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David F Mayer
The personal exemption of perhaps $6000 per person
Thu May 14, 2009 3:34pm

would be so that poor people do not starve in order to pay their taxes. Since it is the same for everybody, and it affects ONLY the poor significantly, it would be a requirement for a tax code that permitted people to afford food.

  • Indeed....Sprout, Thu May 14 7:43am
    But, you have proposed a TOTAL revamping of the tax code.... Why would that exemption remain? What the 'fair tax plan' also proposed is a total revamping of the tax code. Why assume that such an... more
    • The personal exemption of perhaps $6000 per person — David F Mayer, Thu May 14 3:34pm
      • I agree....Sprout, Thu May 14 9:23pm
        Which is why the 'fair tax plan' provides a rebate (called a pre-bate) that is paid to each individual. This returns to each individaul the amount of taxes that they spend on the basic essentials...... more
        • I prefer income tax to sales tax.David F Mayer, Thu May 14 9:38pm
          Sales tax hits everybody. Income tax hits people only when they have income. Retirees, unemployed persons, etc, etc, would not pay any income taxes, but WOULD pay sales taxes. I say, pay it when you... more
          • Likewise.Poppet, Fri May 15 9:19am
            Sales Taxes are, by their very nature, regressive. Even when exceptions are made for certain necessities like food and medicine, the overall effect is to collect a far greater portion of the income... more
            • VAT = Universal Sales Tax at All Levels. It stinks.David F Mayer, Fri May 15 10:25am
              VAT is another example of how "liberal" Europe kisses the butts of the rich guys while taxing the hell out of the working classes. So are "Payroll Taxes". They are equally regressive, having a cap on ... more
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