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Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS Hardcover – July, 2005
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File your taxes on a postcard?
Guess again, says Steve Forbes, in his important new book Flat Tax Revolution. In fact, countries around the world have freed their taxpayers to do just thatand we can too with a simple flat tax that will slash tax rates, spur economic growth, and put the IRS out of business.
In Flat Tax Revolution youll learn:
· How a simple 17 percent flat tax will save you time, money, and worry
· Why the Flat Tax will eliminate the IRS, its bureaucrats, its paperwork, its nightmares, and its hassles
· Why the Flat Tax will create jobs, and bring back ones weve lost overseas
· How other countries are already reaping the benefits of a flat tax system
· How the flat tax will stop special interests getting tax breaks at your expense
· How the flat tax will eliminate shady accounting in business (something that our current tax system encourages)
· Why the Forbes Flat Tax is also a tax cut
· What you can do to make the Flat Tax a reality
As Steve Forbes shows, the Flat Tax shouldnt be a partisan issueit should be a taxpayer issue. And you can make it happen.
What are you waiting for? Buy this book and join the crusade!
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I have another suggestion that I believe would simplify our paying and collecting of taxes. What if the IRS created a website/software that allowed us to calculate our taxes? This may be coming from my computer science side, but think about it. It would give us one single location to determine our correct tax amount that followed the tax code. It would already have all of the data already collected by the IRS that was sent in by our employers and financial institutions. So, really a lot of the calculations would already be completed. We would just have to enter in any other income, deductions, or credits into the system. Sure we would have to worry about the possibility for tampering with the system and determine how those without access would file, but I think it could definitely save me time I spend on my taxes. Yes, it would get a fight from any number of tax preparation companies, but they are going to get hurt by any good change in the tax code anyway.
Paulo G Batista
People may have honest disagreements as to the "best" way to fix the tax code, but few I speak with and/or read offer much in the way of argument that it does not need fixing. The Flat Tax Revolution is a well written and lively documentary of a very dry, and (yes) oppressive subject; and it is a work that does not merely criticise and offer scant or poorly considered solutions, but rather substantive and detailed protocols for saving us all from the Frankenstein our legislators have created and with which they continue to tinker.
Steve is a most serious student (perhaps now professor) of economics, American culture, and world history. While one may not agree with every position or interpretation he promotes, you are only limiting the scope of your own wisdom and understanding to the extent that for any reason you do not read this book. Some reviewers I have read have suggested, disengenuosly and erroneosly in my opinion, that his motivation in writing the book was merely financial, and that his views on the topic are, at best, self-serving and not in the leaast sincere.
Were that truly the case, Steve would never have consumed the substantial funds he did in pursuit of the presidency and continued to advocate in many forms and venues those beliefs, such as the flat tax, which formed the basis of his candidacy. Steve Forbes is a font of formidable thought and creative ideas in a country and culture whose typical elected officials seem to specialize in demonstrating their lack of the necessary courage, sufficient character, or perhaps merely the essential capability to express either.
Do yourself, and perhaps your country, a favor by reading this book, sharing it with others, and communicating its wisdom to your elected respresentative(s).