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Updated: July 1, 2013 6:18AM



IRS woes show need for U.S. to go to with Fair Tax system

Recent news regarding the IRS targeting certain political groups and their members for harassment via tax exempt applications and tax return audits provides further reason why we the people should vote to disband the IRS. Legislation in the form of HR25 and S122, titled The Fair Tax Act, does just that and awaits hearings in the U.S. House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee respectively.

The Fair Tax eliminates the IRS, all income taxes, the Social Security payroll tax, corporation taxes, estate taxes, and taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains, and Medicare premiums. All of these are replaced by a tax on consumption, configured in such a way as to provide relief for low income families and to progressively increase the amount of taxes paid as spending above the poverty level increases. It enlarges the tax base so that current taxpayers will pay less taxes on average, rewards saving and investments, and stimulates the economy by encouraging businesses to remain in America. Please go to www.taxreform.gov or tweet @simplertaxes and urge passage of The Fair Tax Act to put the IRS out of business and lower our taxes.

Patrick R. Burkett

Bend, OR

Congress has the means to help our Postal Service

The Postal Service is shipping Indiana mail with 463 and 464 ZIP code to Bedford Park, Ill. Mail is transported for postmark cancellation and returned to the Gary center for final sorting and distribution. Postal officials insist the consolidation of mail does not delay mail service.

Local mail standards require mail processed overnight for next day delivery. A postmark shows the date mail was cancelled. Local mail should have a postmark from the previous day, except Monday deliveries. For the past 60 years, the Gary center postmarked and processed all mail locally. The center is still operational. Audits on consolidations that have already taken place in other cities disclose revenue savings are negligible at best and delays are significant.

Northwest Indiana mail is diverted as a means to save money in response to Congress’ unprecedented mandate. In 2006, Congress required the USPS to incur a $5.5 billion yearly expense to prepay for 75 years of future retiree health care costs. News headlines of the Postal Service going broke barely addresses the cause of the problem — a do-nothing Congress. Prior to 2006, the Postal Service finances including retiree health care plans were sound. However, an additional $5.5 billion a year hit on its budget would bankrupt any business.

Call Sen. Donnelly, Sen. Coats and U.S. Rep. Visclosky. Demand no delays in mail service and they sign as co-sponsor the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R.630 / S. 316) bill.

Jose L. Dejesus

Highland



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