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Tax Notes Quotes Mortimer Caplin Concerning Income Tax Alternative

March 4, 2013, Tax Notes

Mortimer M. Caplin is quoted by Tax Notes on a February 22, 2013 Tax Analysts forum urging a revenue source apart from the income tax to pay for the cost of government.  To read more, please click on this link.

Excerpt taken from the article.

Mortimer Caplin, who served as IRS commissioner during the Kennedy administration, argued instead that every taxpayer should fill out a tax return as ‘‘part of the price of citizenship.'' He agreed, however, that the United States may have to adopt a VAT and cited a 1961 speech in which President Kennedy argued that a ‘‘strong tax system is essential to a strong democracy.''

‘‘The Internal Revenue Service at that time had a different function,'' Caplin said. ‘‘A lot of it was really selling to the American public the importance of compliance with our tax laws.''


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