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Input: Time to overhaul state's tax system

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Articles - February 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011

As the tax debate rages in the halls of Congress and Salem, we asked readers for their opinions on a variety of state and federal tax issues.  Here’s what 691 participants said. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the online survey in late December.

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Randy
0 #1 businessmanRandy 2011-02-11 11:22:08
you bet we need tax reform! If we would lower income and capital gains by about 1/2 and add a 5% sales tax, we would add over $1 billion of revenue to state coffers, as we capture the underground economy and tourist dollars. These are Dept of Rev stats, not mine!!
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C Rogers
0 #2 BusinesswomanC Rogers 2011-02-11 11:41:02
It's time for a sales tax.

Don't know how a sales tax could be levied on an underground economy but it sure makes sense otherwise.
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Leslie Miller
0 #3 human beingLeslie Miller 2011-02-11 11:58:52
We have been missing out on tax dollars from tourism in a big way, something we pay when we are out of state. We could seriously reduce the burden on Oregonians if we reduced income and property taxes and implemented a sales tax.

It's just common sense.
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Kevin
0 #4 Sales Tax?Kevin 2011-02-11 12:01:34
You should have asked if it would be favored if one of the existing taxes were repealed. Oregonians do not trust government to implement a new tax and not raise it. By adding another tax you just increase income so the government can expand. This is not a panacea either. Look at Washington state. No income tax, but high sales tax and property tax that is as high as Oregon's. They are having budget problems also. In a recession income declines so spending drops.
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Kelsey L Wood
0 #5 "Missed out on taxing tourists" in errorKelsey L Wood 2011-02-11 12:31:37
If income is taxed, and tourists bring income, then aren't the tourists taxed? How can a sales tax be any different than income tax? Why would we be in favor of ADDING a sales tax, when we are already taxed for their revenue?

Don't fool yourselves into thinking a sales tax ON TOP OF INCOME TAX captures lost revenue, just adds revenues to be taxed!
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Ken Chevy
0 #6 ONE taxKen Chevy 2011-02-12 19:38:18
Sure. Go to a sales tax. BUT, get rid of BOTH other taxes in Oregon. No more property tax, no more income tax. Clean break. If that can't be done, then NO sales tax...same as the last bazillion times they have tried to con us into passing a sales tax.
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