Until and unless we can pass a Constitutional Amendment to rescind the 16th Amendment, it is high time we revise the way we engage in the income tax. 1. On whatever date the legislation becomes effective, all deductions of any kind for anyone and everyone get eliminated. Period. 2. Since a totally flat tax is probably unfair to the lowest income earners (i.e., they can ill afford to pay very much on a very low income), we will probably have to accept some kind of sliding scale. I propose a four step gradient. The lowest income earners pay 1%. Period. The slightly more able pay no more than 5%. The majority of tax payers pay no more than 15 to 20%. The very rich (however that gets defined) pay no more than 25%. In time of national emergency -- such as a declared war -- there may be a surcharge amounting to 1/2 of the scheduled taxes, above. 3. Double taxation shall be eliminated. Therefore, corporations shall pay no income tax. Period. 4. NO (without exception other than the national emergency contingency mentioned above) budget or spending bill shall be lawful that does not meet the strict test of a balanced budget. 5. Speaking of balanced budgets -- all future budgets MUST provide first for paying down a portion of the outstanding debt including all interest due for each year. Only after that part if addressed may any budget bill proceed to provide for any other spending of any kind. 6. Back to the taxation issue. Henceforth, no tax "plans" or alterations to any tax plans shall be lawful if the forms necessary to complete one's tax reporting requirements (for individuals) amount to more than the size of one post card. 7. The new national tax code must be confined to one volume of no more than 50 pages.