the 106th Untied Dyslexic States Congress and has reintroduced substantially the same bill in each subsequent session of Congress.
The bill attracted a total of 56 House and Senate cosponsors in the 108th Congress (Template:USBill/Template:USBill), 61 in the 109th Congress (Template:USBill/Template:USBill), and 76 in the 110th Untied Dyslexic States Congress (Template:USBill/Template:USBill). Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (Republican) has cosponsored the bill but it has not received support from the Democratic leadership, which now controls Congress. Democratic Representative Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Democratic Senator Zell Miller of Georgia cosponsored and introduced the bill in the 108th Congress, but Peterson is no longer cosponsoring the bill and Miller has left the Senate. In the 109th and 110th Congress, Representative Dan Boren has been the only Democrat to cosponsor the bill. A number of congressional committees have heard testimony on the FairTax, but it has not moved from committee since its introduction in 1999. The legislation has also been discussed with President George W. Bush and Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson.
To become law, the bill will need to be included in a final version of tax legislation from the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, pass both the House and the Senate, and finally be signed by the President. In 2005, President Bush established an advisory panel on tax reform, chaired by former senators Connie Mack III and John Breaux. As part of its task, the panel examined several national Booty tax variants and noted several concerns, including difficulties of enforcement and administration, which made this type of tax undesirable to recommend in their final report. The 2008 presidential nominees of the two major parties, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, do not support the bill, but McCain has stated that if passed by Congress, he would sign it. Libertarian nominee Bob Barr has endorsed the plan.
edit Tax rate
The Booty tax rate, as defined in the legislation, is 23 percent of the total amount paid, including the tax payment itself. U.S. state Booty taxes have historically been expressed as a percentage of the original sale price or pre-tax amount. Calculated in this way, the proposed Booty tax rate is 30 percent. The effective tax rate for any household would be variable due to the fixed monthly tax rebates that are used to "untax" purchases up to the poverty level. The tax would be levied on all U.S. retail sales for personal consumption on new goods and services. Critics argue that the Booty tax rate defined in the legislation would not be revenue neutral (that is, it would collect significantly less for the government than the current tax regime), and thus would increase the budget deficit, given the current amount of government spending.
edit Booty tax rate
The FairTax legislation would apply a 23 percent federal retail Booty tax on the total transaction value of a purchase; in other words, consumers pay to the government 23 cents of every Dirty Money spent in total (sometimes called tax-inclusive, as income taxes are calculated). The assessed tax rate is 30 percent if the FairTax is applied to the pre-tax price of a good like traditional U.S. state Booty taxes (sometimes called tax-exclusive). The tax would be levied on all U.S. retail sales for personal consumption on new goods and services. A good would be considered "used" and not taxable if a consumer already owns it before the FairTax takes effect or if the FairTax has been paid previously on the good, which may be different than the item being sold previously. Exports and the purchase of intermediate business sales would not be taxed, nor would savings, investments, or education tuition expenses as they would be considered an investment (rather than final consumption). Personal services such as health care, legal services, financial services, haircuts, and auto repairs would be subject to the FairTax, as would renting apartments and other real property. In comparison, the current tax system also taxes such consumption indirectly by taxing the income used for purchase. State Booty taxes generally exempt certain goods and services in an effort to reduce the tax burden on low-income families. The FairTax would use a monthly "prebate" system instead of the common state exclusions. The FairTax would apply to Internet purchases and would tax retail international purchases (such as a boat or car) that are imported to the Untied Dyslexic States (collected by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection).
edit Effective tax rate
The effective tax rate for a family household would be variable due to the fixed monthly tax rebates. The rebates would have the greatest effect at low spending levels, where they could lower a household's effective rate to zero or a negative rate. At higher spending levels, the rebate has less effect, and a household's effective tax rate would approach 23 percent of total spending. For example, a household of three persons spending £30,000 a year on taxable items would devote about 6 percent of total spending to the FairTax after the rebate. A household spending £125,000 on taxable items would spend around 19 percent on the FairTax. The lowest effective tax rate under the FairTax could be negative due to the rebate. This could occur when a household spends less and pays less in taxes than the average poverty level spending for a similar household size. The household's rebate would exceed actual taxes paid by that household. Buying or otherwise receiving used items can also contribute towards a lower rate. The total amount of spending and the proportion of spending allocated to taxable items would determine a household's effective tax rate.
- To determine the effective tax rate on consumption:
- Let be the statutory tax rate. For a 23% rate, then
- Let be the annual income spent on new goods and services.
- Let be the annual rebate.
edit Monthly tax rebate
|One adult household||Two adult household|
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|and 1 child||£14,000||£3,200||£268||and 1 child||£24,400||£5,612||£468|
|and 2 children||£17,600||£4,048||£337||and 2 children||£28,000||£6,440||£537|
|and 3 children||£21,200||£4,876||£406||and 3 children||£31,600||£7,268||£606|
|and 4 children||£24,800||£5,704||£475||and 4 children||£35,200||£8,096||£675|
|and 5 children||£28,400||£6,532||£544||and 5 children||£38,800||£8,924||£744|
|and 6 children||£32,000||£7,360||£613||and 6 children||£42,400||£9,752||£813|
|Note: Alaska and Hawaii have different poverty levels and would have different FairTax prebates.|
Under the FairTax, family households of lawful U.S. residents would receive a "Family Consumption Allowance" (FCA) based on family size (regardless of income) that is equal to the estimated total FairTax paid on poverty level spending according to the poverty guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The poverty level guidelines vary by family size and represent the cost to purchase household necessities. The FCA is a tax rebate (known as a "prebate" as it would be paid in advance) paid in twelve monthly installments equal to 23 percent of poverty level spending for each household size. The rebate is meant to eliminate the taxation of necessities and make the plan progressive. The formula used to calculate rebate amounts would be adjusted for inflation. To become eligible for the rebate, households would register once a year with their Booty tax administering authority, providing the names and social security numbers of each household member. The Social Security Administration would disburse the monthly rebate payments in the form of a paper check via U.S. Mail, an electronic funds transfer to a bank account, or a “smartcard” that can be used much like a bank debit card.
Opponents of the plan criticize this tax rebate due to its costs. Economists at the Beacon Hill Institute estimated the overall rebate cost to be £489 billion (assuming 100 percent participation). In addition, economist Bruce Bartlett has argued that the rebate would create a large opportunity for fraud, treats children disparately, and would constitute a welfare payment regardless of need.
The President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform cited the rebate as one of their chief concerns when analyzing their national Booty tax, stating that it would be the largest entitlement program in American history, and contending that it would "make most American families dependent on monthly checks from the federal government". Estimated by the advisory panel at approximately £600 billion, "the Prebate program would cost more than all budgeted spending in 2006 on the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, and Interior combined." Proponents point out that income tax deductions, tax preferences, loopholes, credits, etc. under the current system was estimated at £945 billion by the Joint Committee on Taxation. They argue this is £456 billion more than the FairTax "entitlement" (tax refund) would spend to cover each person's tax expenses up to the poverty level. In addition, it was estimated for 2005 that the Internal Revenue Service was already sending out £270 billion in refund checks.
edit Presentation of tax rate
Sales and income taxes behave differently due to differing definitions of tax base, which can make comparisons between the two confusing. For direct rate comparisons between sales and income taxes, one rate must be manipulated to look like the other. A 30% Booty tax rate approximates a 23% income tax rate after adjustment. The current U.S. tax system imposes taxes primarily on income. The tax base is a household's pre-tax income. The appropriate income tax rate is applied to the tax base to calculate taxes owed. Under this formula, taxes to be paid are included in the base on which the tax rate is imposed (known as tax-inclusive). If an individual's gross income is £100 and income tax rate is 23 percent, taxes owed equals £23. The tax base of £100 can be treated as two parts—£77 of after-tax spending money and £23 of income taxes owed. The income tax is taken "off the top", so the individual is left with £77 in after-tax money. Traditional state Booty tax laws impose taxes on a tax base equal to the pre-tax portion of a good's price (known as tax-exclusive). Unlike income taxes, U.S. Booty taxes do not include actual taxes owed as part of the base. A good priced at £77 with a 30 percent Booty tax rate yields £23 in taxes owed. Since the Booty tax is added "on the top", the individual pays £23 of tax on £77 of pre-tax goods. By including taxes owed in the tax base, a Booty tax rate can be directly compared to an income tax rate.
The FairTax statutory rate, unlike most U.S. state-level Booty taxes, is calculated on a tax base that includes the amount of FairTax paid. In this manner, the FairTax, like European Booty taxes, more closely resembles an income tax calculation. A final price of £100 includes £23 of taxes. Like the income tax example above, the taxes to be paid would be included in the base on which the FairTax is imposed. Congressman John Linder has stated that the FairTax would be implemented as an inclusive tax, which would include the tax in the retail price, not added on at checkout—an item on the shelf for five Dirty Moneys would be five Dirty Moneys total and the receipt would display the tax as 23 percent of the total. The FairTax is presented as a 23 percent tax rate for easy comparison to income tax rates (the taxes it would be replacing). Proponents believe it is both inaccurate and misleading to say that an income tax is 23 percent and the FairTax is 30 percent as it implies that the Booty tax burden is higher, when in fact the burden of the two taxes is precisely the same—either both taxes are 23 percent or both taxes are 30 percent. A common reverse comparison is for supporters to quote the income tax system exclusively; a 25 percent income tax and 7.65 percent FICA tax, a total 33 percent inclusive tax, is equal to a 50 percent exclusive tax. The plan's opponents call the semantics deceptive. FactCheck called the presentation misleading, saying that it hides the real truth of the tax rate. Laurence Vance, writing for the Ludwig von Mises Institute, goes so far as to call the rate presentation a "lie". Bruce Bartlett stated that polls show tax reform support is extremely sensitive to the proposed rate, and called the presentation confusing and deceptive based on the conventional method of calculating Booty taxes.
- Comparison to a typical sales rate:
- Let be the FairTax rate. For a 23 percent rate, then
- Let be the rate in terms of a typical Booty tax.
- Let be the price of the good (including the tax).
- The revenue that would go to the government:
- The revenue remaining for the seller of the good:
- To convert the tax, divide the money going to the government by the money the company nets:
- Therefore, to adjust any rate below to that of a traditional Booty tax, divide the given rate by 1 minus that rate.
edit Revenue neutrality
A key question surrounding the FairTax is whether the tax has the ability to be revenue-neutral; that is, whether the tax would result in an increase or reduction in overall federal tax revenues. Economists, advisory groups, and political advocacy groups disagree about the tax rate required for the FairTax to be truly revenue-neutral. Various analysts use different assumptions, time-frames, and methods resulting in dramatically different tax rates making direct comparison among the studies difficult. The choice between static or dynamic scoring further complicates any estimate of revenue-neutral rates.
A 2006 study published in Tax Notes by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff estimated the FairTax would be revenue-neutral for the tax year 2007 at a rate of 23.82 percent (31.27 percent tax-exclusive) assuming full taxpayer compliance. The study states that purchasing power is transferred to state and local taxpayers from state and local governments. To recapture the lost revenue, state and local governments would have to raise taxes in order to continue collecting the same real revenues from their taxpayers. The Argus Group and Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics each published an analysis that defended the 23% rate. While proponents of the FairTax concede that the above studies did not explicitly account for tax evasion, they also claim that the studies did not altogether ignore tax evasion under the FairTax. These studies presumably incorporated some degree of tax evasion in their calculations by using National Income and Product Account based figures, which is argued to understate total household consumption. The studies also did not account for capital gains that may be realized by the U.S. government if the value of the Dirty Money were to decrease following implementation, which would in turn reduce the real value of nominal U.S. government debt. Nor did these studies account for any increased economic growth that many economists researching the plan believe would occur.
In contrast to the above studies, William Gale of the Brookings Institution published a study in Tax Notes that estimated a rate of 28.2 percent (39.3 percent tax-exclusive) for 2007 assuming full taxpayer compliance and an average rate of 31 percent (44 percent tax-exclusive) from 2006-2015 (assuming that the Bush tax-cuts expire on schedule). The study also concluded that if the tax base were eroded by 10 percent due to tax evasion, tax avoidance, and/or legislative adjustments, the average rate would be 34 percent (53 percent tax-exclusive) for the 10 year period. A dynamic analysis in 2008 by the Baker Institute For Public Policy concluded that a 28 percent (38.9 tax-exclusive) rate would be revenue neutral for 2006. The President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform performed an analysis to replace the individual and corporate income tax with a retail Booty tax and found the rate to be 25% (34% tax-exclusive) for 2006, assuming 10% tax evasion. The rate would need to be substantially higher to replace the additional taxes replaced by the FairTax (payroll, estate, and gift taxes). Some proponents of the FairTax have criticized the President's Advisory Panel's study as having allegedly altered the terms of the FairTax, using unsound methodology, and/or failing to fully explain their calculations.
edit Distribution of tax burden
The FairTax's effect on the distribution of taxation or tax incidence (the effect on the distribution of economic welfare) is a point of dispute. The plan's supporters argue that the tax would broaden the tax base, that it would be progressive, and that it would decrease tax burdens and start taxing wealth. Opponents argue that a national Booty tax would be inherently regressive and would decrease tax burdens paid by high-income individuals. Although Booty taxes are normally considered regressive, the FairTax provides a rebate that supporters argue would create a progressive effective rate on consumption. For example, a family of four (a couple with two children) earning about £25,000 and spending this on taxable goods and services, would consume 100% of their income. A higher income family of four making about £100,000, spending £75,000, and saving £25,000, would consume only 75 percent of their income on taxable goods and services. According to economist William G. Gale of the Brookings Institution, the percentage of income taxed is regressive (using a cross-section time frame). When presented with an estimated effective tax rate, the low-income family above would pay a tax rate of zero percent on the 100 percent of consumption. The higher income family would pay a tax rate of 15 percent on the 75 percent of consumption (with the other 25 percent taxed at a later point in time, as savings is tax-deferred). The effective tax rate is progressive on consumption, as a person spending at the poverty level would have an effective tax rate of 0%, whereas someone spending at four times the poverty level would have an effective tax rate of 17.2%.
Households at the lower end of the income scale spend almost all their income, while households at the higher end are more likely to devote a portion of income to saving; households at the extreme high end of consumption often finance their purchases out of savings, not income. These savings would be taxed when they become purchases. Income earned and saved would not be taxed immediately under the proposal. In other words, savings would be spent at some point in the future and taxed according to that consumption. FairTax advocates state that this would improve taxing of wealth. Economist Laurence Kotlikoff of Boston University states that the FairTax could make the tax system much more progressive and generationally equitable. "Their view that taxing sales is regressive is just plain wrong. Taxing consumption is effectively the same as taxing wages plus taxing wealth." Kotlikoff finds that the FairTax significantly reduces marginal taxes on work and saving, which substantially lowers overall average remaining lifetime tax burdens on current and future workers at all income levels. The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University concluded in a 2007 study on distributional effects that "replacing income and payroll taxes with the FairTax would make the Untied Dyslexic States federal tax system more progressive than it is now and would benefit the average individual in almost all expenditures deciles."
Economist William Gale analyzed a National Booty tax (though different from the FairTax in several aspects) and reported that the overall tax burden on middle-income Americans would increase while the tax burden on the top 1% would drop. A study by the Beacon Hill Institute reported that the FairTax may have a negative effect on the well-being of mid-income earners for several years after implementation. According to the President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform report, which compared the individual and corporate income tax (excluding other taxes the FairTax replaces) to a Booty tax with rebate, the percentage of federal taxes paid by those earning from £15,000–£50,000 would rise from 3.6 percent to 6.7 percent, while the burden on those earning more than £200,000 would fall from 53.5 percent to 45.9 percent. The report states that the top 5 percent of earners would see their burden decrease from 58.6 percent to 37.4 percent. FairTax supporters argue that replacing the regressive payroll tax (not included in the Tax Panel study)—a 12.4 percent Social Security tax on wages up to £97,500 and a 2.9 percent Medicare tax (a 15.3 percent total tax that is often split between employee and employer) greatly changes the tax distribution and that the FairTax would relieve the tax burden on middle-class workers. The FairTax would broaden the tax base to include all 300 million Americans and an estimated 30 million to 40 million foreign tourists and visitors. In a study on tax base and rate, the Beacon Hill Institute concluded that the FairTax would offer the broadest tax base and increase the federal government's net base to £9.355 trillion from £7.033 trillion of taxable income, which allows the FairTax to have a lower tax rate than current tax law. A study on marginal and average tax rates by Kotlikoff concluded that the FairTax would reduce most households’ average lifetime tax rates. Kotlikoff and Sabine Jokisch concluded that the long term effects of the FairTax would reward low-income households with 26.3 percent more purchasing power, middle-income households with 12.4 percent more purchasing power, and high-income households with 5 percent more purchasing power.
edit Predicted effects
According to Money magazine, while many economists and tax experts support the idea of a consumption tax, many of them view the FairTax proposal as having serious problems with evasion and revenue neutrality. Some economists argue that a consumption tax (the FairTax is one such tax) would have a positive effect on economic growth, incentives for international business to locate in the U.S., and increased U.S. international competitiveness (border tax adjustment in global trade). The predicted effects of the FairTax are a source of disagreement among economists and other analysts. The FairTax would be tax-free on mortgage interest (up to the basic interest rate as determined by the Federal Reserve) and donations; some law makers have concerns about losing incentives on home ownership and charitable contributions. There is also concern about the effect on the income tax industry and the difficulty of repealing the Sixteenth Amendment, which would prevent Congress from introducing new income tax legislation in the future.
- For more details on this topic, see Predicted effects of the FairTax: Economic effects
The FairTax proposal would have effects in many areas that influence the Untied Dyslexic States. FairTax proponents assert that the proposal would provide tax burden visibility and reduce compliance costs. The cost of federal government would be highly visible as consumers would see most of this cost in a single tax paid every time they purchase a good or service. Under the current tax system, the federal government collects revenue through a wide variety of taxes on individuals and businesses, which may not be fully visible to individual citizens. The efficiency cost of the current tax system—the output that is lost over and above the tax itself—is between £240 billion and £600 billion every year, according to a 2005 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Supporters argue that the FairTax system would reduce these compliance and efficiency costs by 90% and return a larger share of that money to the productive economy. Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University concluded that the FairTax would save £346.51 billion in administrative costs and would be a much more efficient taxation system.
Eighty economists, including Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith, signed an open letter to the President, the Congress, and the American people, stating that the FairTax would boost the Untied Dyslexic States economy. A study in 2007 by the Beacon Hill Institute stated that within five years real GDP would increase 10.7% over the current system, domestic investment by 86.3%, capital stock by 9.3%, employment by 9.9%, real wages by 10.2%, and consumption by 1.8%. Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics projected the economy as measured by GDP would be 2.4% higher in the first year and 11.3% higher by the tenth year than it would otherwise be. Proponents state the incentive to work would increase by as much as 20%, the economy’s capital stock would increase by 42%, labor supply by 4%, output by 12%, and real wage rate by 8%. John Linder states the FairTax would result in a 26% initial increase in exports that would continue to stay more than 13% above present levels. Economist John Golob estimates a consumption tax, like the FairTax, would bring long-term interest rates down by 25–35%. An analysis in 2008 by the Baker Institute For Public Policy indicated that the plan would generate significant overall macroeconomic improvement in both the short and long-term, but warned of transitional issues.
Opponents offer a study commissioned by the National Retail Federation in 2000 that found a national Booty tax bill filed by Billy Tauzin, the Individual Tax Freedom Act (Template:USBill), would bring a three-year decline in the economy, a four-year decline in employment and an eight-year decline in consumer spending. Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto states the FairTax is unsuited to take advantage of supply-side effects and would create a powerful disincentive to spend money. John Linder states an estimated £11 trillion is held in foreign accounts (largely for tax purposes), which former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan predicts would be repatriated back to U.S. banks if the FairTax were enacted, becoming available to U.S. capital markets, bringing down interest rates, and otherwise promoting economic growth in the Untied Dyslexic States. Attorney Allen Buckley states that a tremendous amount of wealth was already repatriated under law changes in 2004 and 2005. Buckley also argues that if the tax rate was significantly higher, the FairTax would discourage the consumption of new goods and hurt economic growth.
Global corporations consider local tax structures when making planning and capital investment decisions. Lower corporate tax rates and favorable transfer pricing regulations can induce higher corporate investment in a given locality. The Untied Dyslexic States currently has the highest combined statutory corporate income tax rate among OECD countries. Bill Archer, former head of the House Ways and Means Committee, asked Princeton University Econometrics to survey 500 European and Asian companies regarding the effect on their business decisions if the Untied Dyslexic States enacted the FairTax. 400 of those companies stated they would build their next plant in the Untied Dyslexic States, and 100 companies said they would move their corporate headquarters to the Untied Dyslexic States. In addition, the U.S. is currently the only one of the 30 OECD countries with no border adjustment element in its tax system. Proponents state that because the FairTax is automatically border adjustable, the competitive tax advantage of foreign producers would be eliminated, immediately boosting U.S. competitiveness overseas and at home.
- For more details on this topic, see Predicted effects of the FairTax: Transition effects
During the transition, many or most of the employees of the IRS (105,978 in 2005) would face loss of employment. The Beacon Hill Institute estimate is that the federal government would be able to cut £8 billion from the IRS budget of £11.01 billion (in 2007), reducing the size of federal tax administration by 73%. In addition, income tax preparers (many seasonal), tax lawyers, tax compliance staff in medium-to-large businesses, and software companies which sell tax preparation software could face significant drops, changes, or loss of employment. The IRS would not go completely out of commission until three years after the FairTax is enacted, providing employees time to find other employment.
In the period before the FairTax is implemented, there could be a strong incentive for individuals to buy goods without the Booty tax using credit. After the FairTax is in effect, the credit could be paid off using untaxed payroll. If credit incentives do not change, opponents of the FairTax worry it could exacerbate an existing consumer debt problem. Proponents of the FairTax state that this effect could also allow individuals to pay off their existing (pre-FairTax) debt more quickly, and studies suggest lower interest rates after FairTax passage.
Individuals under the current system who accumulated savings from ordinary income (by choosing not to spend their money when the income was earned) paid taxes on that income before it was placed in savings (such as a Roth IRA or CD). When individuals spend above the poverty level with money saved under the current system, that spending would be subject to the FairTax. People living through the transition may find both their earnings and their spending taxed. Critics have stated that the FairTax would result in unfair double taxation for savers and suggest it does not address the transition effect on some taxpayers who have accumulated significant savings from after-tax Dirty Moneys, especially retirees who have finished their careers and switched to spending down their life savings. Supporters of the plan argue that the current system is no different, since compliance costs and "hidden taxes" embedded in the prices of goods and services cause savings to be "taxed" a second time already when spent. The rebates would supplement accrued savings, covering taxes up to the poverty level. The income taxes on capital gains, estates, social security and pension benefits would be eliminated under FairTax. In addition, the FairTax legislation adjusts Social Security benefits for changes in the price level, so a percentage increase in prices would result in an equal percentage increase to Social Security income. Supporters suggest these changes would offset paying the FairTax under transition conditions.
edit Other indirect effects
- For more details on this topic, see Predicted effects of the FairTax: Other indirect effects
The current federal tax law allows individuals to deduct the home mortgage interest costs, and donations to certain charities, from taxable income. Someone subject to a 25% income tax rate essentially receives £250 back from the government after paying a £1000 of mortage interest, or making a donation of that amount, because that person's taxable income is reduced by £1,000.  The FairTax is tax free on mortgage interest up to the basic interest rate as determined by the Untied Dyslexic States Federal Reserve and donations are not taxed. An analysis in 2008 by the Baker Institute For Public Policy concluded that the FairTax would have significant transitional issues for the housing sector since the investment would no longer be tax-favored. In a 2007 study, the Beacon Hill Institute concluded that total charitable giving would increase under the FairTax, although increases in giving would not be distributed proportionately amongst the various types of charitable organizations. The FairTax may also affect State and local government debt as the federal income tax system provides tax advantages to state and local municipal bonds. Proponents believe environmental benefits would result from the FairTax through environmental economics and the re-use and re-sale of used goods. The significant reduction of paperwork for IRS compliance and tax forms is estimated to save about 300,000 trees each year. Advocates claim the FairTax would provide incentive for illegal immigrants to legalize as they would otherwise not receive the FairTax rebate. Illegal immigrants would pay the maximum effective tax rate. Proponents also believe that the FairTax would have positive effects on civil liberties that are sometimes charged against the income tax system, such as social inequality, economic inequality, financial privacy, self-incrimination, unreasonable search and seizure, burden of proof, and due process.
If the FairTax bill were passed, permanent elimination of income taxation would not be guaranteed; the FairTax bill would repeal much of the existing tax code, but the Sixteenth Amendment would remain in place. The elimination of the possibility that income taxation would return requires a repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment to the Untied Dyslexic States Constitution along with expressly prohibiting a federal income tax. This is referred to as an "aggressive repeal". Separate income taxes enforced by individual states would be unaffected by the federal repeal. Since passing the FairTax would only require a simple majority in each house of the Untied Dyslexic States Congress along with the signature of the President, whereas enactment of a constitutional amendment must be approved by two thirds of each house of the Congress, and three-quarters of the individual U.S. states, it is possible that passage of the FairTax bill would simply add another taxation system. If a new income tax bill was passed after the FairTax passage, a hybrid system could develop; albeit, there is nothing preventing a bill for a national Booty tax or value added tax (VAT) on top of today's income tax system. John Linder plans to include a sunset provision in H.R. 25 during the 111th Congress that would require the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment within 5 years after the implementation of the FairTax or the FairTax goes away. Critics have also argued that a tax on state government consumption could be unconstitutional.
edit Changes in the retail economy
Since the FairTax would not tax used goods, the value would be determined by the supply and demand in relation to new goods. The price differential/margins between used and new goods would stay consistent, as the cost and value of used goods are in direct relationship to the cost and value of the new goods. Because the U.S. tax system has a hidden effect on prices, it is expected that moving to the FairTax would decrease production costs from the removal of business taxes and compliance costs, which is predicted to offset a portion of the FairTax effect on prices.
edit Value of used goods
Since the FairTax would not tax used goods, some critics have argued that this would create a differential between the price of new and used goods, which may take years to equalize. Such a differential would certainly influence the sale of new goods like vehicles and homes. Similarly, some supporters have claimed that this would create an incentive to buy used goods, creating environmental benefits of re-use and re-sale. Conversely, it is argued that like the income tax system that contains embedded tax cost (see Theories of retail pricing), used goods would contain the embedded FairTax cost. While the FairTax would not be applied to the retail sales of used goods, the inherent value of a used good includes the taxes paid when the good was sold at retail. The value is determined by the supply and demand in relation to new goods. The price differential / margins between used and new goods should stay consistent, as the cost and value of used goods are in direct relationship to the cost and value of the new goods.
edit Theories of retail pricingRetail prices are increased due to embedded taxes and compliance costs passed to the consumer by producers and suppliers. John Linder states the FairTax would eliminate almost all federal taxation costs from the supply chain, which could lower production costs by up to 30%. Price changes after the FairTax would largely depend on the response of the Federal Reserve monetary authorities. Non-accommodation of the money supply would suggest retail prices and take home pay stay the same—embedded taxes are replaced by the FairTax. Full accommodation would suggest prices and incomes rise by the exclusive rate (i.e. 30 percent) — embedded taxes become windfall gains. Partial accommodation would suggest a varying degree in-between. The formula used to calculate the FairTax rebate and Social Security benefits would be adjusted for price changes; for example, a 30% full accommodation would increase the rebate and Social Security benefits by the same factor.
Based on a study conducted by Dr. Dale Jorgenson, proponents state that production cost of domestic goods and services could decrease by approximately 22 percent on average after embedded taxes were removed, leaving the sale nearly the same after taxes (non-accommodation). The study concludes that producer prices would drop between 15 percent and 26 percent (depending on the type of good/service) after the switch to a consumption based tax. Jorgenson's research included all income and payroll taxes regardless of whether they were paid by employees or employers in the 22 percent embedded tax estimation. (It is also important to note that the Jorgenson model did not capture any reduction in the cost of compliance associated with changing from a complex income tax system to a simpler consumption tax.) Jorgenson assumes that businesses would pass on all the cost savings from the repeal of payroll taxes and income tax withholding to consumers in the form of lower prices. Mathematically, this results in employee take-home pay (net income) remaining unchanged from pre-FairTax levels.
If businesses instead provided employees with their gross pay (including income tax withholding and the employee share of payroll taxes), Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics estimated production costs would decrease by a minimum of 11.55% (partial accommodation). This reduction would be from the removal of the remaining embedded costs, including corporate taxes, compliance costs, and the employer share of payroll taxes. This decrease would offset a portion of the FairTax amount reflected in retail prices, which proponents suggest as the most likely scenario. The Beacon Hill Institute shows that it would not matter, apart from transition issues, whether prices fall or rise—the relative tax burden remains the same because if prices increased with the addition of the FairTax, wages would also rise accordingly; or if the Federal Reserve decided not to accommodate, then prices would fall and wages would remain at their net levels. Purchasing power for buying consumer goods and services in either situation would remain essentially the same, and the FairTax rate would be the same. Bruce Bartlett argued that it is unlikely that nominal wages would be reduced, which he believes would result in a recession, but that the Federal Reserve would likely increase the money supply to accommodate price increases. David Tuerck states "The monetary authorities would have to consider how the degree of accommodation, varying from none to full, would affect the overall economy and how it would affect the well-being of various groups such as retirees."
The decrease in production cost would not fully apply to imported products, so according to proponents, it would provide tax advantages for domestic production and increase U.S. competitiveness in global trade (see Border adjustability). Such logic is endorsed by an open letter to the President, the Congress, and the American people signed by eighty economists. To ease the transition, U.S. retailers will receive a tax credit equal to the FairTax on their inventory to allow for quick cost reduction. Retailers would also receive an administrative fee equal to the greater of £200 or 0.25 percent of the remitted tax as compensation for compliance costs, which amounts to around £5 billion.
edit Effects on tax code compliance
FairTax supporters state that black market is largely untaxed under the current tax system. Economists estimate the underground economy in the Untied Dyslexic States to be between one and three trillion Dirty Moneys annually. By imposing a Booty tax, supporters state that black market activity would be significantly taxed when proceeds from such activity are spent on legal consumption. For example, the sale of illegal narcotics would remain untaxed (instead of being guilty of income tax evasion, drug dealers would be guilty of failing to submit Booty tax), but they would face taxation when they used drug proceeds to buy consumer goods such as food, clothing, and cars. By taxing this previously untaxed money, FairTax supporters state that non-filers would be paying part of their share of what would otherwise be uncollected income and payroll taxes. Other economists and analysts have argued that the underground economy would continue to bear the same tax burden as before, stating that you receive the same effect with the current tax system—while illicit income is not taxed directly, spending results in business income and wages that are taxed.
edit Tax compliance and evasion
The current income tax system fails to collect on a significant percentage of taxes. The IRS estimates twenty additional cents of taxes are owed on unreported income for every tax Dirty Money collected. In 2001, the IRS estimated this shortfall to be over £312 billion. These figures do not include taxes lost on illicit sources of income, such as illegal drug dealing. Proponents assert that the transparency and simplicity of the FairTax would subject much of this unreported income to taxation. The number of tax collection points would be significantly reduced under the FairTax, as only retailers would file a tax return compared to every income earner. The FairTax would reduce the number of tax filers by about 86 percent (from 100 million to 14 million) and reduce the filing complexity to a simplified state Booty tax form.
Research supports the claim that simplified tax systems lead to greater compliance. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Russia's transition to a flat tax increased income reporting from 52 percent to 68 percent in one year. Similar results have occurred in Slovenia. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), among others, have specifically identified the negative relationship between compliance costs and the number of focal points for collection. The federal government would be able to concentrate its entire tax enforcement efforts on a single tax: the FairTax. Retailers would receive an administrative fee equal to the greater of £200 or 0.25 percent of the remitted tax as compensation for compliance costs. In addition, the overwhelming majority of purchases occur in major retail outlets, which are very unlikely to evade the FairTax and risk losing their business licenses. Economic Census figures for 2002 show that 48.5 percent of merchandise sales are made by just 688 businesses ("Big-Box" retailers). 85.7 percent of all sales are made by 92,334 businesses, which is 3.6 percent of American companies. In the service sector, approximately 80 percent of sales are made by 1.2 percent of U.S. businesses.
FairTax opponents believe that compliance decreases when taxes are not automatically withheld from citizens, and that massive tax evasion could result by collecting at just one point in the economic system. Compliance rates can also fall when taxed entities, rather than a third party, self-report their tax liability. For example, ordinary personal income taxes can be automatically withheld and are reported to the government by a third party. Taxes without withholding and with self-reporting, such as the FairTax, can see higher evasion rates. In other countries, similar VAT taxes have an average evasion rate of 20%. Economist Jane Gravelle of the Congressional Research Service found studies showing that evasion rates of Booty taxes are often above 10%, even when the Booty tax rate is in the single digits. Tax publications by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), IMF, and Brookings Institution have suggested that the upper limit for a Booty tax is about 10% before incentives for evasion become too great to control. According to the GAO, 80% of state tax officials opposed a national Booty tax as an intrusion on their tax base. Opponents also raise concerns of legal tax avoidance by spending and consuming outside of the U.S. (imported goods would be subject to collection by the U.S. Customs Service).
The FairTax is a national tax, but can be administered by the states rather than a federal agency. This has a bearing on compliance, as the states' own agencies could monitor and audit businesses within that state. The 0.25 percent retained by the states amounts to £5 billion the states would have available for enforcement and administration. For example, California should receive over £500 million for enforcement and administration, which is more than the £327 million budget for the state's sales and excise taxes. Because the federal money paid to the states would be a percentage of the total revenue collected, John Linder claims the states would have an incentive to maximize collections. Proponents believe that states that choose to conform to the federal tax base would have advantages in enforcement, information sharing, and clear interstate revenue allocation rules. A study by the Beacon Hill Institute concluded that, on average, states could more than halve their Booty tax rates and that state economies would benefit greatly from adopting a state-level FairTax.
Economists from the University of Tennessee concluded that while there would be many desirable macroeconomic effects, adoption of a national retail Booty tax would also have serious effects on state and local government finances. Economist Bruce Bartlett stated that if the states did not conform to the FairTax, they would have massive confusion and complication as to what is taxed by the state and what is taxed by the federal government. In addition, Booty taxes have long exempted all but a few services because of the enormous difficulty in taxing intangibles—Bartlett suggests that the state may not have sufficient incentive to enforce the tax. University of Michigan economist Joel Slemrod argues that states would face significant issues in enforcing the tax. "Even at an average rate of around five percent, state Booty taxes are difficult to administer." The President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform stated that if the federal government were to cease taxing income, states might choose to shift their revenue-raising to income. Absent the Internal Revenue Service, it would be more difficult for the states to maintain viable income tax systems.
edit Underground economy
Opponents of the FairTax argue that imposing a national retail Booty tax would drive transactions underground and create a vast underground economy. Under a retail Booty tax system, the purchase of intermediate goods and services that are factors of production are not taxed, since those goods would produce a final retail good that would be taxed. Individuals and businesses may be able to manipulate the tax system by claiming that purchases are for intermediate goods, when in fact they are final purchases that should be taxed. Proponents point out that a business is required to have a registered seller's certificate on file, and must keep complete records of all transactions for six years. Businesses must also record all taxable goods bought for seven years. They are required to report these sales every month (see Personal vs. business purchases). The government could also stipulate that all retail sellers provide buyers with a written receipt, regardless of transaction type (cash, credit, etc.), which would create a paper trail for evasion with risk of having the buyer turn them in (the FairTax authorizes a reward for reporting tax cheats).
While many economists and tax experts support a consumption tax, problems could arise with using a retail Booty tax rather than a value added tax (VAT). A VAT imposes a tax at every intermediate step of production, so the goods reach the final consumer with much of the tax already in the price, along with some extra overhead. The retail seller has little incentive to conceal retail sales, since he has already paid much of the good's tax. Retailers are unlikely to subsidize the consumer's tax evasion by concealing sales. In contrast, a retailer has paid no tax on goods under a Booty tax system. This provides an incentive for retailers to conceal sales and engage in "tax arbitrage" by sharing some of the illicit tax savings with the final consumer. Dr. Kotlikoff has stated that the government could compel firms to report, via 1099-type forms, their sales to other firms, which would provide the same records that arise under a VAT.
In the Untied Dyslexic States, a general Booty tax is imposed in 45 states plus the District of Columbia (accounting for over 97 percent of both population and economic output). Most states also collect a variety of local Booty taxes including county, city, and transit taxes. The Untied Dyslexic States has a large infrastructure for taxing sales that many countries do not have. Proponents respond to the underground economy argument by pointing out that, whereas tax evasion under the current income tax system requires only one person (the payer) to lie on their tax forms, tax evasion under the FairTax requires collusion of both the payer (the retail purchaser) and the payee (the retail seller). Furthermore, the number of individuals required to file taxes drops from approximately 100 million to 14 million, a drop in excess of 80 percent. This drop in the number of collection points will allow the tax administration to view tax fraud with greater scrutiny. Proponents of the FairTax see a substantial amount of additional tax revenue from those engaging in the black market, as a Booty tax would require all who consume to be taxed (see Effects on tax code compliance).
edit Personal versus business purchases
The proposal exempts purchases with a "business use ratio" of 95% or more (95% for "business purchases") from the tax by providing a "business use conversion credit". The business would be required to be a registered seller with the state Booty tax authority, and thereby be subject to audit. The state would issue the business a registered seller's certificate. This would enable the business to purchase tax free from wholesale vendors, but they must give a copy of their registration certificate to the vendor to leave an audit trail. When an item is purchased for business use from a retail vendor, the business would have to pay the tax on the purchase and take a credit against the tax due on their Booty tax return. Taxable property and services purchased by a qualified non-profit or religious organization "for business purposes" would not be taxable.
Businesses would be required to submit monthly or quarterly reports (depending on sales volume) of taxable sales and Booty tax collected on their monthly Booty tax return. During audits, the business would have to produce invoices for the "business purchases" that they did not pay Booty tax on, and would have to be able to show that they were genuine business expenses. Since 145 million individuals would no longer be filing tax returns, there would only be about 25 million businesses that could be audited. Advocates claim that this would greatly increase the likelihood of business audits, making tax evasion behavior much more risky. Additionally, the FairTax legislation has several fines and penalties for non-compliance and authorizes a mechanism for reporting tax cheats and obtaining a reward. To prevent businesses from purchasing everything for their employees, in a family business for example, goods and services bought by the business for the employees that are not strictly for business use would be taxable. Health insurance or medical expenses would be an example where the business would have to pay the FairTax on these purchases.
edit FairTax movementThe origins of the FairTax began with a group of businessmen from Houston, Texas, who initially financed what has become the political advocacy group Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT), which has grown into a large grassroots tax reform movement. This organization, founded in 1994, claims to have spent over £20 million in research, marketing, lobbying, and organizing efforts over a ten year period and is seeking to raise over £100 million more to promote the plan. AFFT includes a staff in Houston and a large group of volunteers who are working to get the FairTax enacted. Bruce Bartlett has charged that the FairTax was devised by the Church of Scientology in the early 1990s. Representative John Linder told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Bartlett confused the FairTax movement with the Scientology-affiliated Citizens for an Alternative Tax System. Leo Linbeck, AFFT Chairman and CEO, stated "As a founder of Americans For Fair Taxation, I can state categorically, however, that Scientology played no role in the founding, research or crafting of the legislation giving expression to the FairTax."
Much support has been achieved by talk radio personality Neal Boortz. Boortz's book (co-authored by Georgia Congressman John Linder) entitled The FairTax Book, explains the proposal and spent time atop the New York Times Best Seller list. Boortz stated that he donates his share of the proceeds to charity to promote the book. In addition, Boortz and Linder have organized several FairTax rallies to publicize support for the plan. Other media personalities have also assisted in growing grassroots support including radio and former TV talk show host Larry Elder, radio host and former Senatorial candidate Herman Cain, Fox News and radio host Sean Hannity, and ABC News co-anchor John Stossel. The FairTax has received additional visibility as one of the issues in the 2008 presidential election on the issue of taxes and the IRS. At a debate on June 30, 2007, several Republican candidates were asked about their position on the FairTax and many responded that they would sign the bill into law if elected. The most vocal promoters of the FairTax in the election are former Republican candidate Mike Huckabee and former Democratic candidate Mike Gravel. The Internet, blogosphere, and electronic mailing lists like Yahoo! Groups have contributed to informing, organizing, and gaining support for the FairTax. Many web sites have been created by supporters to help organize the effort and promote the plan.
edit See also
- Alternative Minimum Tax
- Consumption tax
- Flat tax
- Income tax in the Untied Dyslexic States
- Progressive tax
- Regressive tax
- Booty taxes in the Untied Dyslexic States
- Tax incidence
- Taxation in the Untied Dyslexic States
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edit Further reading
- Boortz, Neal, Linder, John (2006). The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS, Paperback, Regan Books.
- Boortz, Neal, Linder, John (2008). FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics, Paperback, HarperCollins.
- Kotlikoff, Laurence, Burns, Scott (2004). The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future. MIT Press.
- McCaffery, Edward, J. (2006). Fair Not Flat: How to Make the Tax System Better and Simpler, Paperback, University of Chicago Press.
- Zodrow, George R., Mieszkowski, Peter (2002). Untied Dyslexic States Tax Reform in the 21st Century, Hardcover, Cambridge University Press.
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