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		by: Clark Walter		7/12/97

     Hopefully, the American people will soon recognize that Constitutional
Amendment XVI was an even bigger mistake than the Prohibition Amendment. 
The record of the past fifty years provides ample evidence that the
Federal income tax has damaged our economic system more than we can
possibly imagine. 

Here are the reasons why the income tax should be replaced with a national
retail sales tax: 

I.     The cost of collecting the Federal income tax is estimated to exceed
$100 billion per year or about 13.4 percent of what is collected. 

II.    Nobody knows how many tax dollars are uncollected simply because the
income is not reported.  Rough estimates are that it represents a loss of
$3.25 billion tax dollars annually. 

III.   The income tax empowers the Federal government to invade our privacy
to an unjustifiable degree. 

IV.    The income tax has empowered the government to make economic decisions
which are better made by the individual citizens. 

V.     The income tax has been misused to transfer money and power from one
group of citizens to another.  Society as a whole is obligated to help the
needy, not one class of citizens more than another. 

VI.    The income tax has created an environment which encourages 

VII.   The income tax has divided our society into classes.  Those people who
have proven their superior ability to make correct economic decisions are
limited in their opportunity to do so because such large portions of their
income are transferred to the government.  Over taxing the wealthy only
reduces the amount of capital which can be invest to create new products,
jobs and services. 

VIII.  The income tax has corrupted our political processes.  It encourages
political contributions, sometimes to both parties by the same donor, in
order to gain favorable tax legislation and regulatory favors.  The answer
to reforming campaign finances and rooting out other corruption lies in
removing from government its ability to favor one group or class over

IX.    The income tax levied on companies is a myth.  All companies must pass
on their income taxes to be paid for by the purchasers of their goods and

X.     The income tax imposes an extra burden on retirees.  While an annual
inflation rate of 2 percent may not seem like much, in 10 years it adds up
to more than a 20% loss of purchasing power. 

A national sales tax will overcome most of the problems mentioned above.

     Most states already collect sales taxes and retailers are geared up
to collect them.  The states will simply transmit to Washington the sales
taxes they collect, minus a small percentage to compensate them for the
slight clerical work required. 
     Since the government will no longer need information about us as
individuals, all the IRS records could and should be destroyed, except for
those cases which are being litigated. 
     Cheating on sales taxes is much less likely than on income taxes and
compliance costs will be greatly reduced. 
     The only objection to a sales tax seems to be that it is regressive. 
A 15 percent sales tax levied on all retail goods and services, except
food and drugs plus higher rates on the purchase of luxury goods would be
one way to offset regressivity.  Computer technology offers other ways to
fine tune the tax exemptions.  The more we buy the more taxes we pay. 
What could be more fair than that? 
     Imagine the thrill every jobholder will experience.  Every dollar
that is now being withheld will be theirs to save or spend as they wish. 


Submitted by Clark Walter, Treasurer of The Libertarian Party of Buncombe County
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on 7/12/97
Copyright Clark Walter. 
Re-published by permission of the author.

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