“I would move tax day to the day before election day,” Levin said in an interview on CNSNews.com’s Online With Terry Jeffrey.
“I think this is very important, because if you’ll notice, election day and tax day are about as far apart as they can get, like seven months apart,” said Levin. “So we’re voting on the promises of politicians rather than the reality of what these politicians have done.”
“In my view,” said Levin, “particularly when it comes to incumbent politicians, those of us who still pay our federal income taxes, we pay our taxes, then the next day we go out and vote, and I think that is crucially important, so we are linking reality to the electoral process.”
Under current law, Americans must file their federal tax returns by April 15 and elections for federal offices are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Levin’s proposal to constitutionally mandate that the government put tax day and election day back to back is included as part of two larger constitutional amendments he proposes to limit the taxing and spending of the federal government.
One amendment would require Congress to balance the budget while spending no more than 17.4 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The other would prohibit Congress from taking in taxes any more than 15 percent of any person’s annual income or any corporation’s annual income.
“I’d limit the level of a tax, a flat tax, at 15 percent,” said Levin, “and if Congress wants to adjust it underneath 15 percent,, that’s perfectly fine. Of course, I add a footnote to say that if we can get a fair tax, I’m all for it--that would be more difficult, but I don’t object, of course.”
Under the amendment he would like to see ratified, Levin stressed, the federal government could never take more than 15 percent of a person’s or corporation’s income.
“Under the circumstances, no individual--and by individual, I also mean legal individual, corporations, what have you--under no circumstance could they take more than 15 percent of anyone’s income in any given year,” said Levin.
“Also there ought to be no other forms of taxation, like a national sales tax or a VAT tax or what have you. Period,” said Levin.
Article V of the Constitution says that two-thirds of the state legislatures can call a convention of the states for proposing constitutional amendments. Just like constitutional amendments proposed by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, the amendments proposed by such a convention would need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states to become part of the Constitution. In The Liberty Amendments: Restoring The American Republic, Levin argues that the state legislatures should use this Article V power to call a convention and proposed constitutional amendments.
Levin proposes a series of amendments designed to restore the system of checks and balances the Framers incorporated into the Constitution and protect individual liberty against an over-reaching federal government.
Click here to see CNSNews.com’s full interview with Levin about The Liberty Amendments.