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#1 The tax system is used for political/social purposes ...

#2 The rich and/or powerful will get the system altered to further their personal interests...

And you think that won't happen with a VAT or a system with zero deductions? It would be trivial for politicians to start fiddling with either system to accomplish some bit of social engineering, or to kowtow to the rich and/or powerful.

What items will be exempt from the VAT? Will there be different VAT rates on different items? How graduated are the tax rates? Will there be different tax rates on different kinds of income? Will there be some kind of standard deduction or a zero tax bracket? There are no deductions - well, except for X. ... And Y. ... And half of Z. ... But you only get Y if your income is under/over this amount.

--Peter <== who prefers the devil he knows to the devil he doesn't know.
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