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|Subject: Re: FairTax||Date: 9/29/2012 11:49 AM|
|Author: TMFPMarti||Number: 116720 of 122521|
I wonder if a flat tax would stimulate a black market?
Any tax system will have those who find a way to work around it. Such is the nature of the beast.
I see one impediment and one reasoning flaw with what's commonly called "flat tax." BTW, since this disussion began with a reference to the "Fair Tax," we should note that there's no relationship between that and a flat tax, which is still income based.
The impediment you've already mentioned. Everyone's idea of a flat tax is "flat except for [adjustments which benefit the speaker]." Teamed up with "money is speech" and the resulting enormous clout of affected groups (can you say "real estate lobby"?), it's a long row to hoe.
The flaw is that people think a flat tax would be simple. They don't realize that the vast majority of the current law is devoted to defining income. Any income-based system is going to retain some level of complexity unless you go to a tax on gross receipts.
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