Monday, October 18, 2004

No flaming bag of dog poop award for you!

And this is why I'll vote for him again.

-----Original Message-----
From: Opinion@coleman.senate.gov [mailto:Opinion@coleman.senate.gov]
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 2:21 PM

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your support for a
national sales tax. I appreciate your attention to this important
national issue.

At the present time, there are a number of legislative proposals that
would replace the tax code with a national sales tax. For instance,
Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has introduced legislation that would
replace the individual income tax, the corporate income tax, the payroll
tax, the self-employment tax and the estate and gift tax with a 23
percent national sales tax. In addition, a bill authored by now retired
Representative Billy Tauzin (R-LA) would repeal both the individual and
corporate income tax, the estate and gift tax and some of the federal
excise taxes and put in place a 15 percent national sales tax.

I understand your concerns regarding the complexity of our tax code. In
1955, there were 744,000 words in the tax code. By 2000 this number grew
to 6.9 million. Currently, there are 325 separate forms to be filled
out, and taxpayers spend more than 5.8 billion hours each year preparing
them. In addition, estimates are that taxpayers spend almost $200
billion each year in complying with the tax laws. There is no doubt
that the tax code and the forms are burdensome, onerous, and unduly
complicated. The vast majority of Americans now require professional
help to fill out a tax return.

You may be interested to know that during the consideration of the Jobs
and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, I supported a sense of
the Senate urging the Senate Finance Committee and the Congressional
Joint Economic Committee to undertake a comprehensive analysis of tax
simplification, including the national sales tax, and to hold
appropriate hearings on the issue.

Please know that I will continue to be an advocate of simplifying and
streamlining the tax code at every opportunity, and will continue to
support alternatives such as a national sales tax.

Thank you once again for contacting me. I value your advice. If I can
be of further assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

Senator Norm Coleman


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