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The National Sales Tax vs The Income Tax Only days after the last elections for Congress in November of 1994 Congressman Bill Archer declared his strong desire to tear out the income tax by its roots After that Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole formed a commission to consider new alternatives to the income tax That lead to more than a half dozen congressional panels holding hearings on that subject So there is no longer a question of whether the income tax system will be replaced or not the question now is what should it be replaced with Well a national sales tax is an option that cannot be ignored even though it may not be the best solution The case for a national sales tax begins with one greatly appealing line It will allow us to completely eliminate the income tax possibly even repealing the 16th Amendment an amendment that authorized the income tax and made it a part of the government in the first place However the change would come at a cost greater than seems fair we would give up the income tax for a sales tax system that is more bothersome and pervasive If the government sets out to collect a new tax at the register when something is bought it will then have to extend that tax beyond the retailer to every single layer of production as well The government would absolutely have to do this because a great amount of tax evasion would certainly take place Soon enough the national sales tax would become a very complex multi-rate value-added tax or VAT To generate enough revenue by taxing goods at the retail level only a sales tax of at least 20 percent would have to be put into place Suddenly consumers will be seeing that everything they buy has been increased in price by that 20 percent However the people will not want to pay that high
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