The purpose of taxing is to attain balance; to equalize; to make even. Taxation is not a program to generate revenue. Taxation is only levied upon actions which in themselves impose a nonessential-cost (or initial tax) upon the collective wealth of the social infrastructure and is a measure taken in order to compensate for losses and rebalance the economy. Revenue is generated by investments. Taxing is like balancing a scale where you add or subtract weight on one side of the fulcrum to even out the imbalance caused by the mass on the other side of the fulcrum. If an object is creating an imbalance by contributing a negative mass then the equation must be rebalanced by a positive mass of equal proportion. The amount of imbalance caused by an action can be determined by quantifying the amount of tax incurred by totaling the value which is being lost in the economy. From the real worth derived a monetary appraisal can be equally attributed which is the amount of tax incurred for the act. That which adds value is not taxed but paid an equitable price in return; only items that decrease social value are taxed to an equal extent as the initial loss incurred as is necessary to rebalance the system. Besides common perception, taxing isn’t just taking money away from the public. Every dollar taken is actually spent as an investment into social services by proactively directing important physical resources in a certain productive manner that adds positive value and directly benefits all the citizens. All revenue generated by taxes must be allocated towards universal social programs and services which provide essential benefits directly to those being taxed. No appropriation shall be made which does not directly benefit the socioeconomic infrastructure. And there shall be no taxation without representation. A new system will enable citizens to be empowered by a democratic government to influence tax policy: rates, appropriations.
A fair and progressive tax policy
This is not only a “progressive” tax system but a “fair” tax system as well. This system ensures that only those who consume and exhaust resources will be taxed, in an amount equally apportioned to the loss they exerted, and those who do not consume or exhaust resources will not be taxed.
Currently the public shares the debt equally regardless of personal consumption or investment. Today, no matter how economical you live your life you will continuously have to pay for the ignoble consumption, destruction, and waste caused by others. This is not fair. Those who don’t contribute to the social losses should not be burdened with the payment. Why should those who didn’t recklessly indulge in excessive consumption be obligated to pay the bill? Because these taxes are levied upon all people regardless of to whom the debt belongs the US is not really a free country. People are always being harassed by the IRS for tax payments on expenses which they had never consumed, nor authorized, and gained absolutely no benefit. People are not obligated to pay taxes just for being alive and existing upon the earth. People who don’t take from the system aren’t obligated to put back into the system. People who wish to live independently without participation in the social system may do so freely without charge. People may be obligated to pay a tax if they detract significant value from the social economy and impose a substantial loss upon the publicly owned system. Exceptions may be considered and exemptions may be granted depending on special circumstances. This system will ensure that people are truly allowed to live freely.
Some people who are vehement proponents of capitalism may say “that’s not fair for the government to impose a loss tax on the price of an item”. Actually it’s most fair because otherwise the members of the public who did not consume the product will be stuck paying the bill. The bills are paid equally for essential public services that are shared equally by all citizens. For nonessential private commodities the bill is paid privately. Essential public services are offered equally to all citizens and thus all citizens must pay an equal share of taxes. People take-out in the proportion that they put-in; and people put-in to the proportion they will take-out. The cooperative socioeconomic system is a force multiplier; therefore one-part invested may yield ten-parts making it advantageous to mutually invest into the community.
The benefit of this system is that if you don’t cause any losses then you don’t pay any taxes. As free human beings we should not be obligated to pay taxes into any system. We must only pay in compensation for personal costs and social losses that we are directly attributed to and which would otherwise be burdened upon a larger community of co-inhabitants. We must only pay in equal apportionment as necessary to fully compensate for our own costs / losses and nothing more.
This idea of a “progressive tax system” is to favor progress and compensate for regression. The progressive tax system also limits regression by giving an economic incentive to promote essential growth and not incur frivolous losses.
We are all probably familiar with the contemporary idea of progressive taxation which is to tax the rich more than you tax the poor; to have a scale of taxation that collects more money from people with much wealth more and less money from people with little wealth. I am introducing a new aspect to the idea of “progressive” taxation. The idea is to tax items that restrict or restrain progress to an extent that compensates equally for the loss incurred by society in the process and entirely exempt from taxation and subsidize all items that favor progress and which enhance the sustainability of society.
There are many items and activities that pose a degenerative effect upon society; such as: cigarettes, pollution, weapons, alcohol, drugs. There are also many essential commodities that are required to sustain the progress of society: food, water, energy, clothing, security, health care, and education.
Eliminate sales tax on all goods provided by the national infrastructure and or for the national infrastructure. These products include fresh organic produce, natural soap, and other goods which adhere to the objective standards of quality defined by the general public and promote common values of life, health, peace, and prosperity. So for example: if you purchase fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables you will be exempt from paying sales tax, if you purchase food like processed cookies you will pay sales tax. Goods that are eco-friendly such as natural and biologically safe cleansers and cosmetics will be immediately become exempt from any levies of sales tax where as synthetic and ecologically harmful products will continue to pay sales tax (this would be an immediate incentive for people to begin purchasing natural products while all harmful substances are being permanently phased out of existence). Give tax credits and financial incentive to sustainable / fair infrastructure development and practices. Place higher taxes upon fossil fuels; give grants and low interest loans to renewable energy. Tax chemical fertilizers; offer money to develop organic fertilizers and sustainable agriculture. Put the tax burdens on corporations that are harming/ degrading the society. This will help make even the loss due to the harmful operation. Any action that is progressive and beneficial should not only be tax exempt but offered government subsidies to be extensively developed.
The product of ones own labor can not be rightfully taxed. Thus there shall be no such thing as an income tax or any other form of tax imposed on a person’s labor which provides an essential benefit to society; unless the work performed yields a social loss whereby the government may impose a tax of compensation to an equal and just amount. A person’s labor may be considered a social resource and thus the way it is expended is of concern to society. If a job directly benefits society and plays an essential functional role then the government shall impose no tax upon such labor; rather such labor will be publicly subsidized. If a person who is a direct beneficiary of the social infrastructure is employed in an occupation that does not have a direct benefit for society then such labor may be taxed. If a person does not drain any value from or impose any loss upon the public infrastructure and social economy then the government has no right to impose any tax and such person shall be rightfully allowed to live entirely free.
Economic Recovery and Middle-Class Tax Relief Act of 2009
Business Taxation and Global Competitiveness (Treasury)
Fact Sheet on the Economics of Taxation (Treasury)
(IRS) Internal Revenue Service
Joint Committee on Taxation (House)
Office of Tax Policy - (Treasury)
Simplified Tax Reporting System
State Government Tax Collections (Census)
Taxation of Resident Aliens (IRS)
Tax Information (GSA)
Alaska - Tax Division
Hawaii - Department of Taxation
Idaho - State Tax Commission
Illinois - Department of Revenue
Nebraska - Taxation of Contractors
Ohio - Department of Taxation
Oklahoma - Tax Commission
Rhode Island - Division of Taxation
Utah - Tax Commission
Virginia - Department of Taxation
West Virginia - Tax Department