Rep. Steve King: Nuke the IRS

Friday, 15 Apr 2011 12:04 PM

By Dan Weil

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On April 15 each year, many Americans would like to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says it’s not such a bad idea.

“In my opinion, the IRS is one of the least essential agencies in the federal government,” he writes in The Washington Times. “If I had my way, we would shut down the non-essential IRS forever. This is why I am an advocate for legislation that does just that.”

The FairTax Act, a bill co-sponsored by King, seeks to reform the tax structure by replacing the income tax with a consumption tax, he explains.

That would “eliminate the need for the IRS because the FairTax would be administered in much the same manner as states administer state sales taxes,” King writes. “Americans would no longer have to file a return because taxes would be collected at the point of sale for a good or service.”




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