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|User Info||Property - some thoughts for discussion; entered at 2011-05-13 15:35:49|
First, what is "consumption"? Does it include services? It probably includes food and medicine and medical care, but should we tax food, shelter, and clothing? But if we exempt things, doesn't that start corruption.
The Fair Tax does not exempt but does pay a prebate to provide a measure of progressive taxation. That seems like a reasonable compromise.
Second, how do you collect or enforce it without doing a "guilty until proven innocent" provision that directly violates the 4th amendment?
You impose the tax upon business entities selling goods and services at retail. Since business entities already must register with the State in which they do business in some form (LLC, Corporation, Sub-S, DBA, etc) and in most states you must have a county or state-issued license (at nominal cost) there's no violation of the 4th Amendment involved.
Commerce in the general sense can be regulated under the Constitution without implicating the 4th Amendment.