Rep. Graves: It's Time To Pass The Fair Tax

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

 Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) released the following statement today on tax day, urging Congress to pass the Fair Tax.  H.R. 25, or the Fair Tax Act, that he said "would replace the complicated U.S. tax code with a simpler, streamlined tax system by shifting the federal government’s taxation system from income-based to consumption-based revenue collection."

He said, “Today, as millions of Americans are writing yet another check to Uncle Sam, we are reminded of how little of our own money we’re actually able to keep and reinvest into the American economy.

  Now, more than ever, America needs to implement a more efficient and fairer tax system in order to increase economic freedom and spur economic growth.  It’s time to pass the Fair Tax

“The current U.S. tax code is unfair, costly, and unreasonably confusing.  It also hampers financial opportunity, allows for massive loopholes, and encourages politicians and lobbyists to pick winners and losers.  Bottom line:  It’s unfair to the American people.  The Fair Tax would not only level the playing field for all Americans, it would also increase our competitiveness in the global marketplace, helping to boost the economy and attract jobs and businesses to the United States.  President Obama repeatedly says every American should pay their ‘fair share’ in federal taxes.  There is no simpler solution to solving this issue than the Fair Tax.”



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