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Replace All Federal Taxes on Income with the Fair Tax Act , HR 25

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District of Columbia, Washington DC Leadership

Jabari Zakiya - State Director
Washington, DC
phone: 202-390-6398
email: jzakiya@mail.com

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Comment by Larry Walters on August 12, 2015 at 8:57pm

WHAT: “Understanding the FAIRtax® Webinar for Aug 2015 and

SPECIAL TOPIC:  “Flat Tax/FAIRtax, What Some Candidates Are Saying”.

Our pressure as voters must be exerted on every House Ways and Means Committee member.

WHEN: Thursday Aug. 27, 2015

TIME:  8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain, and 5 p.m. Pacific

WHERE:  Anywhere your Personal Computer has internet access

This is a LIVE EVENT.  You can ask questions, and all questions will be answered.

Don’t forget to invite new FAIRtax supporters & prospects to participate with you.

Our webinars are vital to educating honest tax payers.  We help build the knowledge base of those on the front lines as well as those wanting to know what the FAIRtax is about.

Join Marc Manieri as he returns as Host and Presenter of the “Understanding the FairTax” webinar series.  

NOTICE:  To participate it is necessary to pre-register at this web link:



Watch for a confirmation email with instructions for logging on.

For additional information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net

Comment by Daniel Dyer on January 20, 2013 at 4:10pm

What if the only tax you pay the federal government

is one you don’t have to calculate or report?

Only the FairTax:

  • treats everyone the same
  • let’s you keep your entire paycheck
  • pays you your taxes if you’re poor
  • doesn’t know whether you’re poor or rich
  • eliminates the IRS and 72,000 pages of tax code
  • costs the government less than 1% to collect
  • brings jobs back to the U.S.

Find out more here.

Comment by Luke Kenworthy on April 15, 2009 at 8:30am
Be at the Treasury Dept. @ 11am-3pm for the Tea Party and support the FairTax!
Comment by Jabari Zakiya on January 23, 2009 at 2:40pm
I had a 43 minute talk today (F 1/23/09 ~1pm) with the Tax LegAid for
new Rep Donna Edwards/MD4/Dem. He was stereotypically ideologicall
oppesed to it, and said Ms Edwards wouldn't probably be a co-sponsor
(what I asked she do).

He brought up the issues of compliance and the ability to raise revenue,
which I addressed in the email I include here below.

However, he did say if people in here district called to say they were
in favor of the FairTax, they would consider looking at it more.

So, I'm asking to get the word out to people in the MD-4 to call Ms Edwards office and tell Nathaniel Tipton they support the FairTax. He also said he didn't want to hear from people bashing the IRS. MD, which has 8 Reps, has Roscoe Bartlett currently as a co-sponsor. Even non-constituents calling will be beneficial, because this guy has no real clue (which we need to demonstrate to him) how much public support the FairTax has.

I also want to tell this group that from W-Th (Jan 21,22) I called all 42
members of the House Ways & Means Committee to ask them to become co-sponsors, or give me feedback on the bill. I mostly left messages. Two W&M members are currently co-sponsors.

Being in DC, I want to start gearing up to take teams of people up on the Hill and start talking to W&M members about the FairTax. All we need are 22 members to vote it out of committee and 218 (out of 435) to vote YES in the House to get it passed there. These are the working number: 22 and 218, and 51 for the Senate.


Hi Nathaniel,

Thanks for taking 43 minutes to engage me in a discussion of the FairTax today.

Here is the url from the www.fairtax.org website which answers questions on revenue neutrality, compliance, et al questions about the FairTax you raised.


The website has a wealth of information on the FairTax in the form of FAQs, direct comparisons to other tax proposals, videos, etc. You name it we got it!

I will send you info on polls, etc. to show you the American public consistently prefers the FairTax over the "income tax" system when becoming informed of the FairTax features and benefits. The FairTax consistently win in these polls.

See the public support of the FairTax here: http://whitehouse2.org/

I've also attached for your convenience a whitepaper I pullled off the FairTax website specifically dealing with compliance issues, which I obtained from the link to that section of the discussion below.

I would hope that you/Ms Edwards would not require that the FairTax be "perfect" before you consider it. NO TAX SYSTEM IS PERFECT! The relevant question is is the FairTax "better" than the present system, and easier to improve if necessary.

Please don't create artificial hoops the FairTax must jump through before you consider supporting it, when it is absolutely clear how complex, dysfunctional, and incomprehensible the current "income tax" system is, which you don't force to jump through those same hoops, in rationalizing its continuance.

Can we at least agree that the "income tax" must be replaced, if not what should replace it?

Again, thank you for your time, and I will keep in contact with you.


Jabari Zakiya
American For Fair Taxation (AFFT)


"The FairTax will not be enforceable and evasion will be rampant"

The truth: More than 80% of all tax returns are eliminated under the FairTax--every individual filing. What remains are retail outlets collecting the FairTax. Of these, 80 percent of all retail sales now occur at large retail chains like Wal-Mart. The point is oversight will still reside under the Treasury Department but the government's responsibility will be over a far smaller "universe" of tax collection points making compliance oversight far less costly and far more effective than the current system which costs $265 billion a year in compliance costs and still comes up $350 billion a year short of what is owed.

Read more information about compliance in the FairTax white paper: FairTax Reduces Complexity, Compliance Costs and Noncompliance.

"The FairTax will not be revenue neutral (i.e. bring in the same revenue as the current system) at 23%"

The truth: The FairTax rate of 23% (when calculated inclusively like income tax rates) has been thoroughly researched to provide all the revenues now collected under both the income tax system and through FICA payroll taxes. Reports otherwise are largely based on the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform which declared the rate would have to be much higher. What the Panel failed to make clear in an amazingly shameless sleight-of-hand is that they never studied the FairTax legislation as it exists in pending legislation. They ignored $22 million of FairTax research and, instead, quietly devised their own national consumption tax which they loaded with the exemptions and deductions they felt were "politically realistic". They also failed to calculate the effects of elimination of the FICA tax on annual taxpayer burdens or on the distributional effects of the FairTax across the income spectrum. Upon completion--and after declaring a national consumption tax flawed--they then refused to publish their underlying assumptions.

For more information on this topic, see these research papers.

* Taxing Sales Under the FairTax - What Rate Works?
* A Comparison of the FairTax Base and Rate
* Comparing Average and Marginal Tax Rates under the FairTax and the Current System of Federal Taxation

"The FairTax is not politically viable"

The truth: Great public policy changes do not happen easily. We believe, however, in the promise of the Founding Fathers that this is a nation, "of, by and for the people". In the last year we have seen more Congressional co-sponsors come on board faster than ever before. We have seen five of eight GOP candidates and one Democratic candidate embrace the FairTax. With increased media coverage, as at least one candidate has made this a central plank of his campaign, more and more Americans have come to understand the powerful benefits the FairTax offers the nation. They are, in turn, joining our growing citizen army and are beginning to communicate their wishes to their elected officials. All of this progress is a consequence of the body politic first learning about and then accepting the FairTax. As our ranks grow such pressure will increase on Members of Congress and at some point, the voice of the people will eclipse the voices of the relatively small number of Washingtonians who profit working the income tax system at great cost to the nation. Enactment of the FairTax will require an activist citizenry and a resurgence of what has been too often forgotten--public policy can and should be driven by the public. All that is required is that we all dare to be fair and remind our elected officials that they work for their constituents--not for the narrow self-interests of the tax writing committee, the lucrative tax lobby business or the academicians who have built careers around the complexity of the tax code.

For more information on this topic, see these research papers:

* Tax Administration and Collection Costs
* A Macroeconomic Analysis of the FairTax Proposal
* An Open Letter to the President, the Congress and the American People
* Fiscal Federalism - The National FairTax and the States

"The FairTax is regressive and shifts the tax burden onto lower and middle income people"

The truth: The FairTax actually eliminates and reimburses all federal taxes for those below the poverty line. This is accomplished through the universal prebate and by eliminating the highly regressive FICA payroll tax. Today, low and moderate income Americans pay far more in FICA taxes than income taxes. Those spending at twice the poverty level pay a FairTax of only 11.5 percent -- a rate much lower than the income and payroll tax burden they bear today. Meanwhile, the wealthy pay the 23 percent retail sales tax on their retail purchases.

Under the federal income tax, slow economic growth and recessions have a disproportionately adverse impact on lower-income families. Breadwinners in these families are more likely to lose their jobs, are less likely to have the resources to weather bad economic times, and are more in need of the initial employment opportunities that a dynamic, growing economy provides. Retaining the present tax system makes economic progress needlessly slow and frustrates attempts at upward mobility through hard work and savings, thus harming low-income taxpayers the most.

In contrast, the FairTax dramatically improves economic growth and wage rates for all, but especially for lower-income families and individuals. In addition to receiving the monthly FairTax prebate, these taxpayers are freed from regressive payroll taxes, the federal income tax, and the compliance burdens associated with each. They pay no more business taxes hidden in the price of goods and services, and used goods are tax free.

How can the FairTax generate lower net tax rates for everyone and still pay for the same real government expenditures? The answer is two-fold. Firstly, the tax base is dramatically widened by including consumer spending from the underground economy (estimated at $1.5 trillion annually), and by including illegal immigrants, those who escape their fair share today through loopholes and gimmicks. In addition, 40 million foreign tourists a year will become American taxpayers as consumers here. Secondly, not everyone's average net tax burden falls. For households whose major economic resource is accumulated wealth, the FairTax will deliver a net tax hike compared to the current system.

Consider, for example, your typical billionaire, of which America now has more than 400. These fortunate few are invested primarily in equities on which they pay taxes at a 15 percent rate, whether their income comes in the form of capital gains or dividends. In addition to having the income from their wealth taxed at a low rate, the principal of their wealth is completely untaxed either directly or indirectly. Assuming they and their heirs spend only the income earned on the wealth each year, the tax rate today is 15 percent. In contrast, under the FairTax, the effective tax rate is 23 percent. Hence, the very wealthy will pay more taxes when the FairTax is enacted. In a nutshell, those who spend more will pay more but low, moderate and middle income taxpayers will benefit from the greatest gains in reduced tax liabilities.

For more information on this topic, see Why the FairTax Will Work.
Comment by Marilyn Rickert on January 21, 2009 at 11:01am
Leadership group link:

Comment by Marilyn Rickert on January 21, 2009 at 11:01am
Hi Jabari!

Please join the National Leadership group on this site and post your Ways & Means message there.

Comment by Jabari Zakiya on January 21, 2009 at 10:39am
Ok. I'll call you later and talk to you about it.

Comment by Marilyn Rickert on January 20, 2009 at 10:07am
Hi Jabari!

I will be in DC for CPAC in Feb. I had an idea, since I will be in town, what if we hold a FairTax meeting? I could see if there is a meeting room at my hotel for Wed. Feb. 25 or Sunday March 1. A lot of FT leadership should be in town. Please let me know what you think.

Marilyn Rickert

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