What America needs is 30% Federal sales tax
Since the primary article for this news story appeared on the Bezos Post, you get to read it through an ABC affiliate:
Snopes fact-checks the news releases of this proposal and discovers them to be TRUE. I suppose we are not to worry, since it stands no chance of passing at this time -- but give it time.
At any rate, the New Republic has noticed:
Under the Fair Tax bill sponsored by Representative Buddy Carter, a Georgia Republican, all income, capital gains, estate, gift, corporate, and payroll taxes would be eliminated. They would be replaced by a flat 30 percent national sales tax on everything you buy.
So how would this national sales tax be enforced?
Actually, it eliminates the IRS entirely, leaving administration of his “fair tax” to magic elves at the Treasury Department who work for free (just as they do for Santa Claus).
Maybe it wouldn't, then. Or maybe they'll just use the military to administer it. They're Republicans, right? Strong defense y'know. I'm trying to imagine the police state that would be necessary to enforce a nationwide 30% sales tax (which might be especially interesting in those states where the sales tax is edging up to 10% already). I'm imagining clandestine networks in which everything is shared so as to avoid paying Federal sales tax.