Is income tax the best way?


April 15, 2010 at 10:16 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

April 15 is perhaps the most dreaded day of the year in America. It is the day citizens must wrap up an exasperating analysis of their incomes that must be reported on their federal income tax returns.

Some spend days or weeks in trying to get the figures right and others resort to various methods of cutting the numbers to reduce their obligations. It’s not a true science, by any means, and in many cases it is far from a valid analysis of who should pay how much.


A national sales tax to support the federal government financially would be much simpler. Whether or not it could be made a fair way to do it is the question.


This has been proposed by Presidential candidates in the past but instead we have just resorted to making the income tax system more complicated and aggravating.


Maybe it’s time to explore the possibility of replacing the income tax with a national sales tax. A new Congress taking office in January should consider it.


And if they are successful, we could set aside April 15 in memory of the time and money we spent to determine how much income tax we had to pay in the past. It would make life so much easier in these United States of America.




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