The U.S. income tax system
for years has come under varying levels of scrutiny. With the attempts by different
organizations in the past trying to affect a change, these attempts now seem to
have converged on apparent the success of one group. Its called Citizens for an
Alternative Tax System, known as CATS. |
Across the county people
of all political persuasions are rallying around the idea of getting rid of the
IRS and the income tax code with something that makes sense. Not surprisingly,
when the battles of left-right politics are removed from the equation, the civic
spirit of togetherness is allowed to emerge -- AND, in that atmosphere, good ideas
CAN prevail. CATS is at the center of this revival. Now theyĂre not saying that
they want to stop paying taxes, just how it's done. The economics of our income
tax system has been under assault recently by some of the best economists and
tax experts. They say that the current tax system slows economic growth, produces
chronic inflation and discourages savings and enterprise.
and politicians have long agreed that our current system of taxation is so complex
and so anti-individual wealth that it can't be fixed. They say it puts America
at a disadvantage in world trade with nations who have moderate, simpler tax systems,
systems that encourage and promote capitalism. Well today we have a story for
you that will touch not only the essence of your belief system, but also your
bank account, if you choose to act.
The overwhelming response from citizens
and politicians alike has encouraged this once small organization to grow to expand
its reach and influence out to all Americans with this new solution to taxation.
And as the 2000 election campaign shifts into higher gear, it's likely we'll hear
a lot more about this topic. It's called the National Retail Sales Tax, otherwise
known as Consumption Tax.
The experts say that the current tax system
is a maze of 2,000 pages of the IRS code, 12,000 pages of regulations and over
200,000 pages of court rulings. Economists agree the income tax system punishes
work, savings and investment, three ingredients to a growing economy. And nearly
any taxpayer can relate at least one horror story about dealing with rude, intrusive
representatives of the IRS.
The National Retail Sales Tax Act of
1997 is the first bill in U.S. history to offer American taxpayers relief from
the mind-numbing confusion and chilling invasion of privacy that is our federal
income tax system. Well now the experts think that we can finally be free from
"We have an issue here that is igniting the citizen into
action. I have been all over the country talking about scrapping the tax code
and going to the National Retail Sales Tax and I am convinced that there already
exists a consensus that this new tax system would be far superior to what we now
have. In no small way we have CATS to thank for this citizen interest and impact
on Congress", says one prominent CATS member .
CATS says that the choice
is yours. You, as a taxpayer and voter, they say, can create a future where income
tax withholding from your paycheck is a thing of the past. Where all Americans
can accumulate their own financial assets instead of giving 50% of everything
they earn to a distant bureaucrat who keeps most of it to expand the bureaucracy
and then decides who deserves a chunk of your money. ItĂs a matter of having the
right idea, the National Retail Sales Tax - and having enough citizen unity to
impinge on the political process and bring about this change.
hardest thing in the world to understand is the Income Tax."
- Albert Einstein |
long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a|
of being right." -Thomas Paine
is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is
a dangerous servant and a fearful master!" -George
CATS Representative: "Someone might say this is a bold move, but who's to tell
the American people how to run their own country. After all, government exists
because of us. Good government would unite its people and empower them financially,
not confiscate half of their money and use it as a power tool.
The national retail sales tax eliminates the existing income tax code- all of
it. No more April 15th, no more withholding from your paycheck. You determine
when and how much tax you pay by your own spending habits. The cost of government
is no longer hidden in the price of everything we buy. We take the power tool
out of their hands and give it back to the people who can use it to create our
future prosperity. Government can only redistribute wealth. Individuals, through
their own productivity are the only source of prosperity and they should have
control of their own resources. We believe that a move to the National Retail
Sales Tax will add fuel to the already growing consensus to significantly lower
How do we accomplish our goal, with our booklet containing
the Seven Step Program for Citizen Action. These are the actions, done by thousands
of Americans, that are bringing about this change. And, also through the internet.
It is a power distributive tool for education and political communication".