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Hastert Flies Kite on Voluntary Taxation

According to the Drudge Report, Speaker Dennis Hastert has been musing in his soon-to-be-published book about eliminating income tax altogether and replacing it with a sales tax. Of course, none of this radical nonsense makes it to the Speaker's official website.

However, it is fun to ponder the Speaker of the US House of Representatives having the same idea as me

"The basic principles for the tax scheme are that it should be essentially voluntary, and concerned with ensuring equal opportunities for all. Therefore, I would propose the elimination of all personal and corporate income taxes as they violate by their nature the voluntary aspect of taxation. I propose to replace the revenue with an all-inclusive sales tax on all goods and services with a few, well-defined exceptions.
Perhaps he reads Jak's View?

August 2, 2004 in Taxes | Permalink


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