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WOODALL: Save America. Pass the FairTax.

Rep. Rob Woodall, Republican congressman from Georgia's 7th District

Rep. Rob Woodall, Republican congressman from Georgia's 7th District

The time of year that we approach with equal parts dread and animus is once again upon us -- Tax Day, the time to give your hard-earned money to a government that can never seem to get enough of it. The deadline is April 17 this year, so you still have time to file your return. Today, though, let's turn our focus to working together to end Tax Day and our broken tax system entirely. Let's work together to pass the FairTax and ensure that no American ever has to face April 15 (or April 17) ever again.

Candidly, I don't think about our tax code in terms of dollars and cents. I think about it in terms of freedom. That's right: freedom. Every new law and every new regulation that comes out of Washington, D.C., is a withdrawal from the Bank of Individual American Freedom. Our tax code -- buttressed by the 16th Amendment and made up of more than 73,000 total pages of codes, regulations and rulings -- is the very worst offender. It has become an outright assault on the fundamental liberties that make American freedoms the envy of the world and that made the American people the most prosperous in the history of the world. Instead of embracing this freedom -- including the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail -- our federal government uses the tax code to prop up some companies, punish others, and put you -- the American taxpayer -- on the hook for the inevitable failures that follow. President Ronald Reagan accurately characterized the federal government's philosophy: "If it moves, tax it; if it keeps moving, regulate it; and if it stops moving, subsidize it."

Where does that leave us? After all, Democrats say they don't like our tax code. Republicans say they don't like our tax code. So why haven't we been able to change it? Perhaps it is because politicians and bureaucrats of all political stripes in Washington want to control our behavior, and the income tax code provides the power and tools that they need.

Indeed, passing the FairTax would be the greatest transfer of power away from the government and back to the people since 1789, and it's the only way that America will truly free herself from this devastating tax system and allow us to reclaim the freedom our Founding Fathers envisioned for us. Despite Washington's best intentions, big government solutions have failed us time and time again. The broken promises of new jobs and economic growth have led folks to grow skeptical of Washington's ability to govern, and that is exactly why we need to get Washington -- and those who want to control, manipulate, and destroy through our tax code -- out of the way. If we simply give American families and American businesses the freedom to succeed -- if we pass the FairTax -- we will see an economic revolution unlike any before. We must urge our leaders to think big ... just like the American people do. We must demand that they stand on principle, and stand for freedom. We must remind them to be focused not on the next election, but on the next generation. We must remind them that America needs the FairTax now. And they must listen, before it's too late.

Congressman Rob Woodall represents the 7th District.

Comments

FactChecker 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry Rob, the numbers don't work. Many have done the calculations and facts are that the fair tax as you and Linder have proposed it, will fall very short of the revenue under the current tax laws. It will increase the tax paid by the middle class while drastically reducing the taxes paid by the wealthy who already enjoy more benefits from loopholes that reduce taxes on wealthy frequently below that of people earning less than a tenth of their salary. The cost of collection has been omitted from the calculations submitted by pro "Fair Tax" groups. Being an inclusive tax, it equates to over 30% taxation on moneys spent. To get your tax below 20% of gross income, you would have to be in a financial position to save over one third of your income. The tax code is long because special interests have been able to overload it with loopholes so the wealthy are able to avoid taxation on much of their income. The way to reform tax is to increase deduction for dependents and not allow any itemized deductions. A deduction is nothing more than getting all tax payers to give you a rebate for some expenditure. Why should tax payers give rebates to millionaires? If you follow Woodall, you should have noticed that he has ignored the "Fair Tax" until he can use it once again in campaign speeches. He knows it won't work, he just doesn't think the people are bright enough to understand its problems.

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Fedupwliberalliars 2 years, 4 months ago

And just who fact checks a leftist statist hack like you using the name "factchecker" .... the Fairtax is the only legitimate answer to our corrupt income tax code which must be scrapped. Here's a fact to check ... the tax to the consumer is 23 cents on the dollar they spend...it's the simple arithmetic of "mark up" verses gross profit, that any 16 year old grocery boy could recognize 30 years ago...but now college grads are snookered by double talking partisan hacks like you. Here's another fact, fact checker...the net effect tax rate on the middle class is a reduction in federal taxes...not an increase. currently a $45,000 income will pay a net % of 5 to 10% depending on filing status, deductions etc. PLUS 15.2% Plus another 1.3% of his wages that are set aside by is employer as payroll expense. So in the best case scenario total federal taxes are 21.5% or 26.5% of total gross earnings. So there is an immediate wage take home pay increase of 21 or 26%...multiply that by the huge middle class and you can see what that would do for pumping money into the economy. Now the the net tax rate on that same middle class example under the fairtax would be about 11.5% of gross earnings after the prebate is factored in. And there is no more IRS gestapo to rule over you. If you prefer the current system it is because you have a vested interest in keeping the middle class shackled to a communist model for of taxastion.

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jbennettatty 2 years, 4 months ago

I am not sure where to begin to address these inaccuracies, so I shall concentrate on two. Tax collection will do just fine under the FairTax. While nobody can predict future tax collection, one point is certain. The path we are currently on is leading the country over the cliff. The FairTax is a better bet because it has been peer-reviewed and determined sound. If you claim that the revenue developed by the FairTax would not be sufficient, please state yoru basis.. Anybody can make that claim as long as that person does not feel compelled to back it up.

Second, FairTax is actually very progressive when analyzed by economists and not by politicians. When average remaining lifetime rescources are discounted back to present value, the poor and middle class benefit disproporationately from the FairTax. Don't be drawn into the popular dogmaf that a sales tax is necessarily regressive.

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agneskravitz 2 years, 4 months ago

Rob: Please stop using your official events as a book tour. I, as a taxpayer, don't appreciate paying for it.

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richtfan 2 years, 4 months ago

So why haven't we been able to change it? this is perhaps the simplest answer of the day.

We haven't been able to change it because both Democrats and Republicans, for the most part, are gutless to make real change. Repealing an amendment is not an easy thing to do. Liberals on the left mischaracterize our bills and lie about it, convincing the duped masses that the math doesn't work. many on the right don't wanna be characterized as hating the poor, so they don't step out and enact good legislation like this. Regular citizens don't really understand how the economy works and how to stimulate it. Thus they get rooked into thinking that cutting tax rates across the board is bad. Or someone convinces them that some benefit that they're getting right now will be taken away. Both parties are to blame somewhat, although liberals are much more in the wrong on this one.

FactChecker, your figures are wrong, and they do not even take into account the best thing about the FairTax--actually there are two real benefits other than the increase in individual freedom. First off, the FairTax will apply to EVERYONE. right now the income tax law does NOT apply to everyone and especially lets the underground black market economy to go untaxed. Everyone must have "skin in the game)--BHO's words, not mine----in order for it to be fair. Secondly, Nearly 100% of the cost of the tax will go against the cost of the goods due to the fact that companies will no longer have to pay for compliance. Their costs go down, and their pricing goes down at the same time. It makes everyone more competitive.

The FairTax is not perfect, but it accomplishes many of the things that will make our society better in the long run.

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CD 2 years, 4 months ago

Please list the companies that will volunteer to lower pricing.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

I read and researched FactChecker's data and am curious what you believe is in error. Before responding, I suggest you read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairtaxlink text. I found basically the same information at other sites, this one states the information very clearly. One thing you obviously overlook is that selling price is based on supply and demand, and lowering the cost of goods does not significantly lower selling price without other effects. The "FairTax" does not require all to pay taxes, nor do away with the IRS. The roll of the IRS will be to process and mail out "prebates". The roll of the IRS would be reduced but still a part of the tax code.Trickle down is like the dog waiting below the table for the crumbs that fall from the diners.

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noirs 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry Jan - you're wrong on several points. HR25 does eliminate the IRS by defunding it. Title III, Section 301 of HR 25 specifically states that Appropriations for the Internal Revenue Service shall not be authorized after fiscal year 2015. So HR 25 defunds and thereby eliminates the IRS. With respect to selling price being based on supply and demand - I agree that is true, but in a competitive environment if one supplier can provide a product at a lower cost - perhaps because there is no tax built in to the cost - then competition will drive the price down. The bottom line is the Fair Tax is a far superior solution to what we have today and better than a Flat Tax as well. We should not be taxing income and discourating people from working.

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CD 2 years, 4 months ago

As both a member of corporate America and a shareholder, I can assure you that no company will be fighting to reduce their top line. We don't look for ways to lower revenue and shareholders won't accept such. Any compliance cost savings will be welcome and will flow through to the bottom line and then out as increased dividends or retained earnings, but the average consumer will not see those savings.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

We need to get rid of the Sch A for personal taxes. The standard deduction is higher than most people's itemized deductions anyway. There has to be some system where everyone pays into the system, even welfare income. A tax on simple gross income is best; no loopholes. The rich (over $750,000 a yr) already have enough loopholes in their pockets. Whatever we do, the IRS needs to be tamed and its power lessened. Even W.Buffet is fighting a $1 billion tax bill with the IRS. He doesn't advertise that! Wonder why?

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notblind 2 years, 4 months ago

The root problem is out of control gooberment spending. Until that problem is addressed everything else is just blah blah blah blah...

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noirs 2 years, 4 months ago

The Fair Tax does defund and thereby eliminate the IRS. See Title III - Other matters, section 301 - Phase out of Administration of Repealed Federal Taxes. Sorry - Jan is wrong on this point and misguided on her other points.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

While the FairTax does state elimination of IRS, It is being replaced by a division that would be responsible for mailing out the tax rebates. Renaming a division of government and slightly altering its function does not effectively eliminate it. I have excellent math skills, have run many of the calculations. Have you even taken the time to do any research into unbiased information about the FairTax? If you wish to argue any specific point I made, please respond and I will be glad to attempt to explain so you can understand. Just making an accusation of "misguided" sounds more like you mean " I want to believe the absurdities of the the FairTax, therefore something must be wrong with any conflicting data."

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Say_that_again 2 years, 4 months ago

HOW FUNNY IT IS! We have so many that can't accept facts - so the bearer of the facts must be a leftist or socialist. We have Fedupwliberalliars, whose name implies he loves the conservative liars! Then he proceeds to lie himself. Though I believe he thinks its the truth. Let me help him with the simplicity of the math that he fails after claiming that "16 year old grocery boy could recognize 30 years ago" (do you think they were smarter then?) The Fairtax is an inclusive tax. Using the 23% rate for an inclusive tax means that 23 cents of every dollar is tax. That leaves 77 cents as the pretax cost of the goods. to get the percentage of tax, simply calculate 23 divided by 77, the answer is 29.87percent. Lets all do some homework. Find the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Calculate 30% of the GDP and compare it to the revenue from taxes in the same year. While comparing, note that the GDP not only includes all products and services that would be taxed, it also includes some services that would not be taxed. The number would also be higher than net tax under Fairtax collected since it does deduct for prebates. I did and discovered that revenue would definitely drop, even if prebates were not given. I am amused bu Fairtax dreamers that think everybody can pay lower taxes and yet revenues would remain constant. Come on, conservatives, give me some more laughs.

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bobby8859 2 years, 4 months ago

Our Representative, Rob Woodall, says “save America, pass the FairTax.” He's kidding, right? He doesn't want us to face another April 15 ever again. He would rather have us face tax day every day of the year. As in when we scrape up our last dollar to buy a little toy for our child and then have to pull out an additional 23-28 cents to pay his FairTax. In case you missed the math, this means you will pay at a 23-28% tax level on most everything you purchase. Who will be impacted the most? The Rich? I don't think so. Each of us spends a specific percentage of our income on purchasing whatever we call essential. For the poor and the middle class, this percentage can be extremely high. For the wealthy, this percentage is much lower; thus, they have incredibly more non-taxed resources to invest and reap the benefits. Will manufacturing companies spend 28% on everything they purchase – especially, those paying no taxes today?

I agree our tax system is out of control and needs to be repaired. Rep. Woodall continues to use the politics of fear to scare us into supporting a plan that benefits the wealthiest of Americans. In case he is not listening, a vast majority of Americans do not accept this approach. His FairTax is nothing more than a FearTax!

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Hopeful 2 years, 4 months ago

I was wondering how someone like Mitt Rommey was fair from such a system. Using his 2010 information, he had $21,646,507 in adjusted gross income. Assuming he expensed 25% of his income for taxable goods & services or $5,411,627 (probably on the high side for such a "conservative"), he would have paid $1,244,674 in Federal sales tax. That would amount to an effective tax rate of less than 6%. Would that be fair?

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