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A 10 percent national sales tax, for example \(even with the predictable exemptions for certain kinds of spendthe typical middle-class family’s federal tax bill. The big losers under a sales tax plan would be middleand low-income families. Particularly hard hit would be people who spend more than their incomes. That would include the poor in general, the unemployed who have to borrow to put food on the table, retired people drawing down on their lifetime savings, and so forth. \(A national sales tax would be doubly unfair to the elderly; having paid taxes all their lives on their incomes, they would find themselves taxed again when it came time to spend A Better Idea Of course, there is an alternative to raising taxes on those least able to pay them. Closing the loopholes and cracking down on the shelters that allow so many companies and rich individuals to avoid paying their fair share could raise truly astronomical sums. Corporate loopholes alone, for example, will cost the Treasury $87 billion in the next fiscal year \(considerably more than companies getting rid of the shelters could do wonders for the economy by pushing businesses out of crazy tax-avoidance schemes and back into productive, jobcreating investments. Walter Mondale’s tax program takes some beginning steps toward economyenhancing tax reforms, and for that he should be credited. Another good thing about the Mondale program is that most Americans would not be asked to pay more in taxes. But next year could provide the opportunity to go even further toward making sense out of the tax laws if Congress and whoever is President are ready to show some leadership. A comprehensive restructuring of the federal tax code, such as the “Fair Tax” plan put forward by New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley and Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt, offers a simplified, but still progressive tax system without all the baggage that has accumulated over the past 70 years. And, because the Fair Tax retains only a handful of tax concessions \(mortgage interest, property taxes, and a few others impora wholesale reduction in statutory tax rates. Most people would pay a maximum rate of 14 percent on their taxable incomes, and even the top rate \(on would drop to only 30 percent. Change those rates to 15 percent and 31 percent and adjust the provisions governing the way businesses write off their plant and equipment investments and the Fair Tax could raise $70 billion a year. And such a deficit reduction program would not require added sacrifices from most Americans. An anti-shelter, lower-rates tax reform program ought to have some appeal even to the Reagan administration that is, if it really believed in marketplace economics and fairness for all Americans. Unfortunately, so far the administration has shown more loyalty to its wealthy constituents than to the uplifting themes President Reagan presents so well in his speeches. If Mr. Reagan is reelected, voters should pay close attention to their pocketbooks when the President announces his “last resort” tax plan. 1=1 NOTICE TO OUR READERS For our 30th anniversary in December, we are planning to give recognition to individuals or organizations whose work has staved off the forces of evil or has contributed to the making of a more progressive Texas. We welcome your suggestions with any supporting material you care to provide.0 cs ……. STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION A…4N l . 420 IA TITO Of /1.01.1CATIOM 111. 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