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  •  Delete the IRS (0+ / 0-)

    We should take this new age of privacy invasion seriously enough that we should replace the IRS and its detailed reporting/recordkeeping with a simple sales tax. Exclude all necessities, including groceries, the zipcode's bottom 20%ile rent/mortgage and the amount of utilities on those homes, public transit, public education, minimum healthcare under ACA, etc. Equity sales 50% and under taxed at 0.1% until 50% is exceeded when full tax is paid by the new owner. A few hundred thousand businesses pay and report to the government, shut down when they fail, rather than a few hundred million individuals.

    Even Social Security taxes could be a sales tax on the cost when labor is sold.

    Not only would the private transaction details be safer, but taxes would be fair and could actually pay for the entire government budget.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 07:44:28 PM PST

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    •  A wealth tax leaves no chance of regressiveness. (0+ / 0-)

      Any tax creates potential privacy concerns. Businesses and our interactions with them are no less susceptible to invasions of privacy.

      We could make the income tax similarly simple by relying on employer reporting of income alone and destroying all of the deductions and loopholes. But taxing work makes a lot less sense than taxing idle wealth.

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 06:48:09 AM PST

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      •  Idle Wealth (0+ / 0-)

        When you tax assets instead of income you prevent people from retiring once they've made enough to be self sufficient.

        Sales taxes invade the seller's privacy to the extent of tracking their inventories. No information about the buyer is necessary.

        Income is an arbitrary basis for taxation. Sales tax actually collects from people proportional to how much they materially benefit from the society paid for by their taxes. And enforcing it on the much smaller number of businesses than individuals, businesses much easier to fine or shut down than individuals, businesses already keeping those records for their own existence, is a much less burdensome or error prone practice than income tax reporting on hundreds of millions of individuals about half of whom already don't owe taxes.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Thu Dec 26, 2013 at 08:28:48 AM PST

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