In its September 2013 issue “Verdict,” Judicial Watch reported, “The nation’s tax-collecting agency stonewalled the tax-exempt applications of ‘Tea Party’-type organizations, subjected conservative organizations to unnecessary and abusive audits, leaked confidential tax information from IRS files and attacked conservative donors.

“This unprecedented level of politicization inside the supposedly non-political federal agency had a singular purpose: to suppress the Tea Party and other critics of the Obama administration during Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.”

In a Washington Times article dated 8-29-13, lawyer Cleta Mitchell said, “This is tantamount to an audit. This is the continuation of the same thing they’ve been doing for four years. They have not stopped. Tea Party Patriots has responded to all of the requests of the IRS to date, but that has gotten us nowhere.”

What of the American Legion? The Wall Street Journal reported that American Legion Posts are being fined $1,000 per day for not having documents.

“As former military members, the one thing we know how to do is follow regulations,” said Louis Celli, national legislative director for the American Legion. “The inspection manual they give to inspectors tells them to look for documents that we’re not told to maintain in the first place.”

Help us eliminate the IRS by passing the FairTax. Recent positive developments for the FairTax include: all of Alaska’s and all of Kansas’ federal legislators have signed on as co-sponsors of The FairTax Act of 2013. The House bill is H. R. 25 while the Senate bill is S. 122. Rep. Bridenstine (R-OK) recently held a town hall meeting where 1,300 FairTax supporters rallied for his speech on tax reform. South Carolina hopes to pass Bill 3116, a state FairTax Act. NC state senator Bob Rucho said, “We’ll go to zero with the income tax.”

Best regards.

Al Ose, Wisconsin Rapids

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YANKEE
YANKEE

Sorry AL, but you bought the big lie!

The FT does NOT truly, meaningfully get rid of the IRS.

The NEW IRS can and will in all likelihood be more invasive than the old IRS.

State FT's are a wholly different ball game than a FEDERAL FT.

The fact that AK's ONLY Rep. and all of KS's Rep's have signed as Co-Sponsors means NOTHING! After 15 years there are only 70 in the House and many of them have no clue of what's in the bill - they are just signing up to quiet the militant FT'ers in KS.

F Walker
F Walker

The Fair Tax Bill HR:25 will not “abolish” the IRS. It will “abolish” the IRS as we know it today!

The IRS could, and I believe will be many magnitudes smaller under the HR:25 Fair Tax model. This is not an assured fact; however it would seem to be a logical conclusion.

Invasive audits will not be applied to Citizens or Businesses as a result of the passage of HR:25. The average Citizen making purchases of goods and services will never interface with the IRS. I have never met a Citizen who has been audited by the IRS at a State or Federal level over payment of a current sales tax. You pay the tax at the point of sale and thats it!

Your conclusion that they have “no clue” or that they are “ signing up to quiet the militant FT'ers in KS.” is only your opinion, your opinion is your opinion and you are welcome to express it. Don't expect people to conclude your opinions are fact. Belittling a State, its Citizens, Representatives or Senators because they support HR:25 does not improve your position.

YANKEE
YANKEE

You say "the average citizen will never interface with the IRS" - BIG LIE.

FT Sec 101(d) says that buyers are liable for FT (like any S/L USE tax) and gives the NEW IRS (STAA) the legal right to audit BUYERS!

F Walker
F Walker

The Fair Tax Bill HR:25 will not “abolish” the IRS. It will “abolish” the IRS as we know it today!
The IRS could, and I believe will be many magnitudes smaller under the HR:25 Fair Tax model. This is not an assured fact; however it would seem to be a logical conclusion.
Invasive audits will not be applied to Citizens or Businesses as a result of the passage of HR:25. The average Citizen making purchases of goods and services will never interface with the IRS. I have never met a Citizen who has been audited by the IRS at a State or Federal level over payment of a current sales tax. You pay the tax at the point of sale and thats it! In the case of a business possible audits would be much less evasive! As long as the business-to-business transactions were completed using double ended accounting practices any audit would be a simple act of following the flow of money to the retailer who would be responsible for collecting the tax.

YANKEE
YANKEE

Reply to what F Walker

The NEW IRS will like be LARGER than today's IRS (including both federal and State employees who are working under the direction of FEDERAL employees enforcing the FT, a FEDERAL law.

Walker ignores FT Sec 101(d) which opens the door to the NEW IRS auditing buyers.

Walker does not understand that there is NO current FEDERAL sales tax, which explains why he has not been audited for sales tax by a FEDERAL agent.

Walker is ignorant of S/L USE taxes which supplement S/L sales taxes which USE taxes are NOT paid at the point of sales. States generally don't audit these but when the sales tax becomes the FED govt's sole revenue, they MUST audit buyers to stem the huge loss due to FT evasion.

I spoke with US Rep's - their knowledge of the bill is virtually non-existent. Some have said, they signed on to gain favors or to quiet passionate constituents - KS seems to have a lot
of overly aggressive FT'ers. I try to supply facts, realities for their passion.

YANKEE
YANKEE

Reply to Walker,

The NEW IRS will likely have MORE employees (FED + State agents working under the direction of the FED. enforcing the FT, a FED law.

Walker is ignorant of Sec. 101(d) which enables NEW IRS to audit BUYERS.

Walker hasn't seen a FED sals tax audit - because there is NO Fed dales tax.

Walker is ignorant of S/L USE taxes. While States usually don't audit these, the FED will have to when the FT is its sole source of revenue, because evasion will run rampant.

US Rep's have revealed they know virtually NOTHING about FT, or that they signed-on solely to gain favors or simply appease over-zealous constituents. I do not belittle KS, but note that I have heard several over-zealous FT'ers in KS and say they need to learn some very disturbing truths about the FT - I am amazed at how many people like the FT without understanding it. It is sold with much superficiality. However, my experience is that once I explain a few things, they change their minds (

Jefferson
Jefferson

F Walker, don't bother to reply to YANKEE. He is an anti Fair Tax fanatic. All you have to do is go to Google News and do a search on Fair Tax. You will see he is registering with each site and spamming the same thing. It seems he is paranoid that HR 25 may pass and has something to lose.

YANKEE - If you won't read any of the published economic material, read the book Who Moved My Cheese.

YANKEE
YANKEE

Jefferson - but more importantly all of you who are open-minded,

I am anti-Ft ONLY as a result of hundreds of hours of professional analysis (your MD is not a fanatic if he must tell you you have cancer),

I have NOTHING to lose. I fight back against FT hit air whereever I can.

Jefferson has failed to answer a single substantive objection I raise - all he and his fellow FT-fanatics can do is rant & rave, insult and denigrate. Pay attention to SUBSTANTIVE, FACTUAL arguments ONLY.

YANKEE
YANKEE

To those with open minds,

The FT is conducting a national spam campaign of writing Letters to the Editor to blow their smoke out to as many people as possible.

Those of us who have studied the subject and understand how it really works and what it really accomplishes, are merely trying to clear up the fog the FT is laying down, using research and analysis, facts and figures.

YANKEE
YANKEE

The “Fair Tax” is a Fraud:

This is from a retired CPA, with no financial interest in ANY tax system.

The so-called “Fair Tax” (“FT”) is a fraud – it is Karl Marx on steroids AND a Bernie Madoff financial scam.

In their own words, FT proudly advertises that it INCREASES WELFARE via its Prebate.
The FT hits us with a 40-70% in-your-face retail sales tax that would spark a taxpayer rebellion that would destroy our 70% retail-sales-sensitive economy. 40% = 30% FT + e.g., 10% State sale sales tax and 70% is the rate needed at a sample 30% FT evasion rate (the FT incredibly assumes ZERO evasion and ZERO intentional reduction in spending).

IN ADDITION to that 40-70% tax, the FT contains several HIDDEN TAXES.

The NEW IRS will be far worse, far more invasive than today’s IRS – we may well have to file an “Annual FT Summary”.

We may well wind up with BOTH a NEW Income Tax AND the FT.


YANKEE
YANKEE

What we need is a 10% Tithe!

What we need is a Flat Income Tax with No Deductions, No Exemptions, No Credits and a 10% rate, with business income calculated on a very simple basis taxed to shareholders (i.e., no Corporate Income Tax)

Neutron
Neutron

There are so many flaws in the 'FairTax' that its not even funny.
Here's a big one: The FairTaxers claim that prices across the board will lower by about 20% or more, due to the elimination of embedded taxes (in the costs of raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, etc.)
They don't take into account that perhaps of the majority of goods sold here in the USA are MADE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. There are no embedded taxes in anything that comes from China.
A small percentage of an import's retail price does indeed include US embedded taxes, but it's a very small percent.
I'm sure I'll get personally attacked and told that I don't fully understand the 'FairTax' (that's the way the pro FT zealots operate), but believe me, I've read up on it and understand it well enough. YANKEE is right on the money with his criticisms (although I don't agree with his 10% tithe idea, I respect his opinion).

YANKEE
YANKEE

Neutron,

Thank you.

I am amazed how many supposedly knowledgeable Senior FT marketers continue to sell the 22% reduction and 23% (tax-inclusive, really 30% to the rest of us), and supposedly produces the same prices as before the FT.

That is, because the economist paid by AFFT (Harvard Prof. Dale Jorgenson) who originally said that later changed it to say that, in effect, that the MAX reduction would be only 7%. A very senior AFFT economist (Karen Walby) acknowledge prices won't be the same and she concedes that prices will go up by 15% net (and that's only her claim - they will go up closer to the full 30%, IMHO).

YANKEE
YANKEE

Neutron,

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