BEEF Poll: “What Is The Fairest Tax System?”

Tuesday was the federal tax filing deadline. In honor of the occasion, this week’s online poll question at beef magazine.com is: “Which would be the fairest tax system?” Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section after voting.

 

Discuss this poll 48

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Sales tax on everything that is bought. That puts people to growing,raising,making and using things to save money. Those that use more pay more. Those that spend more pay more.
Delos Thompson

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Why would my comment show up as anonymous when you have my name in the box. but you don't have my name on this one? Sometimes you do???
John R. Dykers, Jr.

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

May we each be responsible for ourselves and ever mindful of the needs of other. John Dykers

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

For us in Agriculture, instead of all the farm bill program I wish they would just give us income averaging over a 5-7 year period. They help Dairy and it hurts beef, corn and it hurt other forages producers. This would treat us all the same regardless what we produce.

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Flat Tax on gross income, that way every dollar earned by wealthy and middle income is taxed, at half of 1% on gross income the IRS would collect more than they do now. Sales tax is just a tax on the working people, they spend everything to survive, so every dollar is taxed. A million dollar income might only spend $200,000.00 to live,therefore the other $800,000.00 gets put into the bank tax free!

Anonymous
on Apr 24, 2014

No deductions on expenditures, so I don't buy equipment. No jobs for the workers.

fishhook

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

I say the Fair Tax and also a Capital Gains tax. We want those people who have enough money to invest it to put it into something that is going to produce something besides Capital Gains for the guy who has lots of money and bigger profits for the company that already has a large share of the market. I.E. invest is something small that will put more people to work. Capital Gains is generally investing in a big company and big companies are NOT the source of jobs. SMALL companies create a LOT more jobs than big companies. Putting everyone to WORK is what will make the entire show do better.

Anonymous
on Apr 24, 2014

Crying shame. Old farm family, never did anything but farm for income. Now old. Would like to enjoy their few years left on this earth and cannot afford to sell because of capital gains.

fishhook

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

The current tax system is only a modification of the original 1913 tax which our forefathers created. Meanwhile, the economic structure has had 100 years of evolution. It is well past the time for an update - and rid the US of an old outdated thought process.

Anonymous
on Apr 24, 2014

CHANGE and how is that Obama working for you?

fishhook

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Exclude food and adopt a user-pay national sales tax. Not only would tax collection be fair to everyone based on what they consume, but we might begin to switch the mindset of many from consumerism to conservatism.

Most importantly cut most federal programs until they bleed--or die--and then by constitutional amendment, force the government to have a balanced budget every year!

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Hear! Hear! Plus, you catch the drug dealers and other tax dodgers, and ENCOURAGE rather than penalize savings and investment.

on Apr 23, 2014

Do not exclude food.

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Correct the IRS's and their BAD issues.

on Apr 23, 2014

Our “elected” ruling class is not going to loosen the iron grip they have on us with our current tax system and the enforcers of fear at the IRS. Never going to happen.

Anonymous
on Apr 19, 2014

Flat tax would be fair for everybody, everyone will have skin in the game

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

A sales tax is too regressive and how do you not include services if we are a service economy. Would a flat tax be on gross income? There is always a question of what is a legitimate expense and what is a loophole. There are a lot of experts in favor of a value added tax which be very hard on those of us in primary industries. Better the devil you know.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

a flat tax would be best if you made 1 dollar or 1 million dollar you would pay accordingly

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

As discussed on other comments the FAIR tax, similar to that proposed by former congressman John Linder (R-GA), is understandable, efficient, and effective. The Linder et.al. proposal has about 60 congressional co-sponsors.

It would allow a "national sales tax", it would tax only consumption, it would capture most of the taxable transactions in the economy, and the government revenues are forecast to be even higher than the current level. There are other important positives as well.

What's not to like about the FAIR tax? Almost nothing...

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

The fair tax is best. The fair tax does not tax inflation and the accumulation of wealth like our current system. I would make Wall Street invest in companies that make a profit and pay dividends because it does not reward debt. The biggest plus is that it does not let Government manipulate business and personal behavior with tax breaks. Big government does not know best.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

A combination of a 1% national sales tax on ALL goods plus a flat 10% income tax on ALL income without any deductions would be the fairest and easiest for ALL Americans and would involve everyone.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

we don't want a flat tax we want THE FAIRTAX which abolishes the irs it's hr25

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

None of the above! A reasonable graduated tax system is what is needed, minus all the tax breaks that allow the rich to pay a lower percentage of their income in taxes than do most middle class tax payers. Today's tax brackets are about right, but when a person like Mitt Romney with an income of over $200 million pays only 15 percent in income taxes it is obvious that he and those like him are playing with a very different set of rules.

Keith Evans

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Half the people in America pay NO Income tax at all and you are going to complain that Romney only paid $30 million dollars in taxes?

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

You're right. I seem to recall that during the last campaign Romney's charitable giving put all the tax and spend Democrats to shame.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

The Fair Tax is the best, farist tax I have ever heard of.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

you are right bill hr 25

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Fair Tax is better as it does away w/ the IRS

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

A National Sales Tax would be fair, but only if we do away with the IRS. Must get rid of the IRS!!!!! With a National Sales Tax, and no IRS, everyone would have a stake in the game. There would be no cheating. You buy (above the poverty line) you pay. If business had not tax, money would flow into the US, to shelter and grow.

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

The problem is HOW to do it. My recommendation; a national sales tax (which my Daddy called a 'fix your own tax' because you decided by your own spending; he graduated the sales tax by how 'luxurious' the item - a bit dicey I think but laudable)
A Single Rate Tax (stop calling it 'flat'- make more pay more ain't flat) would probably be 15-17% depending on how much sales tax, AND LEAVE THE PRESENT SYSTEM ALONE, warts and all, and ALLOW EACH TAXPAYER TO DECIDE THE SYSTEM they want to use. This way we are not destroying the ability to plan; business models started with this complex mess can keep it if they want. BUT ALL NEW TAXPAYERS GO ON THE SINGLE RATE SYSTEM with NO deductions. My bet is that the IRS would rapidly atrophy into extinction and the 'Code' so complex that nobody knows what it says would die of its own accord.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

house bill hr 25 does away with the IRS tell your rep to co-sponcer it

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Can anyone reading the tax code understand it? Can anyone explain it to us? FLAT TAX is simple and cuts cheating to a minimum.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

The IRS code is way to complicated and not fair to ALL Americans anymore. Time to clean it up and make it more user friendly.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Do you really think the politicians will change the tax system and give up all that power?

on Apr 18, 2014

It's a long shot, for sure, but we wanted to check cattle producers' reactions to the same question posed in a poll by Investor's Business Daily. You can see those results here: http://beefmagazine.com/regulation/industry-glance-public-attitudes-curr...

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Typical poll. All the choices are bad.
A head tax. No sales tax and no flat tax and the current system is just plain unjust and cruel. And dump the tarrifs and excise taxes. I should not have to be the nations uncompensated tax collector for either the payrolls taxes or a sales tax. Get rid of the regressive real estate taxes to. I should be able to own property and not have the county as the first lien holder. I own myself, the government has no right to a claim on my labor in a free society. If the government finds it difficult to collect a head tax then it is too high. Have the due date for a head tax the first Monday in November. The day before you vote.

Anonymous
on Apr 23, 2014

Sooo, really a poll tax. Don't everybody laugh, it is a concept that is very different from our current state of mind, but has philosophical and economic foundations to support it.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

I'm not sure if the sales tax or the flat tax would be better.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Not having debated the sales tax, I believe those that have the money and do spend for, especially luxury items should pay more. At least one state I know of does have twice the property tax too, for a second, non-primary residence, like beach home.

on Apr 18, 2014

I like the National sales tax idea. It would allow you to plan and grow. As you consumed you'd be paying your fair share. The current system penalizes low income workers trying to be more productive. Why work if everything is taken away at the end of the year?

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Yes definitley. CH Roye

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

I favor a flat tax system although it would destroy the jobs of many tax accountants--but save taxpayers that money too.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

National sales tax makes sure everyone pays their taxes. Give a subsistance refund to eveyone to take care of the poorer folk. It's been criticized for being an "additional" tax but the point is income tax no longer exist. You start with more in your pocket and pay tax based on your consumption above "necessaries". Takes power away from the bureaucrats!

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

The fair tax!

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

i would support a national sales tax but puchase of food products would need to be excluded.

on Apr 23, 2014

Include food. That way "everybody" pays.

Anonymous
on Apr 18, 2014

Everyone would pay something based on their ability, and this would get rid of freeloaders in this country not paying anything.

on Apr 23, 2014

Where would they go?

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