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Time to Act on the Lessons of History
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Time to Act on the Lessons of History

© 2002 Copley News Service, 4/17/2002 With the agony of filing federal tax returns once again behind us, it is useful to recall the words of the famous German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: "What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it."

04/17/2002
RUSSIA'S FLAT TAX REFORM
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RUSSIA'S FLAT TAX REFORM

From DALLAS MORNING NEWS This year Americans will pay accountants and attorneys $140 billion to do their taxes and help them navigate the 46,000-page U.S. Tax Code. Too bad, observers say, this isn't Russia.

03/04/2002
Black Ponders Risk on Tax Plan
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Black Ponders Risk on Tax Plan

BY Wade Rawlins

House Speaker Jim Black on Thursday weighed whether to risk bringing a proposed $ 440 million tax package before the full House next week while Republicans organized opposition to defeat the proposal. Black, a Democrat from Matthews, said he'll decide by the time lawmakers return Monday night whether to bring up the tax-increase package for a floor vote or include it with the budget. If he makes it part of the budget, lawmakers would have to vote against the entire budget to vote against the tax increase.

07/27/2001
A New Tax System for the 21st Century
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A New Tax System for the 21st Century

Copley News Service, 12/13/2000

12/13/2000
Coalition Proposes Simpler Tax System
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Coalition Proposes Simpler Tax System

BY Curt Anderson

WASHINGTON -- The bewildering federal income tax system should be replaced with something simpler and far less burdensome, a coalition of interest groups and two senior House Republicans said Thursday. Like previous such efforts, this one faces an uphill fight. The 19 organizations that form the Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform favor different solutions ranging from a flat, single-rate income tax applied equally to all taxpayers to the replacement of the income tax with a national sales tax.

12/08/2000
New Effort Promised to Overhaul Federal Income Tax Laws
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New Effort Promised to Overhaul Federal Income Tax Laws

BY Curt Anderson

The bewildering federal income tax system should be replaced with something simpler and far less burdensome, a coalition of interest groups and two senior House Republicans said Thursday. Like previous such efforts, this one faces an uphill fight. The 19 organizations that form the Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform favor different solutions ranging from a flat, single-rate income tax applied equally to all taxpayers to the replacement of the income tax with a national sales tax.

12/07/2000
Federal Income Tax Overhaul Mulled
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Federal Income Tax Overhaul Mulled

The bewildering federal income tax system should be replaced with something simpler and far less burdensome, a coalition of interest groups and two senior House Republicans said Thursday. Like previous such efforts, this one faces an uphill fight. The 19 organizations that form the Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform favor different solutions ranging from a flat, single-rate income tax applied equally to all taxpayers to the replacement of the income tax with a national sales tax.

12/07/2000
Capitol Hill News Conference to Unveil Broad-Based Coalition on Tax Reform
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Capitol Hill News Conference to Unveil Broad-Based Coalition on Tax Reform

News Advisory: As federal budget surpluses accumulate in Washington amidst record-high tax burdens and mounting public frustration with the current Tax Code, this week more than 15 leading tax reform organizations, citizen groups, trade associations, and a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress will assemble to announce a new alliance to place tax reform at the top of the American agenda in the 21st Century, and to set forth guiding principles for tax reform. Who: Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform news conference that will include the following participants: Jack Kemp, Empower America; Jim Miller, Citizens for a Sound Economy; Ed Feulner, Heritage Foundation; Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association; Todd McCracken, National Small Business United; Kathy Hamor, Savings Coalition of America; Tom Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste; David Keating, National Taxpayers Union; Steve Hayes, Citizens for an Alternative Tax System; Rob Hartwell, Americans for Fair Taxation; Neal White, National Retail Sales Tax Alliance; Steve Moore, Club for Growth; Phil Thoden, Associated General Contractors of America; a representative from Independent Women's Forum; and several other organizations. Members of Congress who support tax reform will also participate. What: Individually, coalition member groups support the flat tax, the national sales tax, or a consumed income tax. The launch of this historic coalition will focus energies on common opposition to the income tax system, set forth basic principles for tax reform, and urge the U.S. Congress and the incoming Administration to adhere to those principles. Where: U.S. Capitol, Room H-137 (House Side). When: Thursday, Dec. 7, 10:15 a.m. (speakers will arrive at 10 a.m.). Materials Available: Statements from individual speakers, as well as Coalition for Fundamental Tax Reform's Pledge of Principles, will be provided at the event. For Questions Or Additional Details: Please contact Eric Schlecht, Jerry Terry, or Pete Sepp of National Taxpayers Union at 703-683-5700, or Rob Hartwell of the Coalition at 202-822-4501.

12/04/2000
Capitol Comment 265 - Scrap the Code: Good Politics and Good Policy
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 265 - Scrap the Code: Good Politics and Good Policy

"Scrap the Code" is becoming a silent mantra in the early stages of the presidential primaries. Most candidates have heard this popular mandate from the public and have responded by making substantive proposals for, or at least paying lip service to, a fairer, flatter tax system. In classic grassroots style, the presidential candidates are being pulled toward this issue. Tax reform, once considered dead with the failed 1996 presidential race of Steve Forbes, is now a legitimate issue four years later.

01/31/2000
Message of the Day
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Message of the Day

Scrap the Code A new poll released this week by the Des Moines Register shows that forty-two percent of likely Republican caucus participants favor a flat tax, while 33 percent favor changes that basically keep the current tax structure in place. Sixteen percent want a national sales tax to replace the income tax. Des Moines Register poll.

01/14/2000

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