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After three decades of being the nation’s leader in taxpayers’ rights defense and IRS abuse, prevention, and cure, Dan Pillas can rightly claim the mantle as one of this country’s premiere experts in IRS procedures. He has helped countless thousands of citizens solve personal and business tax problems they thought might never be solved.
Mr. Pilla is author of eleven books, dozens of research reports, and hundreds of articles. His work is regularly featured on radio and television as well as in major newspapers, leading magazines and trade publications nation-wide. The Wall Street Journal ranked Pilla’s book, The IRS Problem Solver, as the number one tax book in America. As a consultant to the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS, Pillas presented testimony to Congress on several occasions and has been admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.
Pilla’s association with The Heartland Institute began twenty years ago after writing How to Fire the IRS. Published in 1994, the book sets out the premise that despite a doubling of its budget over the past 10 years and a nearly 20 percent increase in enforcement personnel, the IRS is increasingly incapable of administering and enforcing the nations tax law. Pilla is listed under Heartland experts as a taxpayers’ rights advocate and head of TaxHelpOnline.com.
Standing by itself, Pilla’s Ten Principles of Federal Tax Policy is one in a series of eight other brief guides in Heartland’s Legislative Principles Series, each having its own set of principles central to its topic of debate. Collectively they represent nine major public policy issues, i.e.: Chaper 1, 10 Principles of School Choice.
All nine booklets in Heartland’s Legislative Principles Series can be downloaded for free from the Heartland Institute’s Web site . Print copies are also available for a cost and can be ordered online at www.heartland.org or call 312-377-4000.
Pilla’s Ten Principles of Federal Tax Policy has been rolled into Chapter 9 of The Patriot Tool Box, an indispensable guide to public policy for those concerned about the direction of their nation. Although published in 2010 by The Heartland Institute, it is just as relevant today. Its 10 chapters address important public policy issues not unlike those facing our nation today.
Although the ten principles outlined in Pilla’s federal tax policy booklet might be applied to any tax system and at all levels of government, it is income taxes that are more likely to violate the tax system as this tax collects by far the most revenue and affects the most people in the U.S.
Most fitting is this reference noted on Page 2 of Pilla’s Ten Principles of Federal Tax Policy: Of all the powers conferred upon government that of taxation is most liable to abuse. Supreme Court of the United States, Citizens’ Savings & Loan Ass’n v. City of Topeka, 87 U.S. 655 (1874)
After being introduced by Joe Bast, President and CEO of Heartland, Dan Pilla, with energy and enthusiasm, elaborated on 7 of the 10 principle noted in his Ten Principles of Federal Tax Policy.
It was in 1992, upon realizing that the federal tax policy needed to be fixed which bespoke of an alternate tax system, that Dan Pilla’s thoughts turned to writing a book. How to Fire the IRS was published in 1993.
Contemplated by Pilla back in 1992 was how a new kind of tax policy was needed that embraced liberty. The present Federal Income Tax, a graduated income tax system, increases the tax rate as the taxable base amount increases. Historically, Congress enacted the nation’s first income tax law in 1862 in order to support the Civil War effort. it was the forerunner of our modern income tax in that it was based on the principles of graduated (or progressive) taxation and on withholding income at the source
Continuing in his presentation, Mr. Pilla expounded upon the importance of why income taxes represent an important policy issue. Because, as Pilla indicated, its consequences affect every aspect of everybody’s life. The Founders never meant for the federal government to have so much control and presence in the lives of the American people, having rejected an income tax even though money was needed to sustain the fledgling republic.
Part 2: Daniel Pilla’s Principles of Federal Tax Policy are discussed, which point to his preferred tax, the Sales Tax, with a further discussion about changing the present tax code.