The Instigator
JoeLamond
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The Contender
harrytruman
Pro (for)

We should introduce a flat tax.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/24/2016 Category: Economics
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Debating Period
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JoeLamond

Con

Scrapping all existing income tax and replacing them with a single "flat tax" is a very simple idea. But does it work?

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harrytruman

Pro

We should introduce a flat tax because then rich people cannot cheat out of their taxes through "loopholes."
Debate Round No. 1
JoeLamond

Con

Introducing a flat tax would not solve this problem. The IRS has released data on the 400 highest earning Americans, they pay 18% of what they earn in taxes(1). A flat tax would be even lower since a high flat tax would impoverish the poor. This is the argument for progressive taxation. A rich person wouldn't even notice an extra $500 in their bank account, while for the poor it could be the difference between a decent life and poverty. Your first $10,000 is far more important than your last, for it is the money that can provide you with the essentials in life. That is why the first $9225 is only taxed at 10%, while your money after that is taxed more because it is based on wants rather than needs. It is also a mark of giving back to society, what it gave you: the opportunities in life to succeed. A flat tax has to be low so even if all loopholes came to an end, the rich would still be contributing less.

(1) http://blogs.wsj.com...
harrytruman

Pro

Not necessarily, if we abolish all of our unnecessary programs we could establish a flat tax of 5% and run a surplus.
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Posted by lannan13 6 months ago
lannan13
The character limit is way too small for this. If you make it longer then I will accept.
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