Fair Not Flat: How to Make the Tax System Better and Simpler

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QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
ON THE FAIR NOT FLAT TAX

This book covers a lot of ground, and most readers probably have many questions and comments by now. The following pages address what I expect to be the most common ones based on my years of experience in teaching, discussing, and writing about tax reform. Because I've surely missed some important concerns, I invite you to write or e-mail me with yours at emccaffe@law.usc.edu. I'll try to get back to you, and I'll include the most pressing new questions, comments, and objections in subsequent editions of this book.

First Things First: The Basic Principles of the Fair Not Flat Tax 118
Why Should We Tax Consumption? 118
Why Progressivity? 123

The Harder Part: Details, Details, Details 129
Exemptions and Deductions 130
Interest and Debt 132
Housing and Other Consumer Durables 134
The National Sales Tax or VAT 138
The Rebate 140
Accommodating Families 143
Trust Accounts 145

The Really Hard Part: Getting There 151
Fears and Doubts about the Fair Not Flat Tax 151
Tax and Morality 156
Taking the Final Steps 158

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