Assignment 1: Should the U.S. Convert to a Zero Personal Income Tax?
Due Week 7 and worth 280 points
In a recent news article located at http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/heres-where-your-federal-income-tax-dollars-go-f654971, NBC News reported that the U.S. Government spends $3.6 trillion per year to fund Social Security, Medicare, homeland defense and safety, education, transportation, and the interest on debt obligations. In spite of the services and benefits that the government provides, many taxpayers dread paying income taxes but consider them a necessary evil. Consequently, there is much debate about the inequities contained within the tax code, due to tax shelters and tax credits provided to some taxpayers which thereby increase the tax burden on others.
Using the Internet or Strayer Library, research one (1) country that has a zero income tax rate.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:
1.Analyze the way in which the one (1) country that you have researched provides services and benefits to its citizens without collecting personal income taxes.
2.For the country that you have chosen, determine whether or not the U.S. could adopt their taxation model without reducing its total amount of revenue generated by collecting personal income taxes from individuals and business. Justify your response.
3.Suggest at least two (2) advantages and two (2) disadvantages of the U.S. adopting a zero income tax model. Provide a rationale for your response.
4.Create a proposal for where the revenue would be derived if the U.S. were to adopt a zero income tax model. In your response, provide specific recommendations concerning the following: 1.The proposed tax base.
2.Whether or not tax payers at certain income levels should be exempt from taxation.
3.The primary way in which the IRS would calculate the tax rate in order to ensure that the same level of tax revenue would still be collected.
4.The primary way in which your plan will achieve equity.
5.Speculate on the primary way in which the federal government could make up any shortfalls if it does not collect its targeted revenue from personal income taxes, and ascertain the most significant way in which the U.S. Department of the Treasury, through the IRS, can still adhere to its fiscal and monetary policies. Justify your response.
6.Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
•Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
•Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
•Examine the types of taxes imposed at the federal, state, and local levels; the federal tax formula; and the rules for arriving at personal and dependency exemptions.
•Analyze the concepts of gross income and distinguish between the economic, accounting, and tax concepts of gross income and strategies to minimize gross income, maximize deductions, and minimize disallowance of deductions
•Use technology and information resources to research issues in federal taxation.
•Write clearly and concisely about federal taxation using proper writing mechanics.
In the previous financial year, towards the tax filing deadline of 18th April 2016, many US taxpayers were contemplating a lot on how much they rip from the government after honouring their tax obligation. According to a research survey by Pew Research Center, many American expressed displeasure on the nation’s tax system as they perceived it as flawed. This prompts economist to investigate how the US tax bills and usage is compared with other countries. However, others stakeholders argue that the American taxes are relatively low as compared to those in developed countries (Schoen, 2012). In particular, the US taxes accounted for 26 % of the GDP, a portion which is lower than the average 34% of GDP for the other developed nations (Schoen, 2012). Having such a tax portion, the Federal and State governments argues that the US Citizens are enjoying a lesser tax burden compared to other citizens in countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Despite this justification, many US citizen still wonder where their tax bill goes (Schoen, 2012). Keeping track on the performance of the annual tax revenue, John W. Schoen article on NBC News found, the U.S. government spends $3.6 trillion per year to fund Social Security, Medicare, homeland defense and safety, education, transportation, and the interest on debt obligation,. ...