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Editorial Reviews

One of the most complicated and invasive systems we face as Americans is the IRS. Congressman John Linder and radio host Neal Boortz have made it their duty to not only help Americans understand our system, but to see how broken it is and what we can do to fix it. Performed by the fiery Boortz, himself, The FairTax Book is an educational and entertaining audiobook that easily explains just what we should do to fix our broken tax system. Whether you are simply interested in the economy or you're a cursing storm come April 15th, The FairTax Book is a must listen.

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Wouldn't you love to abolish the IRS...Keep all the money in your paycheck...Pay taxes on what you spend, not what you earn...And eliminate all the fraud, hassle, and waste of our current system?

Then the FairTax is for you. In the face of the outlandish American tax burden, talk-radio firebrand Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder are leading the charge to phase out our current, unfair system and enact the FairTax Plan, replacing the federal income tax and withholding system with a simple 23 percent retail sales tax on new goods and services. This dramatic revision of the current system, which would eliminate the reviled IRS, has already caught fire in the American heartland, with more than six hundred thousand taxpayers signing on in support of the plan.

As Boortz and Linder reveal in this first book on the FairTax, this radical but eminently sensible plan would end the annual national nightmare of filing income tax returns, while at the same time enlarging the federal tax base by collecting sales tax from every retail consumer in the country. The FairTax, they argue, would transform the fearsome bureaucracy of the IRS into a more transparent, accountable, and equitable tax collection system. Among other benefits, it will:

  • Make America's tax code truly voluntary, without reducing revenue
  • Replace today's indecipherable tax code with one simple sales tax
  • Protect lower-income Americans by covering the tax on basic necessities
  • Eliminate billions of dollars in embedded taxes we don't even know we're paying
  • Bring offshore corporate dollars back into the U.S. economy

Endorsed by scores of leading economists and supported by a huge and growing grassroots movement, the FairTax Plan could revolutionize the way America pays for itself. In this straight-talking book, Neal Boortz and John Linder show you how it would work, and how you can help make it happen.

©2005 Neal Boortz and John Linder; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Paul W.
  • Montgomery, AL, United States
  • 10-30-05

The most important book I've owned in a while

Utterly fantastic. This is what political argument should be at all times. well documented, well researched, and tested. This is the how political activism can really make a difference.

The real flaw with the Money magazine article is that all formalized pay structures are set before taxes. The government isn't going to pay military members less because they don't have to pay social security taxes anymore and neither is wal mart, micorsoft, or any other small business owner. This argument is addressed in the book, and I doubt the two reviewers knocking this plan read/listened to this book.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Richmond, VA, USA
  • 11-04-05

An amazing idea and a fun read.

This book is very nicely narrated and easy to understand. Bortz conveys the Fair Tax Plan with humor and clear examples. It doesn't get too dry or boring and I'd highly recommend it to any business owner or anyone sick of dealing with the IRS. Money Magazine supports the idea if you read their entire article, and the supposed flaw does not exist! Businesses do not get to save and keep the payroll tax of their employees under the Fair Tax Plan. They just no longer remit them to the government. Employees keep getting the same salaries and they get the payroll taxes that used to be remitted to Washington. One of the key arguments in the book and an economic truism is that businesses do not pay taxes, they pass them on to the consumer! Businesses will be able to cut the cost of their goods because they will not have to pay for income tax, social security tax, tax on the raw materials to produce goods, tax attorneys and planners, lobbyists, or as many accountants. Finished goods will become less expensive to produce because less tax burden will have to be passed on to the consumer. Businesses will not have to cut salaries and the tax burden is not shifted to the poor. The book and Money Magazine clearly state that the tax burden would be shifted to the rich! The rich will no longer have loopholes and shelters available to avoid paying their share. The same goes for criminals and other tax cheaters.

That said, it is not a perfect plan. My main concern is that services would be taxed, so service companies may suffer a hit as they have to submit significantly larger bills to other businesses and the public. On the other hand, it also does a lot to solve the outsourcing problem that everyone is concerned about. Read the book, do your homework and decide for yourself. If you think it would be great to have no IRS, to really know how much you are paying in taxes, and to limit the politician's ability to impose new hidden taxes on you, then check it out.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant and Simple

With all due respect to the previous poster, I looked high and low for additional corroboration to the assertion that the FairTax will drive down wages as he pointed out from an article in Money Magazine, but was unable to find such evidence. I'll certainly take him at his word that at least one writer at Money is against the plan.

On the other hand, many other esteemed economists favor plan and the FairTax will be responsible for at least 10 other beneficial effects to the American economy and us citizens. Further, the FairTax goes to great pains to ensure that the poor and working poor will not be burdened when buying essentials with the introduction of the prebate.

People-- listen to this book! Draw your own conclusions. It's only 5 hours. It's informative in many other ways besides explaining the FairTax (like, for example, why we NEED the FairTax), and it's even somewhat entertaining. Neal Boortz reads the book in a lively manner.

This is one of the most important issues that face our nation. Last time we had faced this kind of an issue we fought a war over it. Now we can solve these problems at the ballot box. But only if we educate ourselves on the subject.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Death to the IRS

If you want to know the best solution to becoming a wealthier nation then read this book. Don't let the goverment trick you into thinking you earned a tax return. You didn't earn a tax return, you earned a living and the goverment took way more then what was due them. And even though your getting some of it back, you are still getting the shaft.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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good stuff! Hope it can become reality soon!

This was an interesting book about a workable alternative to income tax and the entire IRS. What a concept. What a waste of time the annual ordeal is! Buy it! Read it! Pass it on. I'm glad one of my senators supports it! I'm voting for him! Keep smiling,
Ron

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anthony
  • Jonesboro, GA, USA
  • 10-27-05

Let;s Do It!

What an excellent idea. Like with most drastic changes, there will be detractors,skeptics, naysayers, and indeed, problems. But, this idea for reforming our ineffective, abusive, and unfair tax system is the best I've come across. It's realistic, attainable, and the plan's developers seem to have thought of most contingencies. Short, easy read, and the idea needs to get out there!

10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Get Rid of the IRS!!! now

This audiobook will open your eyes and make you scream.....Why are we doing what we're doing! Every citizen of the United States needs to listen to this audiobook (I don't think reading this book would have as much impact). The idea will blow you away....!!! Listen and get on board and let your political leaders know how you feel. (By the way, this is not a political book, it is simply about fair taxation). Extremely well written/read by the author, clear, concise and entertaining all in one.

Highly recommended!
Diane
Massachusetts (a.k.a. Taxachusetts)

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Every one need s to listen to this great book every one needs a copy

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Everyone should read and support!

Awesome book! This is something that could help fix our country and economy! Call you elected official and put pressure to support this!

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100% in support of the message this book offers.

excellent commentary, and insight for a growing support against the tyranny that is the internal revenue service.