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America's Debate _ Economy and Business _ general sales taxes are not regressive

Posted by: Supposn Oct 17 2017, 08:04 PM

Sales taxes are not more regressive than income taxes.

Expenditures of the wealthy that would not be subject to a general sales tax, are currently items that generally now reduce their taxable incomes. Proportional to their individual revenues, their expenditures that would be subject to a general sales tax are no less, and I suspect exceed the proportions of their revenues subject to our current federal individuals' income taxes.

But for those that do not pay income taxes, a general sales tax would be a regressive tax.

FICA and SECA taxes levied only upon the wage portions of individuals' incomes are the most severe federal taxes impacting the working-poor and their dependents. I'm a proponent for replacing a significant proportion of taxes levied only upon wages and payrolls, and replacing those revenues with a general sales tax.

This proposal would net increase tax revenues for funding Social Security, Medicare, and the purchasing powers of USA employees and their dependents. The extent of reductions to enterprises' federal taxes are dependent upon the size of their payrolls.

Governments collect sales taxes from importers of products into their jurisdictions and waive those taxes on their exports. This proposal, rather than a reduction of corporate income taxes would greater reduce price disadvantages of USA competing with foreign products.

Respectfully, Supposn

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