Competitive Tax Plan

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The Competitive Tax Plan is an approach to taxation, suggested in the United States, that would impose a 10–15% value added tax (VAT) and reduce personal and corporate income taxes. The plan was created by Michael J. Graetz, professor at Columbia law school, and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy. Graetz states that it would generate enough revenue so that families with $100,000 of annual income or less — almost 90% of all current filers — would not have to pay income taxes or file tax returns.[1] Graetz would provide a new payroll tax offset to replace the Earned Income Tax Credit and to protect low and moderate income workers from any tax increase under the new system. Under the initial proposal, households with an annual income of more than $100,000 would be taxed at a flat 25% rate and the corporate income tax rate would be reduced to 25%. Graetz argues that reducing the corporate tax rate "would make the United States an extremely attractive nation for corporate investments for both U.S. citizens and foreign investors".[1] According to an article in the November 19, 2002 issue of The Wall Street Journal, the Competitive Tax Plan is already being given consideration by officials in the United States Treasury Department. In 2013, Graetz presented an updated version of his plan for 2015.[2] In it, he proposed progressive income tax rates for single filers making over $50,000 and households making over $100,000 ($75,000 for head of household) and lowering the corporate income tax further, to 15%.

No formal bill for the Competitive Tax Plan itself is in Congress; however Senator Ben Cardin's Progressive Consumption Tax Act has many similar features.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Yale Law School Professor Michael Graetz Proposes Reform, Repeal of Income Tax". Yale Law School. 2002-11-08. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  2. ^ Graetz, Michael. "The Graetz Competitive Tax Plan: Update for 2015". Tax Policy Center. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "S.3005 - Progressive Consumption Tax Act of 2014". 
  4. ^ Schuyler, Michael. "An Analysis of Senator Cardin's Progressive Consumption Tax". The Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation. Retrieved 6 April 2016. 


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