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Straight Tax not Flat Tax

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I believe the best tax system would be a linear formula instead of a flat tax. This would address the issue of taxing poor people too much in a much simpler way than the curren "progressive" tax rate system.

Here is how it works: Subtract a poverty level ammount from your income (e.g. p=$30,000). Pay a lat tax on the remainder if positive (e.g. r=20%). There are NO exemptions. Every individual and corporation pays the same tax.

Mathematically the tax you pay is simply tax=r(income-p) Which is the formula for a straight line. Hence the name, straight tax.