Would You Support a State Sales Tax to Replace the State Income Tax?

Seven states already have no state income tax and Georgia House Rep. Tom Kirby plans to introduce a bill advocating the same for Georgia.

There has been a move in operation for years to try and do away with the IRS and the federal income tax system, but seven states have already managed to do that with state income tax.

According to About.com, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming already have no state income tax and Tennessee and New Hampshire only charge income tax on interest and dividend income. About.com reports that not all, but most, of these states have some of the lowest state taxes in the nation. Alaska, Nevada, Wyoming, Florida and New Hampshire lead the nation in states where folks pay the lowest state taxes. A Georgia representative is hoping to add Georgia to the list.

House Rep. Tom Kirby planned a press conference at the Georgia state Capitol on Wednesday to introduce his Georgia Fair Taxation Act of 2014, which would move Georgia away from state income tax to a state sales tax as a way to raise state revenue.

Do you support this as a way of raising revenue for the state? Do you think states could lead the way in testing the waters for a national sales tax as an alternative form of revenue collection?

Rusty Taylor April 04, 2013 at 06:30 PM
We can't let the facts get in the way of a good story!!!
Rusty Taylor April 04, 2013 at 06:43 PM
No one said to do away with "corporate taxes". As you well know corporations don't pay taxes, the consumer that buys from them does but that is another issue. Sort of like renters paying for the property taxes on a piece of rental property. You must not be paying attention or reading any of the other posts. YOU WOULD NOT PAY A CONSUMPTION TAX ON THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE! I don’t know how much plainer I can say it. You would pay a consumption tax on ANYTHING that you bought new EXCEPT FOR THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE. What has job loss got to do with not having an income tax? I fail to see the correlation. Job loss has to do with the fact that they HAVE NO JOBS!!!!!!!!
George Wilson April 05, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Southern Pimps But if there must be a modern welfare system, then the Southern oligarchy prefers a system that allows state governments, rather than Washington, D.C., to control eligibility and benefit levels. By controlling eligibility, Southern state governments can minimize the amount of the local workforce that has access to good social insurance, reducing the power of Southern workers to be “uppity.” At the same time, giving Southern states the option to have lower benefit levels provides the neo-Confederates with yet another bargaining chip, along with low wages and low taxes that can be used by Southern state governments to lure business from more generous states or nations. These policies are reinforcing components of a well-thought-out economic grand strategy to permit the South, as a nation-within-a-nation in the US, to pimp its cheap, dependent labor for the benefit of local and foreign (non-Southern) corporations and investors. This is a reason for the lack of support for an increase in the minimum wage, refusing to add 650,000 Georgians to Medicaid, anti-unionism and above all an increase in the sales tax and the elimination of the state income tax.
George Wilson April 05, 2013 at 09:06 PM
@all For the real facts on this Republican proposal take the time to visit GwinnettForum.com and read Elliott Brack's piece. You want be disappointed.
Tammy Osier April 05, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Give me a dollar in change and I'll give you back 30 cents. Puts the perspective in a different light. If you are a business person, you don't get to keep that 30 cents (%) if you need to purchase more product to stay in business. Heard from many a businessperson of late that said they will go out of business when obamacare is fully enacted. They had 16 employees and it was going to cost well over 200,000 a year to insure them at what is required. If they pay the penalty, at 60,000, they're employees will be responsible for theri own insurance. THe result is thatthey said they'd just find a regular job because they couldn't afford what it would cost to stay in business. Now isn't that going to be just duckie for our economy? these wealth-envy people don't realize that it's the business people (job producers) that are most affected.


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