But you would have every merchant be a tax collector for the Feds and have his books subject to Federal audit.
Surely you realize that if every retail merchant becomes a tax collector for the Federal government the government will be anxious to ensure that they are receiving every dime owed to the government.
I will also tell you that I have know more than one merchant that was convicted by the State of Ohio for failing to remit to the state sales taxes collected by them.
This is not unusual for a merchant that is on his back trying to save his business. They are going broke and have to pay their suppliers or not get shipments of product so they go late on their remittance of tax receipts.
The State is not at all forgiving of this kind of infraction. I certainly do not want to put merchants in this position to the Federal government.
No, as I stated they would be remitted to the State (the Feds are thus removed), as most are already. A sales tax would remove the employers from that role and kill the 16th/IRS. Hell, I’d love to tack on having the debt being divided by all States/territories based on population.
So, biz owner busted for not paying his taxes - the customer sure did, is ‘bad’ how?
How would your path of keeping an income tax be a better plan?