The Justin Harter Tax Plan

Because it’s on my mind as tax time rolls around, I thought it was time to reiterate The Justin Harter Tax Plan:

The Tax Form

  1. How much money did you make? _____________________
  2. What is 8% of that? _________________
  3. Pay us the amount from line #2.


Indicate where you’d like your money to go, up to 4%:

  • NASA __________________
  • K-12  __________________
  • Colleges / Universites __________________
  • Wildlife __________________
  • Museums / Art / Historical Preservation __________________

and so on…

Under The Justin Harter Tax Plan, your 8% is divided in half. 4% goes to a general fund with everyone else’s and that’s the money the politicians can piss away. Want to build a bridge to nowhere? A train no one wants to ride? Have at it. Want to fight a war? Fine. So long as there’s money in that pot.

Let’s pretend you earn $50,000 a year. You’d owe $4,000 in income taxes. If you made a million dollars, you’d owe $80,000 and if you made $10,000, you’d owe $800. For most people this is going to be less than they pay now, but it ensures everyone pays their fair share, too. No deductions, no loopholes, nothin. The whole tax system could fit on an index card. We could fire half the IRS with the savings from simplifying the math alone. This is what will be used to fund the federal government.

“But Justin, how will the government afford things?” A politicians response will be something like “By preventing waste, fraud and abuse!” That never works because no one ever bothers looking into these things. Fraud and abuse happens when no one’s looking. My plan helps eliminate some of the fraud and abuse by making the various government agencies compete for your money.

Since you’d be able to dictate how much of your remaining 4% went to specific departments and agencies, they’d need to earn it. If you made $50,000 and had to pay $4,000 in taxes, $2,000 of it goes into the general pot and the other $2,000 is up to you. Want to go to the moon? Spend your $2,000 and get your friends to fund NASA. Want more federal funding for schools, donate it to education. Want to split it up and give a certain percent of your $2,000 to every agency there is, fine. It’s up to you.

Suddenly, NASA has to make those dollars work harder and smarter so they can convince people to give them more. Schools are going to have to make sure they make their case for more money – no ridiculous statues, fountains and stadiums – but a focus on computers, books and teacher salaries to retain the best and earn more. Yeah, they’ll have to advertise like companies do, but it would make sure more Americans knew what their government was up to.

If a department fails to deliver or just plain sucks, like any other enterprise, they’ll be forced to close and go away unless the politicians want to give them some money from the general pot to keep them going. Think Homeland Security is a pain in the ass? Don’t fund ’em!

Talk about democracy – that’s direct voting on every level of government directly by the people. “We’re sorry, the TSA only received $4.50 this year. Therefore, we’re closing.” We can all go back to flying on planes with nail clippers and shampoo like the good ol’ days.

Then, you never have to hear debates about “I don’t want my tax dollars to pay for that.” or “I don’t approve of such-and-such, it’s a waste, stop funding it.” Here, you won’t be paying for it and you really don’t have to fund it! America gets precisely how much government it, and you, can afford. Heck, if you wanted to donate more than your 8%, go ahead. It’s your money.

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You’ll probably see him around Indianapolis on a bicycle.

1 thought on “The Justin Harter Tax Plan”

  1. Then we could just have the 8% deducted from our paycheck, no filing, except to make your choice for disbursal. that would do away with refunds, the irs agents could go work at patient bureau, or pass ports or immigration.

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