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FANS AND FOES OF A FLAT TAX
Christopher Farrell's commentary, "A jumble only a flat tax can untangle" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Jan. 9), was nice. But why settle for a flat tax when we have a chance to see real tax reform--a national sales tax.
The national sales tax virtually eliminates the IRS, tax accountants, tax lawyers, H&R Block, and much of our bloated government.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Along with an obscenely bloated government, a flat tax would greatly shrink our massive underground economy. How wonderfully logical it would be if our politicians could only get their hands on more of our money if we made more of it ourselves.
Alas, the true fatal flaw of the flat-tax proposal is the very logic that makes it a brilliant--if long overdue--concept. The entrenched power base of tax attorneys and government dependents will never go for it.
Gold River, Calif.
A flat tax is a blatant attempt to lower taxes for the rich.
Harold R. Slosson