Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rand Paul: "Blow Up the Tax Code and Start Over"

In the WSJ:

"So on Thursday I am announcing an over $2 trillion tax cut that would repeal the entire IRS tax code—more than 70,000 pages—and replace it with a low, broad-based tax of 14.5% on individuals and businesses. I would eliminate nearly every special-interest loophole. The plan also eliminates the payroll tax on workers and several federal taxes outright, including gift and estate taxes, telephone taxes, and all duties and tariffs. I call this 'The Fair and Flat Tax.'  [...]

Another increasingly obvious danger of our current tax code is the empowerment of a rogue agency, the IRS, to examine the most private financial and lifestyle information of every American citizen. We now know that the IRS, through political hacks like former IRS official Lois Lerner, routinely abused its auditing power to build an enemies list and harass anyone who might be adversarial to President Obama’s policies. A convoluted tax code enables these corrupt tactics."
Fantastic proposal. By the way, this would crush blue states like California and New York. No state income tax deduction!

1 comment:

Taylor Conant said...

Are you encouraged by a mainstream pole recommending across the board tax deductions and therefore willing to ignore the preposterousness of taxing businesses at all?

Did rand announce spending cuts to meet or exceed these tax reductions?