Americans For Fair Taxation

Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT), also known as FairTax.org, states it is the United States' largest, single-issue grassroots organization dedicated to fundamental tax code replacement.Fair Tax Act" (USBill|110|HR|25/USBill|110|S|1025) enacted in the United States; a plan to replace all federal payroll and income taxes (both corporate and personal) with a national retail sales tax and monthly tax "prebate" to households of citizens and legal resident aliens. Americans for Fair Taxation state they subscribe to the ideals of simplicity, fairness, and freedom which they believe are embodied in the FairTax.cite book | first=Al | last=Ose | year=2002 | title=America's Best Kept Secret Fairtax: Give Yourself a 25% Raise | edition=Paperback | publisher=Authorhouse | id=ISBN 1-4033-9189-0 ] cite web| url=http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/06/pf/taxes/consumptiontax_0510/| last=Regnier| first=Pat| title=Just how fair is the FairTax?| work=| publisher=Money Magazine| date=2005-09-07| accessdate=2006-07-20] The organization claims to have signed up over 800,000 supporters.cite news | publisher=National Review Online | url=http://nrd.nationalreview.com/article/?q=MDEwNzgzMGM4ODhkZWFlZGRlYWVhYWE4MmMxMTNlMmI= | last=Hemingway |first=Mark | title=Comes the FairTax | date=2009-09-24 | accessdate=2007-09-27]

History

AFFT was founded in 1994 by three Houston businessmen, Jack Trotter, Bob McNair, and Leo Linbeck, who each pledged $1.5 million as seed money to hire tax experts to identify what they perceived as faults with the current tax system, to determine what American citizens would like to see in tax reform, and then to design the best system of taxation. The three went on to raise an additional $17 million to fund focus groups with citizens around the country and tax policy studies.

Some of the experts funded include:

*Professors David Burton and Dan Mastromarco, University of Maryland and The Argus Group
*Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston University
*Stephen Moore, The Cato Institute
*Professor Dale Jorgenson, Harvard University
*Bill Beach (economist), the Heritage Foundation
*Jim Poterba, The National Bureau of Economic Research
*Professor George Zodrow, Rice University and the Baker Institute for Public Policy
*Professor Joseph Kahn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Criticisms

Some have criticized Americans For Fair Taxation for the way that they present the FairTax plan. The most common critique is the presented FairTax rate of a 23% sales tax on the total transaction value of new retail goods and services purchases; consumers pay to the government 23 cents of every dollar spent (sometimes called "tax inclusive").cite book | first=Neal | last=Boortz | coauthors=Linder, John | year=2006 | title=The Fair Tax Book | edition=Paperback | publisher=Regan Books | id=ISBN 0-06-087549-6 ] However, American sales taxes have historically been expressed as a percentage of the original sale price (sometimes called "tax exclusive") or a 30% FairTax rate; items priced at $100 pre-tax cost $130 with the tax added.cite web| url=http://www.mises.org/story/1975| last=Vance| first=Laurence| title=There is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax| work=| publisher=Ludwig von Mises Institute| date=2005-12-12| accessdate=2006-07-20] The use of the tax inclusive number in presenting the rate has been criticized as deceptive and by some as a "lie". However, AFFT argues that the 23% number represents a better comparison to income tax rates. If you are in a 25% income tax bracket, you will pay $25 in federal income taxes out every $100 you earn. With the 23% FairTax, you would pay $23 in taxes out of every $100 you spend. This is also how the legislation is written - as an inclusive tax.cite web| last=Linder| first=John| title=H.R. 25: Fair Tax Act of 2007| work=govtrack.us| publisher=110th U.S. Congress| date=2007-01-04| url=http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-25| accessdate=2006-01-16]

Bruce Bartlett has charged that the FairTax was originally devised by the Church of Scientology in the early 1990s as a way to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service. [cite web|url=http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110010523 | title=Fair Tax, Flawed Tax| publisher=Wall Street Journal | date=2007-08-26| accessdate=2007-08-30 |last=Bartlett |first=Bruce] Representative John Linder told the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution" that Bartlett confused the FairTax movement with the Scientology-affiliated Citizens for an Alternative Tax System. [cite web| url=http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/entries/2007/08/28/on_john_linder_and_scientology.html | title=On John Linder and Scientology| publisher=The Atlanta Journal-Constitution| date=2007-08-28| accessdate=2007-08-30 |last=Galloway |first=Jim] Leo Linbeck, AFFT Chairman and CEO, stated "As a founder of Americans For Fair Taxation, I can state categorically, however, that Scientology played no role in the founding, research or crafting of the legislation giving expression to the FairTax."cite web|url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118835673922011955.html| title=Be Fair to FairTax -- Throw the Red Herrings Back in the Water| publisher=Wall Street Journal|last=Linbeck| first=Leo| date=2007-08-29|accessdate=2007-09-02]

ee also

*FairTax
*Americans for Tax Reform
*Citizens for an Alternative Tax System
*Citizens for Tax Justice
*National Taxpayers Union
*Tax Foundation

Notes

External links

* [http://www.fairtax.org Official site]
* [http://www.FairTaxGroups.com Subnational groups]
* [http://www.FairTaxCalculator.org FairTax Calculator]


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