We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The government has no business knowing how much money I make or how I make it. I'd so much rather have a consumption tax. It's terrible to me that the whole of the federal government can come bearing down on a single individual because he might have filed incorrectly. Let the states do income taxation and the federal government get any 'tax' sent directly to them from the states. That way I have the protection as the citizen of my state and the feds would have to go through my governor, Senator, representative...
Of the 3 common forms of personal taxation, I have the least objection to a sales tax. Property taxes mean that you never truly own your property. Income tax means you never truly own your labor. At least a sales tax occurs at a transaction, most of which are completely voluntary.
As for federal taxation, my perfect world would have no personal taxation at the federal level. With a repeal of the 17th amendment, we could have the federal government funded by the states themselves. This would facilitate several checks on the size and power of the federal government. First the states would have an incentive to fight for 9th and 10th amendment power issues instead of letting the feds take their budget and skim off as much as they want only to return it in the form of restricted spending such as highway or education dollars. It would allow each state and their citizens to decide the best form(s) of personal taxation for themselves. It would focus individuals on their state rather than trying to leverage power through the feds over other people in other states.
Alas, I live in reality. I think a federal sales tax replacing a federal income tax is imminently more achievable. I'm also a pessimist and believe it's far more likely that we'll just get saddled with both.
Yes a national sales tax or VAT in place of federal income taxes. But everyone pays it. Government agencies, charities, churches schools, SNAP recipients, everyone AND it includes food and medicine but not real estate.
I do not favor high corporate taxes but I am in favor of everyone paying taxes. Sweet heart deals that favor some corporations should not be allowed. But corporate taxes are self defeating. The corporation doesn't really "pay" them they simply transfer the money from the consumer to the government. But the stupid are easily impressed with the concept of taxing corporations so tax them we must. But higher corporate taxes will make the businesses uncompetitive so they will either downsize or move off shore. Neither of these alternatives benefit the government or the citizens who want higher corporate taxes but the downside is sufficiently difficult for either group to understand so raise corporate taxes we must. And years down the road after bad recessions and our leaders telling us "those jobs will never come back" we will once again elect a businessman who will cut corporate taxes and bring us a booming economy and jobs for everyone and the socialist will find some way to stop him.