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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-14-11 12:10 AM
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21. And This Here Tortoise Is an Insect, Sir....
Edited on Thu Jul-14-11 12:12 AM by The Magistrate
Even were one to take this desperate wheeze at face value, all you do is shift costs of collection over onto retail outlets, and providers of services, who must collect at point of sale the tax, segregate it, keep records of it, and pay it over. As a point of practical fact, most already have to do this for local taxes, and so you are imposing yet another burden on top of an existing one. You are also opening serious possibilities of fraud and evasion that would require serious policing; there is good deal of fraud and cheating that goes on with the collection of local sales taxes, and the same would occur with a federal level. One of the most charming bits of nonesense people trot out about this sort of thing is that it would abolish the Internal Revenue Service; in fact, it would open the books of every retail enterprise in the country to inspection and auditing of its books on a daily basis by a veritable army of sworn enforcement officers, and necessarily so, unless tremendous sums were to be simply forgone through tolerated theft.

You are talking nonesense, and nonesense whose sole purpose is to reduce even further the proportion of taxes paid by the wealthiest levels of society.
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