Tonight on #RATRRadio on the RedMaryland network, I’ll be talking to my good friends, Mark Schaff and Dave Kahn. Mark got involved in the FairTax movement after picking up the book at the airport and he read it twice to make sure he wasn’t missing something. It seemed so simple and too much common sense. He started researching online for different groups and found www.fairtax.org and www.fairtaxnation.com and both were set up to get people involved.
Mark was appointed the Volunteer Grassroots Fairtax State Director for Maryland in January 2011 by Americans for Fairtaxation as well as being the Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic Area. The regions include DC, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The goals of these organizations are to first educate the citizens of Maryland and grow the grassroots in Maryland, while trying to educate and convince our Congressman and Senators to support and pass the Fair Tax.
Dave also started out reading the book, FairTax the Truth. He feels that the nice thing about the FairTax is that once you learn about it, you realize what a huge improvement it is over the current system. His involvement came about when he saw a posting for someone to help out with organizing at the national level. He spoke by phone with a few board members and was assigned to the Projects & Activities Committee. His committee helped to organized involvement at major events nationwide. He also worked logistics for the Ames Straw Poll and Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Summit in 2011. He is the Baltimore District Director for FairTax.
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I hope you’ll tune into the show this evening, and please see below for a guest post from Dave.
The federal government has been the midst of a crisis over budget issues once again. President Obama and Congress came to an agreement in mid-October, but it is only temporary, funding the government until January 15th, at which point we’ll revisit this whole process. This is what has become business as usual for our federal government. There are only a few voices calling for serious solutions. We need to acknowledge that the problem is the status quo. We need to significantly change to the system.
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) has confirmed that Ways and Means will vote on H.R. 25, the FairTax, in a few weeks. This is a game changer that creates an entirely new tax code, shuts down the IRS, and promotes the repeal of the 16th Amendment.
The FairTax eliminates nearly 73,000 pages of federal tax code. All federal income, business, payroll, capital gains, social security, medicare, estate, gift, and alternative minimum taxes are repealed. The bill enacts a single tax on final product sales and services. There is no tax on goods or service provided to another business. The initial tax rate is 23% (compared to 22% sales tax currently imposed when business, social security, and paytoll taxes are passed on to the consumer). The FairTax allows only two exemptions: used goods and education or training services are not taxed.
The FairTax is imposed only on Americans beginning at the poverty line. The Dept. of the Treasury refunds taxes paid, up to the poverty line, to American households on a monthly basis. While this is the most controversial element to the legislation, it makes the FairTax more progressive than the current tax code.
Take a moment and consider how significantly this changes everything. American citizens and businesses will no longer pay roughly $431.1 billion per year to comply with a massive tax code. Businesses will be freed from the overhead costs and regulatory chains of our 73,000 page tax code. The IRS will no longer be able to target Americans, and remember the income tax penalty that Obamacare depends on for enforcement? The FairTax is projected to be the single largest boost to the American economy ever. It is estimated that the FairTax will boost the GDP by 10.5% in the first year.
We need the serious debate on major economic reform the FairTax will ignite in our nation. We need the benefits the FairTax will bring to Americans. We need to shut down the IRS and eliminate the 16th Amendment. Call members of the House Ways and Means Committee and ask them to vote in favor of moving H.R. 25 (the FairTax) to the floor of the House. Ask for a roll call vote on the bill. It is time to demand an end to the IRS and our corrupt system.