FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul
said Tuesday the federal tax code is a "disaster," and he wants
to replace the income tax with a retail sales tax.
Paul said that he would support changing the federal tax code to
get rid of the Internal Revenue Service, and he would vote to
repeal the Sixteenth Amendment that created the federal income tax.
"The federal tax code is a disaster no one would come up with
if we were starting from scratch," Paul said in a written
statement distributed by an anti-tax group and verified by his
campaign. "I support making taxes flatter and simpler. I would
vote for the FairTax to get rid of the Sixteenth Amendment, the IRS
and a lot of the control the federal government exerts over us."
Paul declined to answer questions on the issue during a campaign
stop in Louisville Tuesday afternoon. At a previous stop in
LaGrange, he told reporters he'd also like to see the U.S.
Department of Education eliminated.
The FairTax proposal has been championed by the Texas-based
group Americans for Fair Taxation and a newly formed affiliate,
FairTax America Support Team. Paul's former campaign manager, David
Adams, is a member of the affiliate's governing board.
Paul faces Democrat Jack Conway in one of the most closely
watched races in the nation. They're seeking to replace 78-year-old
Sen. Jim Bunning who opted not to seek a third term.
University of Kentucky political scientist Stephen Voss said
Paul's stand could help him in Kentucky where voters, especially
those of the tea party persuasion, are angry about the tax burden.
"It could play well in a state like Kentucky when you show all
the things that are not progressive about the current tax system,"
Voss said. He noted that the issue is ripe for political spin.
Kentucky tea party gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett, whose
campaign is managed by Adams, predicted Paul's stand will energize
his base of support three weeks before Election Day, though it
could dissuade others.
"The problem with the FairTax is that it's one of the easiest
things to demagogue," said Moffett, who has made a similar
state-level proposal a centerpiece of his campaign. "It's an easy
way to scare some voters away. But those who would be scared away
probably aren't up on the FairTax and likely wouldn't have voted
for Rand Paul anyway."
Conway spokeswoman Allison Haley said Tuesday the proposal calls
for a tax of nearly a quarter on every dollar.
"Working people are having a tough enough time making ends
meet," she said. "They don't need a 23 percent sales tax on
everything they buy - from groceries to gas to medicine."
Americans for Fair Taxation wants a so-called "FairTax" that
would abolish all federal personal and corporate income taxes as
well as gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social
Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes. Those taxes would be
replaced with a federal retail sales tax administered primarily by
existing state sales tax authorities.
Adams said the group is "delighted" to have Paul among the
proposal's backers, who include Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
DeMint has come to Kentucky to campaign for Paul.
Associated Press writer Bruce Schreiner contributed to this
story from LaGrange.
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So, does he not think that to avoid the sales tax people (and especially corporations) will buy overseas, thus continuing the spiral down of our economy?
And is that 25% on TOP OF city and state sales tax or inclusive?
Well, I guess the one good thing about Rand Paul's proposal is it would definitely encourage saving!
I hardly think people would buy over seas to save a couple of bucks, of course if the disparity in prices and exchange rates was great enough that might be a concern but that would be less likely to happen if the government had a balanced budget amendment to go with it and actuallly controlled their spending.
Yes, and Rand Paul also wants regulations on mines and mining companies removed! What a genius! He is really a frightening piece of work!
He'd put some sort of cap on it, I'm sure, so as not to tax the yachts and limousines of the rich.
nah, Rand isn't a "let's all give rich people a break" republican. But I am worried about his idea of replacing Income tax with ANY tax.
Maybe his is a "weed out" sort of thing - replace the income tax with a tax that only generates half as much.
I'd be for that!
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