Pronk Pops Show 52, November 2, 2011: Segment 4: A Ron Paul tax reform plan: no income taxes or IRS — FairTax Less!–“When The Impossible Became The Inevitable”–Videos

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Segment 4: A Ron Paul tax reform plan: no income taxes or IRS — FairTax Less!–“When The Impossible Became The Inevitable”–Videos

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination

Date Sample Cain Romney Perry Gingrich Paul Bachmann Santorum Huntsman Spread
RCP Average 10/13 – 10/31 26.0 24.0 10.0 9.4 8.2 3.8 1.8 1.2 Cain +2.0
Quinnipiac 10/25 – 10/31 869 RV 30 23 8 10 7 4 1 2 Cain +7
FOX News 10/23 – 10/25 328 RV 24 20 10 12 9 3 3 0 Cain +4
CBS News/NY Times 10/19 – 10/24 455 RV 25 21 6 10 8 2 1 1 Cain +4
CNN/Opinion Research 10/14 – 10/16 416 A 25 26 13 8 9 6 2 1 Romney +1
Associated Press/GfK 10/13 – 10/17 431 A 26 30 13 7 8 4 2 2 Romney +4

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When The Impossible Became The Inevitable

Ronald Reagan-Remarks on Signing the Tax Reform Act (October 22, 1986)

Ron Paul on Taxes

Ron Paul – Repeal The 16th Amndment

The Fair Tax

Taxes and the Republican Party by the Southern Avenger

Tax Code Roulette | THE PLAIN TRUTH by Judge Napolitano 10/25/11

Flat, Fair, VAT, or Gone? What Should be done with the Federal Income Tax- CPAC 2011 Pt.1

The FairTax… For a better America

Lugar Cosponsors the FairTax

The FairTax Versus the Obama ‘Jobs Plan’

Rob Woodall Floor Speech: The FairTax will bring jobs back to America

Pence on the Fair Tax

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 1

What is the FairTax legislation?

Why is the FairTax better than a flat income tax?

What is the impact of the FairTax on business?

How does the “prebate” work?

people bring home their whole paychecks how can prices fall?

Will the FairTax lead to a massive underground economy?

Is the FairTax rate really 23%?

How will used goods be taxed?


Herman Cain on Fixing Deficit/Jobs/Fair Tax: “Replace Income and Payroll Tax”

Herman Cain Explains the Fair Tax

Johnson: What makes you a better Libertarian choice than Ron Paul?

Reagan on Taxes

Reagan; Taxes and Budget Deficit: Revenue 19% of GDP; Spending is 23%; Revenue is sufficient

Reagan on Balanced Budget

Ronald Reagan – Tax Reform Act Remarks

Ron Paul needs to come out with his own comprehensive tax reform plan. I recommend the FairTax as a starting point with some significant changes.

The FairTax is a national retail sales consumption tax that would replace the following federal taxes:

  • Personal income tax
  • Payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare
  • Capital gains tax
  • Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Self-employment tax
  • Corporate income tax
  • Gift taxes
  • Estate taxes

When you buy goods or services, income and payroll taxes are included or embedded in the price. When these taxes are eliminated, the price of the goods or services would decline.

Thus when the FairTax replaces these taxes, the price of the good or service with the new FairTax included should result in the price of the good or service remaining about the same.

The proposed FairTax rate is 23 percent when the tax is included in the unit price of the good or service. For example, a loaf of bread with a selling price of $1 would include 23 cents for the FairTax.

Since Paul wants to significantly limit the size and scope of the federal government, I propose he reduce the FairTax rate to 20 percent for 2013.

The FairTax Less rate would be reduced by 1 percent a year for the next four years so that by 2017 the rate would be 16 percent.

A declining FairTax Less rate combined with a declining balanced budget will force a reduction of government spending outlays.

It should take four to eight years before the 16th Amendment (income tax) is repealed and the balanced budget amendment passes.

Therefore, I would like to see the repeal of the 16th Amendment and the passage of a balanced budget Amendment be immediately initiated in the House of Representatives and Senate.

If this is done, by 2017 the American people will never again want to go back to the complex and time-consuming income tax.

Instead, the American people will be demanding smaller government and an even lower FairTax Less rate.

Also, Paul needs to advocate a FairTax Less plan to complement his Plan to Restore America to a peace and prosperity economy by cutting government spending by $1 trillion in his first year as president and balance the budget in his third year.

The advantage is that a single FairTax Less rate of 20 percent would beat Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan. Cain’s plan would have a flat 9 percent business tax, a flat 9 percent personal income tax and a 9 percent national retail sales tax. The total tax rate paid would be 27 percent under Cain’s plan.

A single FairTax Less rate of 20 percent would easily defeat Perry’s optional flat tax of 20 percent personal income tax and a 15.3 percent payroll tax for Social Security or Medicare for a total of 30.3 percent. This does not include the 20 percent corporate income tax that would bring the total taxes paid to over 50 percent.

Only when the American people consume or spend their money on new goods and services would they pay the FairTax Less rate of 20 percent.

The American people would have a strong economic incentive to work, save and invest their money.

More savings would lead to more investment and in turn more jobs as businesses grow and prosper.

It’s time for Ron Paul to announce his support for a FairTax Less plan.

The dynamic combination of Paul’s Plan to Restore America and the FairTax Less plan would result in a peace and prosperity economy.

The U.S. would be the only nation on earth with no taxes on capital and labor!

The FairTax Less plan would attract trillions of dollars of new investment into the U.S. from around the world.

RESTORE AMERICA NOW! Ron Paul 2012 – Plan!

The FairTax: It’s Time

[Raymond Thomas Pronk is host of the Pronk Pops Show on KDUX web radio from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays and author of the companion blog]

Background Articles and Videos

“…What is the FairTax plan?

The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment.

The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 13) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

The FairTax:

  • Enables workers to keep their entire paychecks
  • Enables retirees to keep their entire pensions
  • Refunds in advance the tax on purchases of basic necessities
  • Allows American products to compete fairly
  • Brings transparency and accountability to tax policy
  • Ensures Social Security and Medicare funding
  • Closes all loopholes and brings fairness to taxation
  • Abolishes the IRS

We offer a library of information throughout this Web site about the features and benefits of the FairTax plan. Please explore! …”

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 1

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 2

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 3

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 4

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 5

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 6

Tom Wright on the FairTax part 7

Why is the FairTax better than a flat income tax?

Dan Mitchell explains the fair tax

Q&A on the FAIRTAX pt.1

Q&A on the FAIRTAX pt.2

Americans For Fair Taxation

“…Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT), also known as, states it is the United States’ largest, single-issue grassroots organization and taxpayers union dedicated to fundamental tax code replacement.[1] The Houston, Texas-based non-partisan political advocacy group is made up of volunteers who are working to get the Fair Tax Act (H.R. 25/S. 1025) enacted in the United States; a plan to replace all federal payroll and income taxes (both corporate and personal) with a national retail sales tax and monthly tax “prebate” to households of citizens and legal resident aliens. Americans for Fair Taxation state they subscribe to the ideals of simplicity, fairness, and freedom which they believe are embodied in the FairTax.[2][3] The organization claims to have signed up over 800,000 supporters.[4]

AFFT was founded in 1994 by three Houston businessmen, Jack Trotter, Bob McNair, and Leo Linbeck, who each pledged $1.5 million as seed money to hire tax experts to identify what they perceived as faults with the current tax system, to determine what American citizens would like to see in tax reform, and then to design the best system of taxation.[2] The three went on to raise an additional $17 million to fund focus groups with citizens around the country and tax policy studies.[2]

Some of the experts funded include:
  • Professors David Burton and Dan Mastromarco, University of Maryland and The Argus Group
  • Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston University
  • Stephen Moore, The Cato Institute
  • Professor Dale Jorgenson, Harvard University
  • Bill Beach (economist), the Heritage Foundation
  • Jim Poterba, The National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Professor George Zodrow, Rice University and the Baker Institute for Public Policy
  • Professor Joseph Kahn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax

Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax (play /ˈfaɪkə/) is a United States payroll (or employment) tax[1] imposed by the federal government on both employees and employers to fund Social Security and Medicare[2] —federal programs that provide benefits for retirees, the disabled, and children of deceased workers. Social Security benefits include old-age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI); Medicare provides hospital insurance benefits. The amount that one pays in payroll taxes throughout one’s working career is indirectly tied to the social security benefits annuity that one receives as a retiree.[citation needed] This has led some to claim that the payroll tax is not a tax because its collection is tied to a benefit.[3] The United States Supreme Court decided in Flemming v. Nestor (1960) that no one has an accrued property right to benefits from Social Security.

The Federal Insurance Contributions Act is currently codified at Title 26, Subtitle C, Chapter 21 of the United States Code.[4]


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities states that three-quarters of taxpayers pay more in payroll taxes than they do in income taxes.[5] The FICA tax is considered a regressive tax on income (with no standard deduction or personal exemption deduction) and is imposed (for the years 2009 and 2010) only on the first $106,800 of gross wages. The tax is not imposed on investment income (such as interest and dividends).

“Regular” employees (most wage-earners)

For 2008, the employee’s share of the Social Security portion of the tax is 6.2%[6] of gross compensation up to a limit of $102,000 of compensation (resulting in a maximum of $6,324.00 in tax). For 2009 and 2010, the employee’s share is 6.2% of gross compensation up to a limit of $106,800 of compensation (resulting in a maximum Social Security tax of $6,621.60).[7] This limit, known as the Social Security Wage Base, goes up each year based on average national wages and, in general, at a faster rate than the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). For the calendar year 2011, the employee’s share has been temporarily reduced to 4.2% of gross compensation, with a limit of $106,800.[8] The employee’s share of the Medicare portion is 1.45% of wages, with no limit on the amount of wage subject to the Medicare tax.[6]

The employer is also liable for 6.2% Social Security and 1.45% Medicare taxes,[9] making the total Social Security tax 12.4% of wages, and the total Medicare tax 2.9%. (Self-employed people are responsible for the entire FICA percentage of 15.3% (= 12.4% + 2.9%), since they are in a sense both the employer and the employed; however, see the section on self-employed people for more details.)

If a worker starts a new job halfway through the year and has already earned the wage base limit with the old employer for Social Security purposes, the new employer is not allowed to stop withholding until the wage base limit has been earned with the new employer without regard to the wage base limit earned under the old employer. There are some limited cases, such as a successor-predecessor transfer, in which the payments that have already been withheld can be counted toward the year-to-date total.

If a worker has overpaid toward Social Security by having more than one job or by having switched jobs during the year, that worker can file a request to have that overpayment counted as tax paid when he or she files a Federal income tax return. If the taxpayer is due a refund, then the FICA overpayment is refunded.

Self-employed people

A tax similar to the FICA tax is imposed on the earnings of self-employed individuals, such as independent contractors and members of a partnership. This tax is imposed not by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act but instead by the Self-Employment Contributions Act of 1954, which is codified as Chapter 2 of Subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 1401 through 26 U.S.C. § 1403 (the “SE Tax Act”). Under the SE Tax Act, self-employed people are responsible for the entire percentage of 15.3% (= 12.4% [Soc. Sec.] + 2.9% [Medicare]); however, the 15.3% multiplier is applied to 92.35% of the business’s net earnings from self-employment, rather than 100% of the gross earnings; the difference, 7.65%, is half of the 15.3%, and makes the calculation fair in comparison to that of regular (non-self-employed) employees. It does this by adjusting for the fact that employees’ 7.65% share of their SE tax is multiplied against a number (their gross income) that does not include the putative “employer’s half” of the self-employment tax. In other words, it makes the calculation fair because employees don’t get taxed on their employers’ contribution of the second half of FICA, therefore self-employed people shouldn’t get taxed on the second half of the self-employment tax. Similarly, self-employed people also deduct half of their self-employment tax (schedule SE) from their gross income on the way to arriving at their adjusted gross income (AGI). This levels the amount paid by self-employed persons in comparison to regular employees, who don’t pay general income tax on their employers’ contribution of the second half of FICA, just as they didn’t pay FICA tax on it either.[10][11]

These calculations are made on Schedule SE: Self-Employment Tax, although that is not readily apparent to novice self-employed taxpayers, owing to the schedule’s rather opaque name, which makes it sound like it is part of the general federal income tax. Some taxpayers have complained that Schedule SE’s title should be changed to something such as “Self-Employment FICA Tax”, so that its separateness from the general income tax is apparent,[12] perhaps not realizing that the SE tax is not imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) at all, and that neither SE taxes nor FICA taxes are “income taxes” imposed under Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Exemption for certain full-time students

A special case in FICA regulations includes exemptions for student workers. Students enrolled at least half-time in a university and working part-time for the same university are exempted from FICA payroll taxes, so long as their relationship with the university is primarily an educational one.[13] Medical residents working full-time are not considered students and are not exempt from FICA payroll taxes, according to a US Supreme Court ruling in 2011.[14] In order to be exempt from FICA payroll taxes, a student’s work must be “incident to” pursuit of a course of study, which is rarely the case with full-time employment.[14]


Prior to the Great Depression, the following presented difficulties for working-class Americans: [15]

  • The U.S. had no federal-government-mandated retirement savings; consequently, for those people who had not voluntarily saved money throughout their working lives, the end of their work careers was the end of all income.
  • Similarly, the U.S. had no federal-government-mandated disability income insurance to provide for citizens disabled by injuries (of any kind—non-work-related); consequently, for most people, a disabling injury meant no more income (since most people have little to no income except earned income from work).
  • In addition, there was no federal-government-mandated disability income insurance to provide for people unable to ever work during their lives, such as anyone born with severe mental retardation.
  • Further, the U.S. had no federal-government-mandated health insurance for the elderly; consequently, for many people, the end of their work careers was the end of their ability to pay for medical care.
  • Finally, the U.S. had no federal-government-mandated health insurance for all those who are not elderly; consequently, many people, especially those with pre-existing conditions, have no ability to pay for medical care.

In the 1930s, the New Deal introduced Social Security to rectify the first three problems (retirement, injury-induced disability, or congenital disability). It introduced the FICA tax as the means to pay for Social Security.

In the 1960s, Medicare was introduced to rectify the fourth problem (health care for the elderly). The FICA tax was increased in order to pay for this expense.


Social Security regressivity debate

The Social Security component of the FICA tax is regressive, meaning the effective tax rate regresses (decreases) as income increases.[16] The Social Security component is actually a flat tax for wage levels under the Social Security Wage Base (see “Regular” employees above). But since no tax is owed on wages above the Wage Base limit, the total tax rate declines as wages increase beyond that limit. In other words, for wage levels above the limit, the absolute dollar amount of tax owed remains constant; since this number (the numerator) remains constant while the wage level (the denominator) increases, the effective tax rate steadily decreases as wage levels increase beyond the Wage Base limit.

FICA is also not collected on unearned income, including interest on savings deposits, stock dividends, and capital gains such as profits from the sale of stock or real estate. The proportion of total income which is exempt from FICA as “unearned income” tends to rise with higher income brackets.

Some argue that since Social Security taxes are eventually returned to taxpayers, with interest, in the form of Social Security benefits, the regressiveness of the tax is effectively negated.[citation needed] That is, the taxpayer gets back what he or she put into the Social Security system. Others, including the Congressional Budget Office, point out that the Social Security system as a whole is progressive; individuals with lower lifetime average wages receive a larger benefit (as a percentage of their lifetime average wage income) than do individuals with higher lifetime average wages.[17][18]

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Pronk Pops Show 52, November 2, 2011: Segment: 2: Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan: 9% Business Income Flat Tax, 9% Personal Income Flat Tax, 9% National Retail Consumption Tax–Videos

Pronk Pops Show 52, November 2, 2011: Segment 3: Perry proposes optional flat 20 percent income tax and cap on government spending–Videos

Pronk Pops Show 52, November 2, 2011: Segment 4: A Ron Paul tax reform plan: no income taxes or IRS — FairTax Less!–”When The Impossible Became The Inevitable”–Videos

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