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|December 2006||Taxing Sales Under the FairTax: What Rate Works?|
with Jonathan Haughton, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Alfonso Sanchez-Penalver, David G. Tuerck: w12732
As specified in Congressional bill H.R. 25/S. 25, the FairTax is a proposal to replace the federal personal income tax, corporate income tax, payroll (FICA) tax, capital gains, alternative minimum, self-employment, and estate and gifts taxes with a single-rate federal retail sales tax. The FairTax also provides a prebate to each household based on its demographic composition. The prebate is set to ensure that households pay no taxes net on spending up to the poverty level. Bill Gale (2005) and the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform (2005) suggest that the effective (tax inclusive) tax rate needed to implement H.R. 25 is far higher than the proposed 23% rate. This study, which builds on Gale's (2005) analysis, shows that a 23% rate is eminently feasible and suggests why Ga...
Published: Bachman, Paul, Jonathan Haughton, Laurence Kotlikoff, Alfonso Sanchez-Penalver, David G. Tuerck. “Taxing Sales Under the FairTax – What Rate Works?” Tax Notes (November 2006).