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Replace the IRS with the Fair Tax

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"The FairTax would be the most massive transfer of power from the federal government to the people since our Constitution was adopted." - Neal Boortz

Three news stories recently grabbed my attention. All three have a common denominator – the income tax code and the IRS.

First, it appears the IRS continues unabated in its unprecedented attack on select conservative groups.

In fact, one might conclude the agency has now gone into escalation mode. But then, why shouldn’t it? The IRS’s actions past and present make clear the agency feels no accountability to the people, the Congress or the Constitution.

Second, reports surfaced of a little-known federal program that gives some workers better unemployment benefits than others. I guess some unemployed Americans are more equal than others.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, created by special interests — excuse me, my apologies — created by Congress, gives extra unemployment benefits to individuals who lost jobs that were outsourced to a foreign country.

These individuals get 2.5 years of unemployment, extra training, travel compensation for job interviews, and 90% of moving costs and health care. All paid for by you, to the tune of $1.4 billion in 2012!

The third story takes us back to the IRS. The agency has apparently found a new and dangerous threat to attack: Veterans’ organizations that don’t have paperwork they were never required to keep in the first place!

The Wall Street Journal covers the latest IRS outrage: “As former military members, the one thing we know how to do is follow regulations,” Louis Celli, national legislative director for the American Legion, told the Journal.

“The inspection manual they give to inspectors tells them to look for documents that we’re not told to maintain in the first place,” he said.

And just how quickly must our veterans drop everything to reply to these new whims from an out of control IRS? Immediately – or else, according to the Journal:

“One outpost in Texas, where officials were unable to comply immediately with the requirements, was fined $12,000, or $1,000 for each of 12 days it failed to produce the documents the IRS demanded.”

Our veterans deserve better and under the FairTax Plan, they will be respected. No threats, no harassment, no fines, no behemoth regulatory manuals that hinder supporting our troops.

Congress has a choice. They have before them “The FairTax Act of 2013.”

They can continue allowing the IRS to threaten, harass and destroy individuals and organizations, or they can implement a comprehensive tax replacement plan that returns our nation’s system of taxation to what our founding fathers originally envisioned. They can enact the FairTax Plan.

Your senators and representatives are supposed to represent the will of the people who elected them. Make sure that you communicate to all your elected officials exactly where you stand on tax reform.

FairTax.org has a convenient way you can phone your senators and representative’s Washington offices (don’t forget to contact their state/district offices, too) and in one minute, send them a message. Just go here.

If your representative(s) gives you bloated, canned-ham responses or dismisses your concerns, then you have a job to do — find a new representative who understands and respects the will of the people.

Cindy Canevaro is executive director of FairTax.org.
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