Friday, February 5, 2016

Simplifying the Federal Tax System


 “...the flat tax would be so simple, you could fill it out on a post card…It would be honest. It would eliminate the principal source of political corruption in Washington — trading loopholes for campaign cash. It would be fair.”

-Steve Forbes

Chapter Six Questions: Here are some things to ponder

You don't have to answer them all, but answer the ones you care about most or add in your own sentiments.

  1. What are five positive effects of simplifying the federal tax system?
  2. Which is the best argument for a simplified tax system?
  3. Do think tax simplification would result in less fraud?
  4. How much time did you spend doing your income tax return last year?
  5. Could federal tax simplification make the job of tax accountants easier?
  6. Were you surprised by anything you saw in Table 6.1; “Who Pays Taxes?”
  7. Do you think a simplified tax system could result in less intimidation of IRS agents?
  8. What do you think of connecting the responsibilities of the 1% to an expansion of the national park system?
  9. What role do you think investigative journalism students like those at Northeastern University can play in the future of tax simplification? 
  10. Do you see a link between tax simplification and greater transparency and responsibility on the part of our federal government?

Tell us how you feel about these thoughts. Share them with your friends and family and get your community involved in the solutions to our world.

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