All of the participants at a town hall meeting Monday agreed that America’s current system of taxation doesn’t work and needs to be scrapped.
Where they differed was on what should replace it.
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, moderated a debate between Steven L. Curtis, an advocate for the “fair tax” — a national sales tax — and Curtis Dubay, who spoke in favor of a flat income-tax rate for all Americans.
About 100 people attended the event, held at the McDonald Marlite Conference Center in New Philadelphia.
Johnson opened the session by declaring that the current tax code is too big, too complex and “too onerous for the American people.” He said he favors abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, adding that if it were replaced, billions of dollars would be saved every year.
Without speaking on behalf of the fair tax or flat tax, Johnson said, “Anything is better than what we’ve got today.”
Curtis, state director for Ohio Fair Tax group, then outlined how the fair tax would work . .
IRS used only for political and social control, should be replaced with FairTax
Now is the time, more than ever, for us, the people, to act and let our congressperson hear our voice. The Internal Revenue Service’s recent incident is a catalyst that we must use to remove unfair taxes imposed on us, the people. In fact, we should remove the IRS from the tax picture, as it is only used for political and social control.