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Gary Johnson on Tax Reform

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


23% national sales tax while eliminating the IRS

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who ditched his Republican bid for president in December, captured the Libertarian Party's nomination on Saturday in Las Vegas, adding a third party candidate with some name recognition to the 2012 race.

Mr. Johnson is likely to be a sideshow in the presidential contest. He will be less well-funded than President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, while holding policy positions often considered outside mainstream political thought. Among other things, he has called for the elimination of the Education Department, cutting 43% of federal spending and instituting a 23% national sales tax while eliminating the Internal Revenue Service. He also backs gay marriage and supports the legalization of marijuana.

Source: Danny Yadron in Wall Street Journal, "Libertarian Nod" , May 5, 2012

Get rid of income tax and capital-gains tax

We need to get rid of the income tax. Giant, slow corporations spend their money on lobbying because tax avoidance is where their profit is. General Electric earned $14.2 billion in 2010 and paid zero taxes on it. Why? Because it has the lobbyists to get subsidies and tax breaks.

But those mom-and-pop stores? The tech startups? The nimble new corporations with new ideas and new visions for our economy? They pay as much as 35 cents on every dollar they earn. When the company pays its employees, the government taxes that money again. We need to stop taxing work, savings and investment. I advocate removing all income taxes, all capital-gains taxes, and replacing them with a consumption tax, kind of a national sales tax called the Fair-tax.

Source: Gary Johnson, "America moving again" in The Washington Times , Feb 2, 2012

FairTax on all new goods & services, with prebates for poor

How does Fair-tax fund the government? When anyone purchases a new good or service for personal consumption, be it a DVD or a yacht, the person is taxed. Fair-tax doesn't tax used goods or business-to-business purchases.

Some think the Fair-tax is regressive, but in fact it's progressive--taxing the wealthy more than the poor. Fair-tax issues a "prebate" for families to spend on food, clothing, transportation, medical care or whatever they want to spend it on--it's their money. Undocumented immigrants will pay their taxes if they want to buy anything. They need a Social Security card to receive a prebate, so the incentive is for immigrants to get themselves on the books as fast as possible.

The Fair-tax replaces employment taxes, payroll taxes, all income taxes, and all capital-gains taxes.

Source: Gary Johnson, "America moving again" in The Washington Times , Feb 2, 2012

FairTax would absolutely reboot the American economy

CAIN: [to Johnson] : My 9-9-9 plan starts with throwing out the current tax code and pass 9% business flat tax, 9% personal income tax, and the 9% national sales tax.

JOHNSON: Throwing out the entire federal tax system and replacing it with a consumption tax, the FairTax, which would absolutely reboot the American economy because it does away with the corporate tax to create tens of millions of jobs in this country.

Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011

Replace tax system with a FairTax

Q: With regards to jobs, how are you going to turn this country around?

A: My next-door neighbor's dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration. Balance the federal budget now, not 15 years from now, not 20 years from now, but now. And throw out the entire federal tax system, replace it with a FairTax, a consumption tax, that by all measurements is just that. It's fair. It does away with corporate income tax. [That would] create tens of millions of jobs in this country.

Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL , Sep 22, 2011

Replace job-killing tax code with FairTax

Instead of nibbling around the edges of a job-killing tax code, we need to throw it out. Eliminate income, business and payroll taxes altogether, and replace them with a FAIR tax (FairTax.org) that will result in millions of jobs. Instead of spending more, balance the budget now. Get the burden of government spending and borrowing off the economy, and it will flourish. And as the government's chief executive, the President needs to get federal agencies out of the business of managing the economy, and into the business of establishing regulatory certainty. Do those things, and the U.S. will become the job magnet of the world.
Source: Response to 2011 Jobs Speech, on www.garyjohnson2012.com , Sep 8, 2011

Reduce state personal income tax from 8.5% to 8%

In his first term, Gov. Johnson proposed reducing the top rate of the state personal income tax from 8.5% to 8%, along with other tax cuts, but was rebuffed by the Legislature. He signed a repeal of a 1993 6-cent-a-gallon tax hike. In 1997, Gov. Johnson again proposed to cut the top rate, this time to 8.3%. The legislature proposed to cut it to 8.2%, but offset some of the revenue losses with a cigarette tax increase. Johnson signed the income tax cut, and vetoed the cigarette tax hike.
Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #9: Johnson , Jul 21, 2011

No national sales tax or VAT.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy Statement EC-9 00-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2000

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Page last updated: Oct 17, 2012