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James Lankford on Tax Reform

 

 


Lower taxes, lower spending, simplified tax system

The conversation in DC centers on needing more "revenue." The conversation should be about spending less and changing the way we tax. There's no question that the system MUST be simplified, and we must spend money more efficiently.

I propose changing our system from taxing income to taxing consumption with the FairTax. The FairTax eliminates the income tax, estate tax, corporate tax, and payroll tax and replaces it with a simple system of an across-the-board consumption tax for all Americans.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, jameslankford.com, "Issues" , Jan 23, 2010

Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes.

Lankford signed Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge"

Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Source: Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" 10-ATR on Aug 12, 2010

Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax.

Lankford co-sponsored Fair Tax Act of 2011

    Congress finds the Federal income tax--
  1. retards economic growth and has reduced the standard of living
  2. impedes the international competitiveness of US industry
  3. reduces savings and investment by taxing income multiple times
  4. slows the capital formation necessary for real wages to steadily increase
  5. lowers productivity
  6. imposes unacceptable and unnecessary administrative and compliance costs
  7. is unfair and inequitable
  8. unnecessarily intrudes upon the privacy and civil rights of US citizens
  9. impedes upward social mobility.
    Findings Relating to National Sales Tax- Congress finds further that a broad-based national sales tax on goods and services purchased for final consumption--
  1. is similar in many respects to the sales and use taxes in place in 45 of the 50 States
  2. will promote savings and investment
  3. will promote fairness
  4. will promote economic growth
  5. will raise the standard of living
  6. will increase investment
  7. will enhance productivity and international competitiveness
  8. will reduce administrative burdens on the American taxpayer
  9. will improve upward social mobility; and
  10. will respect the privacy interests and civil rights of taxpayers.
Source: H.R.25 11-HR025 on Jan 5, 2011

Permanently repeal the estate tax.

Lankford co-sponsored Death Tax Repeal Act

Congressional Summary:

OnTheIssues Explanation: At the end of 2010, the temporary one-year suspension of the estate tax ended. This bill proposes to make it permanent, with zero exemption. The "exemption" means the amount one can inherit without taxation. In 2009 the rate was 45% and the exemption amount was $3.5 million. On January 1, 2010 a "one year repeal" of the tax was effectuated by a temporary, one-year-only rate of 0%. On January 1, 2011 the estate tax is scheduled to a top rate of 35% and the exemption amount is scheduled to be $5 million, or $10 million for married couples.

Source: HR143&HR177 11-HR143 on Jan 5, 2011

Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Lankford signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge against raising taxes

[The ATR, Americans for Tax Reform, run by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, ask legislators to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in each election cycle. Their self-description:]

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. Since its rollout in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts. Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. More than 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge.

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge: "I pledge to the taxpayers of my district and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Opponents' Opinion (from wikipedia.com):In Nov. 2011, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed that Congressional Republicans "are being led like puppets by Grover Norquist. They're giving speeches that we should compromise on our deficit, but never do they compromise on Grover Norquist. He is their leader." Since Norquist's pledge binds signatories to opposing deficit reduction agreements that include any element of increased tax revenue, some Republican deficit hawks now retired from office have stated that Norquist has become an obstacle to deficit reduction. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, has been particularly critical, describing Norquist's position as "no taxes, under any situation, even if your country goes to hell."

Source: Taxpayer Protection Pledge 12-ATR on Jan 1, 2012

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