Sen. Ted Cruz has been gunning to abolish the Internal Revenue Service since coming to Washington two years ago.
To critics of the Texas Republican in Democratic and GOP circles, it sounds like bluster. The fiery rhetoric garners hearty applause from conservative audiences, particularly since revelations in 2013 that the IRS targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. But some federal agency is going to have to collect taxes, so Cruz's vow to shutter the IRS smacks of a politically motivated campaign promise rather than serious policy — at least to some.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner on Friday, the 2016 presidential candidate began to put some meat on the bones. Cruz, 44, explained how "abolishing the IRS" fits into his proposal, still being crafted by his team of economic advisors, for wholesale tax reform. This proposal, which Cruz plans to unveil later this year, is a key plank in his domestic agenda for economic growth that he would pursue as president.
"When it comes to jobs and growth and opportunity, the two most effective levers that the federal government has to facilitate small businesses creating new jobs, are tax reform and regulatory reform," Cruz said late last week, during a 20-minute discussion while on a brief swing through Las Vegas. "I am campaigning on a flat tax that would allow every American to fill out his or her taxes on a post card that allow us to abolish the IRS."
Cruz said he envisions shifting the tracking and collection of federal taxes to "some much smaller division" of the Treasury Department. The senator said that replacing the current, complex tax code with a simple flat tax would eliminate most of the work the IRS needs to do, making the agency obsolete and "irrelevant."
In its purest form, a "flat tax" treats all taxpayers equally. Income is taxed at the same rate regardless of earnings or wealth, while allowing for no tax deductions or exemptions. But Cruz said his flat tax proposal might allow some deductions, possibly for popular write-offs like for charitable donations and mortgage interest charged on a primary residence, paid annually by homeowners.
this man always amazes me; confirms what it is all about to be focused for the good of everyone equally.
(needs to remember to check his daytimer... verify whether correspondences/communications in process have been confirmed sent - so he doesn't get nailed again for another misspeak. he is going to be hammered by the left and apparently by some on the right; i.e. - McCain and other party old-timers who've lost their ways in an attempt to discredit him as much and as often as possible. what could McCain have said if Senator Cruz had qualified, I believe my office has already sent ...and if not, it will be expedited...)
McCain IS NOT on the right of anything!!!! he is totally owned by the NWO and is a traitor who should be hanged for treason!!!!!
All conservatives need to vote and make sure your family members do also. Ted is the last best hope we have to save this country from the democrats dismantling of our economy and our constitution.
You got that right. We need to all get behind somebody and vote in the primaries. Remember; United we stand. Divided, we Bush!!
He should be supporting the Fair Tax instead.
The flat tax system is far superior to what we have now, but your Right. The Fair Tax system is by far even better that the Flat Tax system, and is championed by Ron Paul and Rand Paul. In my opinion, I feel that Rand Paul is a better candidate for President. I like Ted Cruz, but he needs to stay where he is or run with Rand Paul as the Vise Presidential nominee.
the Fair Tax IS a flat tax!!!!!
The Fair Tax would abolish the IRS as well and put the true power back in the hands of the people.
David, there is no common sense approach in D.C. It is all about destroying the U.S.A. You see all the evidence of this by all the bad laws and bad legislation they put forth that punishes the American people at every turn. Look no further than ObamaCare and the I.R.S. and hundreds of other bad legislation that punish us to the point that we can hardly breathe anymore. It is not about common sense to these scum bags. They want to see how much they can punish us probably because we give them such a bad rap in their disapproval rating. I am almost sure this is why they punish us the way they do and exempt themselves from the laws they shove down our throats. Let me ask this question. Does any one out there believe that our federal government has now become the enemy within, the enemy of the American people? I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly believe it.
Everyone pays a certain %, done. One page simple as that, it's not rocket science. The flat tax makes so much sense. That's not how D.C. works though, common sense does not prevail. If we went to a flat tax it would put too many corrupt people out of work.
Ted's proposal is not unusual and IS workable; when you send your tax money in, you pay it to the US Treasury! With his proposal, we would continue to do exactly that, but without the heavy-handed red tape of the current IRS debacle.