Below is the FairTax resolution I submitted to the Platform & Resolutions Committee of the Illinois GOP Party Convention.
Marilyn Rickert, Illinois FairTax, President
The FairTax reflects the values, ideals and principals of the people of Illinois and the nation. I respectfully submit this resolution to be adopted as part of the Illinois Republican Party platform.
FairTax Resolution background:
The resolution was adopted by the Texas Republican Party into their platform and can be found at:
The FairTax resolution can be found on page 24
The Iowa Republican Party has also adopted the FairTax as part of their platform and can be found at:
http://www.iowagop.net/inner.asp?z=11 paragraph 13.6.
The FairTax resolution is being considered for adoption by Republican Parties across the nation. View the Republican Party of Kentucky acting on the FairTax resolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_a2i8Kt6o
On Tax day 2008, Americans For Fair Taxation and the National Taxpayers Union delivered a petition to Washington with over 163,000 signatures supporting the FairTax. Picture and more information: http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer
The FairTax has the most support of any tax reform plan in the U.S. House of Representatives with 72 cosponsors plus one sponsor - 72 of them Republicans. Cosponsors include former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.
For more information on the FairTax Act, please watch the 18 min. FairTax “It’s Time” video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwuS9VCPmb0
The FairTax Resolution:
Endorsing a federal retail sales tax as a complete replacement for all forms of income and Social Security taxation.
1. Since The FairTax Book went from unavailable to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list in nine days (August 2005) and stayed at the top of the list for the rest of the summer, this “poll” makes it clear that tax-concerned, activist voters support a complete replacement of income and payroll taxes with a national retail sales tax; and
2. Since the sequel to above book, the FairTax Book: The Truth, Answering the Critics (March 2008) also appeared on the New York Times best seller list, this second “poll” further reinforces the above statement that tax-concerned, activist voters support a complete replacement of income and payroll taxes with a national retail sales tax; and
3. Since the overwhelming majority of all communications received by President Bush’s tax reform panel supported the FairTax; and
4. Since the current income tax system requires individual taxpayers to prepare annual tax returns using many complicated forms, where innocent errors will happen and are heavily punished; and
5. Since the current income tax system actually punishes marriage and the family, the very foundation of our country’s moral strength, and
6. Since our Founding Fathers knew history showed income taxes gave government too much power over citizens, so the Founding Fathers specifically outlawed such taxes in the Constitution; and
7. Since a national retail sales is constitutional and would restore the Founding Fathers’ description of ideal tax systems (Federalist 21) and ends income taxes, annual tax filing and the IRS: and since citizens pay sales taxes to sellers of goods and services; the sellers send collected sales taxes to state agencies; and only the state sales tax agency deals with the federal tax collectors;
We, the Republican Party of Illinois urge the National Party to adopt the tax reform policy HR 25, sponsored by Representative John Linder of Georgia and primary co-sponsor Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma, known as “The FairTax Act of 2007” as a meaningful, well researched platform that will be for the good of the American people and our country. We recommend that the platform contain the following wording:
Federal Tax Reform – Federal tax reform is required and any reform should support free enterprise, economic growth, be simple and fair and support job retention in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service is unacceptable to the U.S. taxpayers! The Party urges that the IRS be abolished and the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution be repealed. We further urge that the personal income tax, inheritance (death) tax, gift tax, capital gains, corporate income tax and payroll taxes be eliminated. We recommend the implementation of a national retail sales tax, with the provision that a two-thirds majority of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate is required to raise the rate. Such reforms will encourage investment and economic growth. Lastly, such a sales tax plan must ensure no one in America pays taxes of any kind on the necessities of life, ensuring opportunity and quality of life for low and fixed income Americans. We believe every tax at every level should be a separate and clearly visible billing to the taxpayer, regardless of type of tax, and of the calculation method, so we support tax visibility in all forms.
(Mister/Madam Chairman, I move the adoption of this resolution.)
Marilyn Rickert, Illinois FairTax, President
For more information on the FairTax Act of 2007, HR 25 / S 1025 contact:
Americans For Fair Taxation
Office of Congressman John Linder, Sponsor
D.C. office: 202-225-4272
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