Friday, April 15, 2011

A Truly Gorgeous Spring Day . . .

Romans 13:6-7 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Let's imagine for a moment that April 15th is just another glorious spring day. You have no forms to fill out and file, no checks to write, no midnight deadline at the post office, no threats of an audit from the IRS. Why? Because there is no IRS, yet the federal government is thriving, the deficit is shrinking dramatically, and private sector business is booming. Politicians have no more power to raise taxes on the so-called rich. Fewer people are dependent upon welfare and Medicaid because job opportunities abound. Trillions of dollars hidden overseas by corporations are flooding back to the United States, restoring our country to its former economic greatness. And, best of all, your paycheck is yours, ALL yours! Not one penny has been deducted from what you've honestly and rightfully earned. Are we still paying taxes? You bet we are, but we only do so when we purchase new goods or services.

Alright, I know what you're thinking: This sounds fantastic, but it could never really happen, could it? Think again. H.R. 25 has been slowly but surely gaining support in the House of Representatives since it was introduced by former Georgia legislator, John Linder. It calls for the abolition of the IRS and the implementation of a 23% federal sales tax on items you buy. It's called the Fair Tax and it is, I believe, our country's only hope of escaping the mountain of debt and crippling deficit we are fast accruing.


I invite you to visit the official website for the Fair Tax at www.fairtax.org for facts and figures that will astound you; but first, I'd like to share with you a few more of my favorite aspects of this tax reform not mentioned above:
  • There is around a 23% imbedded tax right now in everything you buy. You didn't think corporations actually pay taxes, did you? No! You pay the taxes for them in that 23%. Remove the imbedded taxes, replace with the Fair Tax at the same percentage, and you're breaking dead even.
  • Everyone who purchases any new good or service PAYS TAXES! This includes illegal and temporary residents, tourists from other nations, underground drug operators, cash-for-services cheats, and any persons who have previously evaded paying their taxes. Talk about fair!
  • Every American family, depending on size, receives what is called a "pre-bate" each month to assist with necessities such and food and medicine. Think the government might just be rolling in it under the Fair Tax?
  • Keeping your entire paycheck means that you have more buying and saving power. If you are a Clark Howard or a Dave Ramsay, you may discover that you're hardly paying any tax at all.
  • No death tax, no capital gains tax, no tax on your retirement savings, no payroll tax - no ANY tax you are currently paying.
  • Implementation of the Fair Tax would result in the largest transfer of power from the federal government back to the people where it belongs. Perhaps, then, as Romans 13:6 states, our elected officials could reclaim their rolls as God's servants of the people and not their puppeteers.
Have these perks peaked your interest in learning more about the Fair Tax? I certainly hope so. Visit the website and decide if this is something you wish to support. If so, find out if your Washington representatives and senators are on board; if they aren't, urge them to join the Fair Tax movement. I truly believe that passing the Fair Tax will be a win-win situation for the country now and in the generations to come. Can you imagine April 15th as simply another beautiful spring day?

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