“We must both reduce and simplify taxes,” he adds. That could mean replacing the income tax with a consumption tax. It could mean a low, flat income tax. But, he emphasizes, “the bottom line is that taxes are too high and too complex. It’s time for Americans to say that they are mad and aren’t going to take it anymore, just like they did in California three decades ago.”
Barr, an alleged supporter of the Fair Tax, has not come out for any specific tax reforms. Unlike Republican Ron Paul, Barr does not call for the abolition of the income tax to be “replaced with nothing.”
Barr’s running mate, Wayne Allyn Root, detailed an interesting tax proposal weeks before falling short in his bid to gain the LP’s presidential nomination. Root called for a return to proportional taxation, under which the federal government’s power would be greatly curbed.
The Libertarian Party requires members to pledge: “I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals.” Most Libertarians consider taxation to be a violation of the pledge, however, reductions of taxation are considered by some an acceptable incremental step.