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Simplify The Tax System

It is time to take our country back. Power and money are conntrol by a very small minority in this country. A fair simple tax plan would go a long way toward that direction.
I have been hearing a lot of buzz about tax cuts and I'm starting to think the tax rules are too complex. 57.7% of the nations income after tax goes to the wealthiest 1%. Those are the folks making at least $700,000 a year after taxes. They are educated about all the tax shelters and can afford the tax attorneys. They can afford to invest in tax shelters and play the money games in a way that they pay very little as a share of their gross income.

What if we simplified the tax system by taking away those complex rules leaving only one exemption with a flat percentage tax after that point. Everyone has housing, medical, transportation and food expenses. I am floating the idea of a $50,000 personal deduction. The deduction will not apply to corporations. The deductions are not transferable so there is no bonus for having or adopting children. The deduction should be tied to the inflation rate. After that pay a flat 40% tax on remaining income.

It's simple so that anyone who has a sixth grade education can figure out what they owe. Some whining libertarian might complain that it will stifle investment, but if they were taxed at 40% people would tend to leave their money invested were it is until they needed to use it anyone who understands compound interest should see the motivation in this.

The only problem with this is our congress is bought and paid for by corporations and extremely wealthy individuals. They are working with the press and the think tanks spin-doctors to make sure you stay out of the national political loop. In spite of the recent campaign scandals no true campaign finance reform has been suggested.

Money drives the system. It is time to put money back in the hands of the everyday Americans.

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Simplify? Abolish it!!! 12.Feb.2006 10:00

Justin

Get rid of it altogether. Lets get out of the empire thinking and go back to local. Live on our own tax free land and grow our own food. For local benefits tax a little locally. Most of our taxes now go for wars and standing armies, then some go to help other people, but if we all lived on our own land and grew our own food then those people wouldn't need help. Quit giving money to corrupt countries who squander it for themselves anyway. We need to get out of the global think and take a few steps back.

You People Are Uninformed! Read Up! 12.Feb.2006 11:19

Commienokaze aka Commie bastard

American citizens and permanent resident aliens, living and working within the States of the Union are not subject to the filing of an IRS Form 1040 and ARE NOT LIABLE for the payment of a tax on "income"!!! If this surprises you, you are not alone.  You are among the vast majority of American citizens who have been mislead and misinformed.  Read on.


For YEARS, the Internal Revenue Service has ruled the American people with fear, bluff, and deception, the IRS's major weapons. Americans have been led to believe that they "owe" an income tax on their earnings; that it is their "patriotic duty" to pay it, and there is no alternative to the IRS's abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth! From its beginning, the income tax was levied on non-resident aliens and American citizens living and working in a foreign country and for the federal government.  During World War I, the government requested that citizens volunteer to pay taxes as a way to pay for the war.  During World War II the government employed Walt Disney and his cartoon character, Donald Duck, to increase the voluntary payment of the income tax.  Consider the following facts:


Our Founding Fathers created a constitutional republic as our form of government. The Constitution gives the federal/national government limited powers. All powers not delegated to the United States are reserved to the States respectively or to the People. The Union was created to be the servant of the people! The United States Constitutionis the supreme law of the land. (Article VI, Clause 2.)


The Constitution gives the Congress the power to lay and collect taxes to pay the debts of the government and to provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.  Congress is only permitted to levy two types of taxes.


1. DIRECT TAXES, which are subject to the rule of apportionment among the states of the Union.


2. INDIRECT TAXES -- imposts, duties and excises, subject to the rule of uniformity.


The US Constitution does not allow the federal government to use either of the two classifications to tax CITIZENS or PERMANENT RESIDENT ALIENS of the United States of America, DIRECTLY. The intent of the Founders was to keep the government the servant and to prevent it from becoming the master. (See Article 1, section 2, clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution.)


A federal census is taken every ten (10) years to determine the number of representatives to be allotted to each State and the amount of a direct tax that may be apportioned to each State. This is determined by the percentage its number of representatives bears to the total membership in the House of Representatives. (Article 1, section 2, clause 3; Article 1, section 9, clause 4.)


It was established in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that the Supreme Court of the United States would have the power of "judicial review". This is the power to declare laws passed by the U.S. Congress to be null and void if such a law or laws was/were in violation of the Constitution. This was to be determined from the original intent as found in Madison's Notes recorded during the Convention, the Federalist Papers, and the ratifying conventions found in Elliott's Debates.


Due to the characteristics of the SECOND CLASSIFICATION of taxation, the Supreme Court called it an indirect tax and it is divided into three distinct taxes: IMPOSTS, DUTIES, and EXCISES. These taxes were intended to provide for the operating expenses of the government of the United States. (See Article 1, section 8, clause 1.)


Duties and imposts are taxes levied by government on things imported into the country from abroad, and are paid at the ports of entry.


The Supreme Court says that excises are...taxes laid upon the manufacture, sale or consumption of commodities within the country, upon licenses to pursue certain occupations and upon corporate privileges. (See Flint v. Stone Tracy Co., 220 US 107 [1911].)


In 1862, Congress passed an Act (law) to create an "Income Duty" to help pay for the War Between the States. A duty is an indirect tax, which the federal government cannot impose on citizens or residents of a State having sources of income within a State of the Union.


Congress passed an Act in 1894 to impose a tax on the incomes of citizens and resident aliens of the United States. The constitutionality of the Act was challenged in 1895 and the Supreme Court said the law was unconstitutional because it was a direct tax that was not apportioned as the Constitution required (See Pollock v. Farmer's Loan & Trust Co., 157 US 429 [1895].)


In 1909 Congress passed the 16th Amendment to the Constitution that was allegedly ratified by 3/4 of the States; it is known as "The Income Tax Amendment." Bill Benson has gathered the evidence that it was not legally ratified.


Some officials within the Internal Revenue "Service," along with professors, teachers, politicians and some judges, have said and are saying, that the 16th Amendment changed the United States Constitution to allow a DIRECT tax without apportionment.


However, the above persons are not empowered to interpret the meaning of the United States Constitution! As stated above, this power is granted by the Constitution to the Supreme Court, but limited to the original intent. The Supreme Court has no power to function as a "social engineer" to amend or alter the Constitution as they have been doing. A change or "amendment " can only be lawfully done according to the provisions of Article 5 of the US Constitution.


The U.S. Supreme Court said in 1916 that the 16th Amendment didnot change the U.S. Constitution because of the fact that Article 1, section 2, clause 3, and Article 1, section 9, clause 4, were not repealed or altered; the U.S. Constitution cannot conflict with itself. The Court also said that the 16th Amendment merely prevented the "income duty" from being taken out of the category of INDIRECT taxation. (See Brushaber v. Union Pacific R.R. Co., 240 US, page 16.)


After the Supreme Court decision, the office of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue issued Treasury Decision [Order] 2313 (dated March 21, 1916; Vol. 18, January-December, 1916, page 53.) It states in part;


...it is hereby held that income accruing to nonresident aliens in the form of interest from the bonds and dividends on the stock of domestic change corporations is subject to the income tax imposed by the act of October 3, 1913.


In another Supreme Court decision in 1916, the Court, in clear language settled the application of the 16th Amendment. By the previous ruling [Brushaber] it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation. Rather it simply prohibited the previous complete and plenary [full] power of income taxation possessed by Congress from the beginning from being taken out of the category of indirect taxation to which it inherently belonged... (See Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 US, 112.)  And indirect taxes are limited to imposts, duties, and excises, not on the income of individuals.


The United States Constitution gives the federal government the exclusive authority to handle foreign affairs. Congress has the power to pass laws concerning the direct or indirect taxation of foreigners doing business in the U.S.A. It has possessed this power from the beginning, needing no "amendment" (change) to the U.S. Constitution to authorize the exercise of it.


The DIRECT classification of taxation was intended for use when unforeseen expenses or emergencies arose. Congress, needing funds to meet the emergency, can borrow money on the credit of the United States (Article 1, section 8, clause 2). The Founding Fathers intended that the budget of the United States be balanced and a deficit be paid off quickly and in an orderly fashion. Through a DIRECT tax, the tax bill is given to the States of the Union. The bill is "apportioned" by the number of Representatives of each State in Congress; therefore, each State is billed its apportioned share of the DIRECT tax equal to the number of votes its Representatives could employ to pass the tax. How the States raise the money to pay the bill is not a federal concern (Article 1, section 2, and clause 3).


In the Brushaber and Stanton cases, the Supreme Court said the 16th Amendment did not change income taxes to another classification. So, if the INCOME TAX is an indirect EXCISE tax, then how is it applied and collected? According to the Supreme Court, "Excises are taxes laid upon the manufacture, sale or consumption of commodities within the country, upon licenses to pursue certain occupations and upon corporate privileges; the requirement to pay such taxes involves the exercise of the privilege and if business is not done in the manner described no tax is payable...it is the privilege which is the subject of the tax and not the mere buying, selling or handling of goods." (Flint v. Stone Tracy Co., 220 US, 110.)  In other words, if there is no privilege or licensing involved in a business, no tax is payable.


If all RIGHTS are the natural heritage of men and women, citizens of the States retain all RIGHTS except those surrendered as enumerated in the United States Constitution), and PRIVILEGES are granted by government after application; THEN what is the PRIVILEGE that the "income tax" is applied against?


As established in the U.S. Constitution, the federal government cannot directly tax a citizen living within one of the States of the Union. Citizens possess rights; these rights cannot be converted to privileges by government. The only individuals who would nothave these rights and would therefore be liable to regulation by government are NONRESIDENT ALIENS doing business and working within the United States or receiving domestic source profits from investments, and United States citizens working in a foreign country and taxable under treaties between the two governments.


Withholding agents withhold income taxes. The only section in the Internal Revenue Code that defines this authority is section 7701(a)(16).  Withholding of money for income tax purposes, according to section 7701(a)(16), is only authorized for sections:


ˇ        1441 - NONRESIDENT ALIENS,


ˇ        1442 - FOREIGN CORPORATIONS,


ˇ        1443 - FOREIGN TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS,


ˇ        1461 - WITHHOLDING AGENT LIABLE FOR WITHHELD TAX.


Internal Revenue Manual Chapter 1100 Organization and Staffing, section 1132.75 states: The Criminal Investigation Division enforces the criminal statutes applicable to income, estate, gift, employment, and excise tax laws involving United States citizens residing in foreign countries and nonresident aliens subject to Federal income tax filing requirements...


The implementation of IRS Treasury Regulation 1.1441-5 is explained in Publication 515 on page 2, that "If an individual gives you [the domestic employer or withholding agent] a written statement, in duplicate, stating that he or she is a citizen or resident of the United States, and you do not know otherwise, you may accept this statement and are relieved from the duty of withholding the tax.


The ONLY way a United States citizen or permanent resident alien, living and working within a State of the Union can have taxes deducted from his/her pay, is by


ˇ        voluntarily filing an application Form SS-5 to obtain a Social Security Number.


ˇ        Then by entering that number on an IRS Form W and signing it to permit withholding of "Employment Taxes" -- "Form W Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate"


That is why the IRS pressures children to apply for a Social Security Numbers, and for employers to obtain the voluntary completion of Form W immediately from all those being hired. However, no federal law or regulation requires workers to have a Social Security Number or sign a Form W to qualify for a job.


Internal Revenue Code Section 6654(e)(2)(c) states:...no tax liability...if....the individual was a citizen or resident of the United States throughout the preceding taxable year. IRS contends the success of the SELF-ASSESSMENT system depends on VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE


All human rights are natural and cannot be taken away by any legitimate means.  This is the premise of the Declaration of Independence.  The United States Government can only exercise powers given to it by "We the People" through the U.S. Constitution. The "income tax" is an INDIRECT TAX. There is no section of law in the Internal Revenue Code (Title 26 USC) making a CITIZEN or a RESIDENT working and living WITHIN A STATE OF THE UNION, LIABLE to pay the INCOME (indirect/excise/duty) TAX.


Are you "self employed"? Did you know what the Internal Revenue Code says concerning filing quarterly estimated returns? Read below!


SEC. 6654. FAILURE BY INDIVIDUALS TO PAY ESTIMATED INCOME TAX.


(e) Exceptions. -Where tax is small amount. -- No addition to tax shall be imposed under subsection (a) for any taxable year if the tax shown on the return for such taxable year (or, if no return is filed, the tax), reduced by the credit allowable under section 31, is less than $500.


       


Where no tax liability for preceding taxable year.--No addition to tax shall be imposed under subsection (a) for any taxable year if:


A. the preceding taxable year was a taxable year of 12 months.


B. the individual did not have any liability for tax for the preceding taxable year, and


C. the individual was a citizen or resident of the United States throughout the preceding taxable year. (emphasis added)


 


What can you do about it?  For one thing, require them to follow their own statutes and regulations. IRS is notorious for violating due process. Get a professional with 20 years experience helping people with tax problems. Click here to GET STARTED NOW! 


 


Contact your congressman and senators to protest and demand hearings to investigate the unconstitutional structure and function of the Internal Revenue Service. You can find their name, address, email address, phone number or fax number at  http://thomas.loc.gov .  Tell your friends, send them the URL of this page, talk about it, tell your friends to tell their friends.


 


What else can you do? File your UCC-1 claim on the CORPORATION that carries your name in their ledgers and take control of your Treasury Direct Account.  You are considered a citizen of a Federal territory because of Fourteenth Amendment citizenship.  Since you have not objected to your status as a subject of the Federal jurisdiction, you may be presumed to be content with your Federal citizenship. To guide you through the legal brambles to freedom you will need the help of an experienced advisor. GET STARTED NOW!


thinkify 12.Feb.2006 13:01

john revolta

Abolish it all together. Let them keep their money. You don't need it.

Stop Volunteering 12.Feb.2006 18:03

Marleen

How much simpler could it get?

Don't pay it.

You're financing an illegal war (among other
illegal acts).

how to get out of payroll tax withholding 13.Feb.2006 20:13

chainedtothemachine

I do payroll at my job and have direct experience in calculating the amounts that come out of people's paychecks. Social Security and Medicare together are 7.65% of your income and there's nothing you can do about it except be self-employed and not file a tax return. Then you have federal and state income taxes that are determined by withholding status, that is whether you claim single or married and the number of exemptions. Your withholding status is determined by what you put on your form W-4, a piece of mandatory employment paperwork. In my experience, a lot of people seem to be unaware of what they are doing when they fill this out. If you state "exempt" on the form, unless you are part-time or very low-wage it may be questioned. However, you can have de-facto exemption by claiming a high number of exemptions. You are not required to substantiate your reasoning for the number of exemptions to your employer, and the IRS has recently decided it doesn't want to be informed about high numbers of exemptions. Oregon still wants to see the W-4s of people claiming over 9 exemptions though. So, if you aren't raking it in, married or single with 9 exemptions may exempt you from payroll withholding for income taxes. If you don't plan on filing a return, there's nothing withheld to get refunded! If you do file a return, I don't recommend this because you might owe.

On the job I see a lot of low-wage workers claim zero exemptions and I can't help but think that they are mistaken in thinking that zero=exempt. Zero exemptions is the highest rate of taxation! Take the highest number of exemptions that you feel comfortable with!

An employee can submit a new form W-4 at any time. You can print one off of irs.gov and submit it any time to your employer. If you claim 9 or fewer exemptions (9 is a lot!), you'll have little or no withholding unless you have a pretty good income.

The only other tax withheld from employee checks in Oregon is the Workers' Benefit Fund tax. The good news is that it is small change (.015 X # of hours on the job or .60 for a 40 hour week), the bad is that you can't escape it.

If you think you have too much withheld for federal and state income tax, don't complain- DO SOMETHING TO FIX IT! It is completely within your power if you are informed enough to do it!