FairTax Alert!

With all the talk of fundamental tax reform permeating nearly every budget conversation these days in Washington, the FairTax is becoming more and more prevalent. Even more exciting to me is that in the midst of these discussions, the FairTax has gained its third co-sponsor in two weeks. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) gave their support last week, and now Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has announced that he will be joining our effort as a cosponsor of the FairTax as well; bringing FairTax support in the House up to 67, and support in the Senate up to 9. With all of the deficit debates happening, we need the voice of the FairTax to speak louder than ever. I am proud to have the support of Representatives Lewis, Hunter, and Hensarling.

Folks in Washington are just now catching on to what we have known for years – that our tax code is killing jobs and damaging America’s competitiveness in the global economy. Some want to close loopholes for oil and gas companies. Others talk about what a great idea a payroll tax holiday would be. What about closing every loop hole, subsidy, tax break, and special interest carve-out in our tax code completely? Why can’t we implement a permanent payroll tax holiday? We can – that is the promise of the FairTax.

On Friday, September 16, 2011, I sent a letter to Chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing body in Congress. In this letter, I urged them to consider a simple and straightforward consumption tax like the FairTax as they continue to debate how we should reform our mess of a tax code. I wanted to share this letter with you, and you can view the original text by clicking here.

There’s no question that Congress has to tackle our convoluted tax code sooner or later. There will be loud voices and competing ideas, but it is our job to make sure that the FairTax is well-represented in those conversations. I’m thrilled to have your continued support as I advocate on your behalf in Congress, and hope you will not hesitate to contact me if I may be of service to you.

Thank you again for your continued commitment to the FairTax and to freedom.

Sincerely,

Rob Woodall
Member of Congress

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18 comments on “FairTax Alert!
  1. I am a college student at Ivy Tech looking for additional information and thoughts of others concerning the Fair Tax program.

    Yes Congress has to do something sooner or later, but will they take the Fair Tax program seriously?

    • I see it as our goal to make sure they take it seriously. As you may very well know, they currently don’t. But the FairTax is picking up momentum… and co-sponsors.

      What are you planning to do with that website of yours?

    • I agree with this blog completely it is important that the facts about Fair Tax get spread so people can make informed decisions

  2. fairtaxer says:

    FairTax Guy ## did you see my email?

  3. I agree that the “Byzantine” tax codes have to go. I am interested in learning more about the tax plan alternatives, including the Fair Tax.

    However, I am finding it difficult to find any information on the effects on mortgages and property taxes. From what i have seen on other blogs and webpages, all of the information seems to concern the effects on individuals, corporations, state/local taxes, etc. Are the current tax plans being developed by the GOP presidential candidates supposed to ignore / remove the mortgage deduction? Are any considerations being made for property taxes? Any information you could provide me with would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Well, first, property taxes are handled at the local or state level, so the FairTax will not address those. As far as information on Mortgages go, you can find that information at:

    fairtax.org/homes

    If that doesn’t answer your questions, then let us know and we’ll see what we can do to get them answered.

  5. FairTax guy7 says:

    The first problem we need to fix is Congress, anything scum implements will not be good for the American people. Great ideas are brought about by great men, the old saying goes and when great men go to Congress they leave depressed. Fix Congress and the rest will fall in place.

    • I feel the FairTax will “fix Congress”. One major problem with Congress is that they are easily bought by lobbyists looking for tax breaks. The FairTax will eliminate those tax breaks, thus eliminating the need to have lobbyists soliciting our Congress.

      We the People of the United States of America should be the only people our Congress works for and the FairTax will ensure that.

      • Fair TaxGuy8 says:

        I can’t imagine that the fair tax could “fix congress” but it could be a stepping stone. Peoples greed will always find a way to cheat the system. The one thing I really like about the Fair Tax Act is that it makes the tax process easier to understand.

  6. I am a student at Ivy Tech and i believe a consumption tax seems to be an easy fix for our old system. We need reform and the sooner the better.

    • The FairTax is much more than just “reform”. The FairTax is a complete replacement of the tax system. But yes, it is an extremely easy fix that will shove a booster rocket up this country’s a$$ and get it working again.

  7. Agreed. According to Congress of course, god forbid anyone that makes over a million a year pay an equal amount or a bigger amount when they have the money to actually do it.

  8. I am a current student attending Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, IN we are studying the pros and cons of the fairtax.

    I agree with the thought of a permanent payroll tax holiday with the fair tax. This all starts with getting the law through congress.

    • Believe it or not, FairTax Guy 24, it all starts with you…and me, and all of our friends, and family. So far, the majority of Congress is opposed to the FairTax because they recognize it will take away the power that they have harnessed for so long now; the power of earning money by promising to give tax breaks to lobbyists.

      Since the FairTax eliminates the need for tax breaks, it eliminates the need to have anyone lobby for tax breaks. So, there are really two groups of people right there who are against the FairTax. Even though the FairTax would benefit them in the long-term, they can’t come to terms with the loss of that extra revenue that they’ve been stealing from American tax-payers.

      So, you can see how it is up to us (the tax-payer) to ensure that the Congressmen in our state/district know we need the FairTax. Congress works for us and they need to be reminded of that everyday.

  9. fairtax Guy6 says:

    I’m retired from the Military and I have paid taxes most of my life.
    The key to this is that I have pay taxes at least twice if not more
    on the things I buy after the government has taken taxes out of my pay check. I beleive that the fairtax would be better for us because we
    would not pay taxes on our retired pay and would receive the prebate as well. I would like to see more states getting in the fairtax arena.

    • Thank you for your service, FairTax Guy 6. I too am a Veteran (although not retired, unfortunately) and greatly appreciate what you’ve done to help this great nation. The FairTax is just one more way for us Vets to continue our fight for a greater nation.

  10. I’m currently a college student and studying the fair tax act, I don’t know all the ins and outs of it yet, but It sounds like a positive thing to me to bring home more on my weekly pay check. I like the idea of not having to pay taxes on used merchandise too. Something needs to change in our taxing structure that’s for sure, I’d like to see something change on property taxes as well.

  11. I believe alot of the problem rest on the shoulders of alot of WE the people of America for not using our brains and voting people into office that don’t belong there….. and now we are all stuck with the problem of trying to get them back out. If WE had voted in people that really new what they were doing we would not be having all the problems in our economy that we now have.

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