Ted Cruz pushes for flat tax but wants to abolish the IRS

By David Ferguson
Monday, June 3, 2013 17:06 EDT
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Monday on Fox News Channel, Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX) said that the U.S. should abolish the Internal Revenue Service and charge everyone in the country a “flat tax.”

“We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our taxes on a postcard.” Cruz told Fox’s Eric Bolling in an interview.

“Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, for home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be just a simple, one-page postcard,” he continued.

Cruz insisted that taking “the bureaucrats” out of Washington and the process of collecting taxes would curtain abuses of power by the IRS.

Cruz did not mention what agency will take the place of the IRS when collecting these tax revenues, nor did he allow for the fact that creating a single tax rate on every dollar earned would go even further toward increasing income inequality in the U.S. by lowering taxes on the wealthy and raising them on the poor and middle class.

Bolling, for his part, said that he thinks this is “a fantastic idea.”

Watch the video, embedded below via Fox News:

David Ferguson
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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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