The FairTax Book

  • by Neal Boortz, John Linder
  • Narrated by HarperAudio
  • 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


Audible Editor 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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Paul W.

ugghh, libertarian nonsense

MONEY MAGAZINE did a great piece on this one, underlining how Boortz and Linder completely leave out the effect this sales tax idea would have on wages, i.e. they would have to be cut sharply so as to allow for the decrease in pre-tax prices this "theory" leans upon. and here i quote said article, "Sure, you'd get to 'keep 100 percent of your paycheck,' as Boortz and Linder repeatedly write, but it would be a smaller paycheck...That's kind of a big thing to leave out." (MONEY senior editor Pat Regnier). In other words the tax burden would be shifted HEAVILY towards lower income wage earners, a result Boortz apparently has no problem with whatsoever, since this is the very same wacko that said we should intentionally save the rich first if there was to be another disaster in the country, because everyone else is "a drag on society".

listener beware.

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- Ryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio