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Will we ever get a flat tax?

There's always a lot of chatter about a federal flat tax...

Do you think it will ever happen?

Who do you think has more influence over our tax structure and/or tax reform, citizens or corporations?

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UpSheRises

Asked by UpSheRises at 3:36 PM on Feb. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Corporations easily!...and no....I dont think they will ever change that dramatically.,,,,
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:40 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Easily corporations. It also depends on the flat tax that is proposed. The ones that have been proposed, actually hurt the middle class. Their tax would go up while the wealthiest will go down.


     

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 4:22 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • A flat tax is inherently regressive. I do not think we will get one, nor do I think it is the best thing for our country.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 4:23 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • A flat tax is inherently regressive. I do not think we will get one, nor do I think it is the best thing for our country.


    Answer by stacymomof2


    How is it regressive? What if it was a flat national sales tax instead of an income tax?

    UpSheRises

    Comment by UpSheRises (original poster) at 4:26 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • To legitimately discuss a Flat Tax or Fair Tax, ALL politicians must be willing to give up the strangle hold they have over the American People compliments of the IRS. I don't see politicians letting go. I think we could have an opportunity to take a serious look at it, if we reduced the progressive from the political equation. Progressives thrive off of the IRS.  Who has more influence?  Politicians.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:38 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • A flat national sale tax is the same way. The middle class spends most of their income to live, and it would all be subject to a tax, where a wealthy person doesn't need to spend a large percent of their income. if you are wealthy you could buy your fancy products overseas and avoid the tax all together. It would be hard to enforce because there could be a lot of back room deals on high ticketed items, that the wealthy could purchase

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 4:42 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • How is it regressive? What if it was a flat national sales tax instead of an income tax?
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    Because the poorest people spend their entire income on the necessities of life. So people will be paying taxes on groceries for their family, while people with more income will be taking home tax free money that they are able to use to make more tax free money. That goes for sales tax and income. The poorest people would be paying a very high rate as a percentage of their income. It is simple math.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 4:45 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Only as a sales tax. Corporations and Wall Street have the biggest say on tax policy, they spend many millions on lobbying and political contributions. Ordinary citizens don't stand a chance
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 5:13 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • It would insure that everyone is paying for their government instead of a few paying for the government for all. I hope it passes. We would have no more tax returns and no more IRS! All would be phased out. No tax evaders, no criminals leaching off the system for tax evasion. If you buy, you pay.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:53 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • if you are wealthy you could buy your fancy products overseas and avoid the tax all together. It would be hard to enforce because there could be a lot of back room deals on high ticketed items, that the wealthy could purchase


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    There are several states here in the US that do not charge Sales Tax--NH and FL that I know of, and so there is nothing wrong with purchasing your "fancy products" in those states and using them in your home state. The OTHER thing wealthy people like DEMOCRAT John Kerry does, is purchase their high priced luxury items, like a custom built yacht from NEW ZEALAND, and then moor it, NOT in Nantucket, Mass, where he has a vacation home, but in Rhode Island, to avoid paying the luxury sales tax!!

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:04 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

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