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Traficant irs3 { April 15 1999 }

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Subj: NewsPage: Rep James Traficant NRST News Release
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Washington, D.C. (April 15, 1999) U.S. Reps. James A. Traficant, Jr. (DOH) and Billy Tauzin (RLA) today introduced legislation to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and federal income tax, replacing them with a 15 percent national retail sales tax. At a press conference and rally held on Capitol Hill this afternoon Traficant issued the following statement:

"First of all, I want to thank former Congressman Dan Schaefer of Colorado who spearheaded this effort in the last Congress with Billy Tauzin. I am honored to follow in his footsteps. I'm also thrilled and excited to be working with my good friend, Billy Tauzin. For years I advocated a flat tax coupled with a small consumption tax. Dan Schaefer and Billy Tauzin, through their powerful and logical arguments, convinced me that the National Retail Sales Act is the best plan, by far, to reform the way in which the federal government collects revenue. It's also the best plan to ensure America's economic future.

[Last year the President signed a major IRS reform bill into law ... with two provisions I championed for 13 years .. shift the burden of proof in a civil tax case from taxpayer to IRS, ... a judge's order before IRS can seize family home.]

Despite all of this progress, we are still left with a tax system that, in my opinion, is broken beyond repair. I've come to realize that reforming the IRS and snipping at the margins of the income tax are not enough. The tax code is too complex. It penalizes achievement and investment. It rewards dependency and failure. The only way to ensure sustained economic growth in America is to abolish the income tax and the IRS, and replace it with a system that is simple and fair. That's why I decided to join Billy Tauzin in introducing the National Retail Sales Tax Act.

It's an excellent piece of legislation. We don't have all the answers. But we do have the detailed blueprint of a bold plan to dramatically reshape the way in which the federal government collects revenue. The question we are posing today is this: What is the least intrusive and most efficient way for the federal government to collect revenue?

The fact is, the American people already are paying a de facto national sales tax every time they make a purchase. Businesses pass on the cost of paying income taxes to consumers. In a very real sense, consumers are the ones who pay corporate income taxes not corporations.

The national sales tax will usher in a new era in which every American will know exactly how much in federal taxes they pay every year. It will usher in a new era in which the federal government will no longer penalize and discourage investment, entrepreneurship and saving. A new era in which businesses can shift the billions of dollars they spend every year on CPAs and tax lawyers into more productive uses uses that will generate American jobs.

To ensure that the basic necessities of life remain tax free, the Tauzin-Traficant bill provides every wage earner with a refund equal to the sales tax rate times the poverty level (adjusted for the number of dependents claimed) in every paycheck. As a result, every wage earner can consume up to the poverty level free of any federal taxes.

The basic test of any tax plan is the impact it will have on average American families. The Tauzin-Traficant plan passes this test with flying colors. Under the current system, a family of four earning $50,000 a year takes home about $3,437 a month. Under the National Retail Sales Act, that same family would take home $4,084 a month an increase of more than $647 a month.

We have a long road ahead of us. Today is the beginning of a long campaign to educate the American people about this bold plan. I am excited to be a part of it. I am convinced that once people examine how this plan will work, they will embrace it as the best way to unlock America's future economic potential. Most significantly, it is the best way to reorder the relationship between the American people and the federal government. To quote Rush Limbaugh,

The Internal Revenue Code is immoral, punitive and un-American. Our Founding Fathers created a beacon of freedom, a nation where government was to be the servant of the people, not the master.

I agree with that statement 100 percent! The National Retail Sales Act is a dramatic initiative to restore to our government the original vision of the Founding Fathers. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work!"

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