By Camie Young
Lawrenceville U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall announced this week that his FairTax legislation has more support in the House of Representatives than ever.
The 73rd co-sponsor signed onto the legislation, which would replace the current income and payroll taxes with a federal sales tax.
"For far too long the existing tax code has been an economic drain on our country. America's job creators are handcuffed by oppressive tax regulations and consequently seek less costly environments overseas," Woodall said. "With the United States having the highest corporate income tax rates in the entire world, it can come as no surprise that businesses are going elsewhere. It is estimated that over $10 trillion is currently being held offshore, but with passage of the FairTax we can incentivize businesses to bring that money back to our shores. When they invest and grow their business, they employ our neighbors."
The proposal was originally introduced in 1999 by Gwinnett Rep. John Linder, whom Woodall replaced in 2011. Support has increased, thanks to grassroots support, officials said.
"This huge benchmark speaks to the dedication of everyone who has worked so diligently to advance the legislation," Woodall said. "Not only has the FairTax gained more supporters than ever before, we have had the first hearing in the Ways and Means Committee in a decade and included FairTax language in every House Budget Resolution since January 2011. We've been promised a vote in the committee when the time comes, and everything we do until that point must be focused on bolstering that opportunity."
The legislation has also been proposed on the Senate side, with Georgia Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson giving it support.
"The current tax code has become too burdensome and complex, and is filled with provisions that only benefit a few Americans at the expense of everyone else. That's simply not right," Chambliss said. "The FairTax Act would create a fairer, simpler tax code that allows every American the freedom to determine his or her own priorities and opportunities."
Isakson added, "I believe that it is long past time to pursue fundamental changes to our tax system, and I have consistently co-sponsored the FairTax as one of the solutions. The FairTax would replace our tax code with a simpler, fairer one by repealing the income tax and other taxes, while abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax. Moving forward, I will continue to work in the Senate to bring tax relief to America's families and businesses."
While officials haven't had luck getting all of the Snellville City Council candidates in the same room for a debate, three of the candidates are planning a meet and greet with the public.
Voters can meet with incumbent Councilmen Bobby Howard and Tom Witts and former Councilwoman during the event, scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at Mellow Mushroom on Main Street in Snellville.
"I've seen the good, bad and the ugly; as a business owner with a vested interest in the city, I feel it is necessary to do all that I can to promote who I feel are the best possible leaders for Snellville," said Barbara Rosselle, the owner of the Mellow Mushroom. "I've seen a lot of change over the years, and not all of it for the better. It wasn't until a certain group of council members took office that Snellville truly moved forward as a community. That is why I so strongly support Barbara Bender, Bobby Howard and Tom Witts. Barbara, Bobby and Tom are the leaders that actually transformed this city into a community."