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The Simply. Tax. Us. blog is written by dedicated FAIRtax activist Donald Koop in an effort to explain, encourage, and energize people who may be unfamiliar with the FAIRtax. Be sure to check back regularly for great original content! All opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Americans for Fair Taxation, its members, or the AFFT Board of Directors.


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How do we convince Congress to pass real reform?

Posted By Donald Koop, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Congress made a major mistake by not even considering a consumption-based tax plan in 2017.  Those of us who supported that change failed to create enough support among voters to pressure the tax-writers to do what is right.


Replacing the recent “reform” will be more difficult now because of the momentum it enjoys.  Although it’s just a major tax cut surrounded by window dressing, many would resist “doing it all over again” so soon.  On the other hand, it’s not yet embedded in everything we do.


We’ve got to quickly give taxpayers something to get excited about: a tax system they would barely have to think about.  Imagine, shopping and paying your taxes at the same time!  Once that sets in the rest is a matter of numbers.  Shop>>>>Pay Your Taxes!


There are 535 Members of Congress.  There are tens of millions of taxpayers.  Those are pretty good odds to get what we want if we can get our act together, get the word out, and make sure Congress hears us.

We need to unite, in a coordinated way, such that our desire for a consumption-based tax cannot be ignored.  I’ll say more about that in my next blog.

The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Fair Taxation.

Tags:  consumption-based tax  reform 

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What meets the requirements of real reform?

Posted By Donald Koop, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Now that I’ve specified a consumption tax as meeting the desirable characteristics of real tax reform, it’s time to suggest how to meet that goal.

Of all the candidates’ proposals in 2016, only one met the goals I outlined: the FAIRtax by Gov. Huckabee.  Neither he nor his proposal got very far among the cacophony of deductions, exemptions, short-term, long-term, capital gains, brackets, child tax credit, carried interest, earned tax credit, corporate taxes, pass-through taxes, and on and on.

The “reform” in 2017 stemmed from that cacophony. 

Explaining why the simple FAIRtax should replace it can be complicated. I prefer to make a case for a consumption tax (as exemplified by the FAIRtax) rather than calling for the FAIRtax (a consumption tax).

Making the case for us, Congress and its critics are wrestling with aspects of the “reform” that make it decidedly un-simple, un-fair, un-durable, and fiscally un-responsible:

·        farmers who sell grain to a co-operative pay lower taxes than those who sell it elsewhere,

·        it’s not clear what kinds of pass-through income sources qualify for a lower rate,

·        there is a slew of tax breaks for the favored few.

Such aspects will keep on coming. Paraphrasing a slogan often used to describe what’s wrong with something, “It’s the taxing of income, stupid!”

In my next blog I’ll suggest how we should bring about the replacement.

The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Fair Taxation.

Tags:  Consumption tax  FAIRtax  reform 

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What would be real reform?

Posted By Donald Koop, Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Real reform would be something that is simple, fair, durable, fiscally-responsible, and safe: A consumption tax!

It's as simple as can be.  Many of us do it all the time at the state and local level.  Buy the item, pay for it plus the tax, and be done with it.

It's fair because there are no winners and losers.  All pay the same rate anonymously.  Some claim this should not be the case and there are ways to moderate the tax rate to assist lower income families.

It's durable because it would greatly reduce one of the primary sources of bills filed in Congress: those aimed at modifying the tax code in some way.  These changes are often to satisfy the desires of lobbyists to advantage their clients.

It's fiscally-responsible because it costs relatively little to collect it.  A giant IRS is not required.

It's safe because there are no pre-payments (“withholding”), nor returns with payments and SS numbers, nor refunds of over-payments, all available to be stolen.  And no calls threatening fines for “non-payment.”

Now you know the “what;” in my next blog I describe “how.”

The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Fair Taxation.

Tags:  Consumption-based tax  Tax reform 

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Why replace the "reform?"

Posted By Donald Koop, Friday, March 2, 2018

Why replace a “brand new” income tax code?

Because it isn’t reform; it’s tinkering.  Congress pretty much adjusted all of the variables that have been built into the tax code over the decades.  The big one, corporate tax rates, went down this time.  So did personal tax rates, as usual in different amounts for different income levels.  Exemptions went up; deductions went down.  That’s how to “reform” a century-old tax code!

The so-called “reform” forced upon us was primarily a tax cut.  That’s good.  But an income tax isn’t the only format where taxes can be cut. 

Corporate taxes were cut to 21%.  That’s good.  People pay those taxes anyway, so it should have been reduced to 0%. 

A lot of complications were removed.  That’s good.  But a lot of complications remain.  Changes are still being made to counteract unintended outcomes, to make winners out of unintended losers and vice-versa.  The work of re-complicating it is already underway.

Unlike the recent result, we should have a system that is simple, fair, durable, fiscally responsible, and safe.  The “new” code is none of these.

In my next post I’ll suggest what should be the replacement.


The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Fair Taxation.

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They beat us!

Posted By Donald Koop, Sunday, February 25, 2018

Who beat us?  Congress, who correctly recognized that the American taxpayers deserved tax reform but did it in a way that leaves themselves as the power brokers and "reform" still a dream.

How?  Because American taxpayers failed to rise up in indignation over Congress’ refusal to even consider a consumption-based tax over the one-hundred-year-old income-based tax.

Why?  Because we were not organized enough to fight the power structure nor to attract the kind of support that should exist for a completely different kind of taxation.

Now what?   We must inform, attract, and mobilize enough people to put a consumption-based tax on the minds of millions of voters and taxpayers.  One way is to attract and connect large numbers of people to the FAIRtax USA website.  We need to do something different to accomplish this.

In my next post I will discuss why we need to do this.


The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans for Fair Taxation.

Tags:  consumption-based tax  FAIRtax USA  Tax reform 

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A New Beginning

Posted By Donald Koop, Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thanks for being curious enough to visit my blog.  This is the first of what I hope will be a long series.

A word about the name of my blog.  In the run-up to the 2016 election, my website partner and I opted to take a hiatus from advocacy to evaluate the tax “reform” proposals put forth by all of the candidates.  Eventually, we formed an opinion on what would be the best approach and created the motto, “Simply tax us,” by taking words from several descriptors:

Simply – in an uncomplicated, easy to understand way

Tax – to raise revenue, not to promote certain behaviors or to create winners and losers

Us – as the payers of last resort, not intermediate tax collectors, such as corporations, who then recover those costs in the prices of their goods and services.

I have been charged with bringing tax reform supporters to this FAIRtax USA connections website.  I intend to do that by commenting on the deficiencies in the current (new) income-based tax code, pointing out what could be dramatically improved by switching to a consumption-based tax, and explaining how an available alternative plan would accomplish that.


In my next posts I will begin the process of laying out where we need to be and how to get there.


The views expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Americans For Fair Taxation.

Tags:  Consumption-based tax  FAIRtax USA  Tax reform 

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