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Flat Tax Backtrack


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FLAT-TAX BACKTRACK

House Majority Leader Richard K. Armey will drop one of the most controversial suggestions from his flat-tax plan--ending tax withholding from workers' paychecks. The Texas Republican wanted to force taxpayers to confront the cost of government by writing a monthly check for Uncle Sam's tribute. But the plan would have required hordes of clerks. Besides, says an Armey aide, "the public didn't respond. People seem to like the convenience" of withholding.EDITED BY OWEN ULLMANN


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