Ben Carson Calls For Major Tax Reform, Says All Americans Should Pay...

Ben Carson Calls For Major Tax Reform, Says All Americans Should Pay Something

In a new op/ed, 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson is calling for a flat tax. In Carson’s system, everyone pays at least something, giving all Americans some “skin in the game,” Carson says.

According to Carson in the Daily Caller:

“America’s incomprehensible web of tax laws and regulations is an abomination. No one can justify the complexity of the tax code, or the 75,000 pages it fills. Last year, Americans wasted more than $230 billion and spent 6 billion hours just to prepare our taxes. The myriad special-interest tax shelters and loopholes disproportionately benefit some citizens over others and encourage those with the resources to openly game the system.

We need to replace our tax code with a straightforward alternative based on simplicity, transparency and fairness. The solution is a clean, low flat tax.

A single-rate system levels the playing field and eases the burdens of compliance. It eliminates the labyrinth of deductions and preferences, as well as the inequities of increasingly punitive tax rates as taxpayers earn more money. Under the current system, the harder someone works to achieve the American Dream, the more heavily she is taxed. Under my flat tax, these disincentives for success will be removed and everyone will be treated fairly.

Here’s how: my plan calls for a simple 14.9 percent flat tax on all income. No deductions, no shelters, no loopholes. If you earn ten times as much as your neighbor, you pay ten times as much in taxes. That’s the deal.

To protect those rising from poverty, my flat tax only applies to income above 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level – or earnings more than $36,375 for a family of four.

To treat everyone in America as citizen-owners, those whose income falls below this allowance will make a de minimis tax payment annually. Even Americans who earn little income should pay some taxes, no matter how small their contribution might be. Instead of living under a system where proposed tax hikes affect only a few, we must create a tax base that includes everyone.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Gov’t is so use to increasing taxes nearly every year. Can we be assured, they won’t under this new flat tax program? I suspect it won’t increase if we do away with many unnecessary gov’t programs!

    • That is also something that Carson, Cruz, and Trump have all said they would do; get rid of all the BS programs, and the BS agencies currently in place. There are over 630 different agencies right now and we don’t need even half of them because they are redundant and overlap each other. That alone will save billions each year.

  2. 75% of my husband and my joint income is from social security, 24% is from a small pension, and 1% is from interest. We have already paid tax on 99% of our income. Will this 99% still be tax exempt? If we have to pay tax on social security and pension, you will lose our support AND the support of most of the seniors we know.

    • I got bad news for you; you are paying taxes right now on EVERYTHING you just mentioned. You can try to deny it, but if you look at your paperwork, you will see that you are. And guess what; when you die they are going to hit you with a death tax! It sucks!!!

      • I agree with Gladys. I DO NOT pay taxes on my SS now and only pay a small amount on my small pension. I opted to have no tax withholding on my SS based on their own worksheet and could probably get away with no withholding on my pension due to my total income and mortgage interest deduction. 14.9% would make a significant difference in my disposable income.

      • I do not pay any income tax whatsoever on social security, my pension check, or interest earned on savings accounts. I do not know where you are getting your information … nothing is withheld from the checks, and I have zero tax liability when I file my tax return. I was an accountant for years. I know all about taxes, 1099 forms, W-2 forms, etc. etc. You have no idea what you are talking about.

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