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Republican members of Congress are moving forward with a proposal to replace the federal income, payroll, and estate taxes with a single national sales tax, simultaneously abolishing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The bill, known as The Fair Tax Act was introduced by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA).

If enacted the bill would replace the front-loaded taxes with a 23% national sales tax collected by the states which already collect their own sales tax and directly by the Treasury for those which do not.

The proposed legislation begins in part by describing the deficiencies in the present system of federal income tax, in a truly scathing fashion.

“Congress finds the Federal income tax retards economic growth and has reduced the standard of living of the American public; impedes the international competitiveness of United States industry; reduces savings and investment in the United States by taxing income multiple times; slows the capital formation necessary for real wages to steadily increase; lowers productivity; imposes unacceptable and unnecessary administrative and compliance costs on individual and business taxpayers; is unfair and inequitable; unnecessarily intrudes upon the privacy and civil rights of United States citizens; hides the true cost of government by embedding taxes in the costs of everything Americans buy; is not being complied with at satisfactory levels and therefore raises the tax burden on law abiding citizens; and impedes upward social mobility.”

According to The Daily Wire, a similar piece of legislation was first proposed in 1996 by former Congressman John Linder. The bill has reportedly been cosponsored by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) as well as Reps. Bob Good (R-VA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Kat Cammack (R-FL).


In a Congressional press release Duncan explained, “As a former small business owner, I understand the unnecessary burden our failing income tax system has on Americans.”

He added, “The Fair Tax Act eliminates the tax code, replaces the income tax with a sales tax, and abolishes the abusive Internal Revenue Service. If enacted, this will invigorate the American taxpayer and help more Americans achieve the American Dream.”

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) were quick to lambast the proposal in a full-throated, histrionic press conference that had even establishment reporters asking why such a response was warranted. Democrats control both the Senate and presidency and will assuredly kill the bill even if it does survive a House floor vote.

Both Schumer and Jeffries used the occasion to paint the “Right-wing MAGA Republicans” as “extreme,” “crazy,” and “out there.”

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Jeffries stressed a “need to expose the extremism” of the “extreme MAGA Republicans.” Schumer noted,

“I think it’s very important for the American people to see how extreme the Republican party has become.”

Congressman Carter responded by tweeting, “Democrats are losing their minds lying about my proposal to eliminate income taxes. What are they so afraid of? Americans don’t want to pay more taxes!”

As reported in The Washington Times, Carter stated that Democrats are misrepresenting the bill and “fear-mongering,” explaining that the critics are working to complicate a simple bill that would give citizens more direct control over how much they pay the government in taxes, by simply controlling consumption.

“Let’s face it, people don’t like paying taxes,” he said according to the Times. “But if they’re going to pay taxes, they would much rather pay a consumption tax. You can control what you want to pay, if you’re going to buy a boat you’re going to pay taxes, if you don’t want to pay taxes then don’t buy the boat.”

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