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Americans Say the Sales Tax is the Fairest of Taxes

A survey of 1,000 Americans, published last month by Rasmussen Reports (tm) and conducted September 6 - 7, reported:

"Even as the fight over charging sales tax for online retailers ensues in Congress, Americans still think sales tax is the most fair type of tax they pay. But they’re nearly as likely to see income tax as both the most (and least) fair type of tax today.

"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 39% of American Adults, when given four chief types of taxation, view a sales tax as the one that is most fair. Thirty percent (30%) rate an income tax as fairest, while eight percent (8%) feel that way about property taxes and 5% consider a payroll tax the most fair. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided."

Sales taxes seem little more than the state version of the FairTax. For more information about the FairTax, visit the FairTax.org website.

FairTax legislation, S.18, has been sponsored in the 115th Congress (2017-2018) by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), and currently has four co-sponsors. In the House, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Georgia), has sponsored FairTax legislation, H.R. 25, and currently has 45 co-sponsors.

Dan Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, explains the flat tax in this April 2010 U.S. News & World Report article. A brief, seven-page guide to the flat tax, authored by Mitchell, is available at the Heritage Foundation.

With tax cutting and tax reform legislation about to be the major focus of Congress, Growls readers are encouraged to take a few minutes to write or call their Congressional representatives. Tell them about the Rasmussen survey, and what you think about a flat tax and/or the FairTax. Contact information is available at the Library of Congress' Congress.gov. Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County can contact:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
  • Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376

And ask for a written response. And tell them ACTA sent you.

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