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When Great Britain put the tax on tea that caused the Boston Tea Party, it was three pence (3¢) a pound. In colonial America, they bought about 562,000 pounds of tea a year. The amount of the tax paid by all of the colonies that helped start the American Revolution by the colonies was £16,860 a year. (.03 X 562,000 = £16,860)* In 1773, the population of colonial America was about 1,946,601 people. The tax that sparked the American Revolution was .008 per person! Less than a penny a person a year! That is how much taxation without representation was. Who would like to go back to having their taxes that low?

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Now that we can tax ourselves, we do so with a vengeance. Can you think of anything you buy that is not taxed? Here are some of the taxes we have imposed on ourselves:

Accounts Receivable Tax, Building Permit Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Dog License Tax, Federal Income Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA), Fishing License Tax, Food License Tax, Fuel permit tax, Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon), Hunting License Tax, Inheritance Tax, Interest expense, Inventory tax, IRS Interest Charges, IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Liquor Tax, Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Tax, Medicare Tax, Property Tax, Real Estate Tax, Service charge taxes, Social Security Tax (FICA), Road usage taxes, (State) Sales Taxes, Recreational Vehicle Tax, School Tax, State Income Tax, State Unemployment Tax (SUTA), Telephone federal excise tax, Telephone federal universal service fee tax, Telephone federal/state/local surcharge taxes, Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax, Telephone state and local tax, Telephone usage charge tax, Utility Taxes, Vehicle License Registration Tax, Vehicle Sales Tax, Watercraft Registration Tax, Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation Tax.

Many of the taxes mentioned above are paid before you are. The rest are paid whenever you buy something. Add up the rest of all of those taxes to what is automatically deducted from your paycheck to find out how much you really pay in taxes! There is no one who does not pay any taxes. Some people (about 47% of the population) get a 100% refund of their state and federal income taxes. When they do that, they give our state and federal governments an interest-free loan. Does the IRS not charge interest and penalties, taxes on top of taxes, on people who pay their taxes late? Of course they do!

With all of those taxes we pay, can we really say that the money in our pocket is our money, not our state and federal government’s money? How can this be changed? The first step to do that is to repeal the 1943 Current Tax Payment Act (CTPA). Repealing that law is telling our federal government that it is not entitled to get our money before we do.

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Would our Founding Fathers have fought our American Revolution to create a government that taxes us as heavily as we now tax ourselves? They did pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to get rid of a tax that was less than a penny a year per person! The government our Founding Fathers created when they wrote our Constitution was thrown away decades ago.

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