July 5, 2018

It seems as if Congress is always trying to pass some bill that that’s so big, we won’t know what’s in it until it’s the law.  And that always works out swell…for the government, not for us.

For instance, in 2015, Congress voted on an 864-page highway funding bill.  The Wall Street Journal, which was one of the few media outlets that actually took the time to slog through the whole thing, discovered that buried deep inside it was yet another new power for the Internal Revenue Service (I don’t know how the IRS relates to highways, unless it’s because they treat us like speed bumps, or maybe because some tax rates are highway robbery.) 


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For some inexplicable reason, the proposed “highway funding bill” gave the State Department the right to revoke or deny your passport if you owed the IRS more than $50,000.  Once it was spotted, its backers assured us this would “usually” only apply to Americans with IRS liens on their property, and “likely” wouldn’t hit those who’d made payment arrangements.  I don’t know about you, but I’m “usually” not comfortable with giving broad new powers to the IRS on the promise that they “usually” wouldn’t expand them and “likely” wouldn’t abuse them.

This is why I never understood why I remain the only major Presidential candidate who’s run on a platform of replacing the income tax with the consumption-based Fair Tax.  Any other proposal to flatten rates or simplify the tax code still keeps the IRS in place in some form.  And from their targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs to taking the Fifth and destroying evidence; from unconstitutionally acting as prosecutor, judge and jury; to their unlawful seizing of property and jailing of Americans, the IRS has proven that it is unworthy of the powers it already has. 

As of 2015, we already had 85,000 IRS agents.  That was over twice as many IRS agents as FBI agents, and over 14 times more IRS agents than CIA agents.  During the hearings into the targeting of conservative nonprofits, IRS officials displayed undisguised contempt both for the rules they’re supposed to obey and the people’s representatives who are supposed to be their watchdogs.  To add even more insult to injury, they later begged that their testimony - which was on the record and the property of the American people -- not be publicly released because they feared retribution if the American people found out what they said.  This out-of-control agency certainly didn’t need new powers to curtail our right to move about freely. 


The day the IRS was created, the fundamental relationship between the American people (the boss) and the government (their servant) was turned upside down. The government has no business demanding to know your income or controlling how you spend your own money.  It certainly has no right to seize your property without due process of law, or to assume you're guilty until you prove yourself innocent.  It’s time not only to stop punishing productivity, but to restore the proper relationship of government as the servant of the people, not the people as servants of the government.  That can begin only when the Fair Tax replaces the income tax, and the IRS is no more. 


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  • Robert Graves

    08/26/2019 07:29 PM

    I supported you when you ran for president and the main reason was your support of The Fairtax. I’m still a believer of The Fairtax and you. I wish you could convince Trump to make it the law of the land. Thanks for all you do and God bless.

  • Adrian Rehak

    08/26/2019 06:40 PM

    I can't compare without information of what the Fair Tax is you refer to. Please explain in your post. It's probably better but like you I don't want anything sneaked in like was done in the highway funding bill.

  • Don Jaun

    08/26/2019 05:58 PM

    Fair tax, would that apply to people after its deemed they have a livable income?
    it people are living on Social Security and currently see a $27,000 credit would it be dissolved into an equal tax of 10%, taking a large portion of their stagnant below COLA increases and income?
    on another subject..
    hows about raising the ceiling of $132,900 on Social Security withholding's, this will Generate more for Social Security
    raise it to %250,000 to $500,000.00

  • Mary Cornelius

    08/26/2019 10:02 AM

    I supported first Mike Huckabee, and second Ben Carson in the last election because of their support for the Fair Tax initiative. It was my biggest disappointment as far as the Trump presidency is concerned. I would love to see President Trump add implementing Fair Tax to his “to do” list. It would go such a long way to heal so many things that are wrong in our great nation

  • Paula Bondy

    08/26/2019 09:40 AM

    Just how do we pursue and accomplish this totally common sense goal? All American working class should agree this is THE answer to our taxation.

  • Debra Garrison

    08/26/2019 09:18 AM

    IRS should also have a cap on the amount of penalties and interest they can impose on a debt. A lot of small business owners have made errors when trying to navigate the complexities of filing and paying taxes on time, I have one error from 2007 of a $3000.00 payment that now has a penalty and interest due of $45,000.00 and IRS refuses to negotiate the penalty down. They are worse than loan sharks.

  • LillieBetty Osborne

    08/26/2019 07:17 AM

    I agree with you whole heartedly! Thank you for stsnding up for true Americans!

  • Janet Lacroix

    08/25/2019 11:28 PM

    Yes, Fair Tax system. Eliminate IRS!

  • Ronald H Wall

    08/25/2019 11:03 PM

    Let's do it.It makes sense,we need this.

  • Russell & Mary Anne Tetzschner

    08/25/2019 09:06 PM

    Would love the fair tax rate. But probably will never happen. Unfortunately, and sadly we already do work for the Government. Some people with money & power are above the law. How did we let this happen? I pray all the time. I put my faith in him ??????????????????????????????????

  • Stan Honstad

    08/25/2019 08:46 PM

    I have been in favor of a consumption tax for years. Taxing production is so regressive.

  • Claudia Garland

    08/02/2018 10:05 AM

    Mike I am all for anything or anyone who takes down the IRS. I would back the Fair Tax no question. The IRS is too big and has too much power over things that should not be. I have read many stories that while the IRS will go after people who have little but many IRS Agents are not paying their taxes. How can this be allowed to happen? I don't think this agency can be fixed I think it should be taken down.

  • William Morley

    07/30/2018 07:48 PM

    The IRS should have been done away with a long time ago. They should not have any power over the people. They are only collectors of government money. A flat tax would be a more fair way to finance our Government. A base amount on annual income. 15 % up to $50,000 annual income. 20% $50,001- $150,000,-22% $150,001-$500,000 and 25% for $500,001- $1,000,000 - 28% for everything above $1,000,001.
    No one is exempt including welfare recipients.

  • Glen Linscheid

    07/29/2018 04:02 PM

    I was born in a state that has NEVER had a sales tax, call it what you want, you are calling for an unavoidable (Not by moving to a better state) sales tax! You want a true "Fair tax"? That CAN be done without an unfair sales tax. An income tax on a post card could be done using a flat tax, whatever is done it must have citizen guidance, not IRS guidance, not greedy government guidance. Look harder but please please please NOT looking toward another disgusting sales tax. Historically sales taxes rise and rise and rise, so they offer no escape. States with sales taxes eventually ad other taxes too, luxury taxes for instance. Please, no sales tax whatever you want to call it.

  • Thomas Guest

    07/26/2018 10:29 PM

    I'm all for the Fair Tax.

  • Theresa Carver

    07/26/2018 02:19 PM

    Mike...We REALLY need to get rid of the IRS so it can no longer be used as a weapon against The People. The best way to do this is Flat/Fair Tax. With a limit of a percentage that (in total - Federal, State, Local) can not exceed. EVERYONE would pay and EVERYONE would benefit. We would certain need to police the spending since, I'm sure, the money will start pouring in. We need to reduce our debt as soon as possible!

  • Theresa Carver

    07/26/2018 01:26 PM

    Mike...We REALLY need to get rid of the IRS so it can no longer be used as a weapon against The People. The best way to do this is Flat/Fair Tax. With a limit of a percentage that (in total - Federal, State, Local) can not exceed. EVERYONE would pay and EVERYONE would benefit. We would certain need to police the spending since, I'm sure, the money will start pouring in. We need to reduce our debt as soon as possible!

  • Susan L Haikkila

    07/26/2018 02:33 AM

    Huck, I agree about the IRS, completely. They are the gestapo of the one-worlders, since their inception. Thank you for standing for the right, the good, and the godly.

  • John W. Vettel, LtCol, USAF (Ret)

    07/19/2018 04:57 PM

    Hi Mike -
    I always watch (and enjoy) your show on TBN!

    Was happy to shake your hand at Ron Knecht's home in Carson City . . . Think you're a Great American . . . but I voted for Ben Carson in the primary . . . and would have voted for Trump, in hindsight. Neither you nor Ben was the "Junk Yard Dog" we needed. Trump is filling that role admirably . . . and more!

    Please bug Trump on The Fair Tax. You're a great spokesman for this (what I believe to be) action essential to restoring true freedom to the American People!

    Thanks for all you do . .. and I LOVE your daughter!! She is SUPER (and tough as nails)!

    John Vettel

  • Dave Staudacher

    07/18/2018 07:45 PM

    I'm an independent, and a staunch supporter of the FairTax. I have written numerous emails to my previous and current senators and representatives, asking them to investigate and support it as well. Unfortunately, their responses have left me somewhat skeptical about the prospects of getting the FairTax enacted anytime soon.

    I'd like to propose a modified approach that should eliminate many of the objections I've heard, and may have a much better chance of passing. The general idea is to split Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from the rest of the federal budget. That portion (roughly 40%) would be funded exclusively by an "SSMM" payroll tax, as described below. The remaining 60% would be funded by the FairTax, but at a proportionally lower rate (roughly 14% inclusive / 18% exclusive).

    The "SSMM" tax would be a payroll deduction similar to the current FICA/OASDI system, with the following important differences:
    1) There would be no employer-funded match -- the whole amount would be deducted from the employee's paycheck and forwarded directly to the SSMM administration. To maintain status quo at the transition point, employers would be required to implement a one time increase in employees' gross pay, so that employer costs and employee net pay would remain the same.
    2) Employers would face stiff penalties for failing to collect the tax on an employee's compensation. That, combined with the fact that it's not money out of the employer's pocket, should eliminate current incentives to "hide" compensation from SSMM.
    3) Going forward, the SSMM rate would be allowed to float as needed to cover actual SSMM expenditures and appropriate reserves.

    This change would provide the following benefits:
    a) Forces transparency in the SSMM funding process, so that citizens can easily see the true cost of those programs, without having to factor in ethereal effects of the company match and budgetary "shell games" played by politicians.
    b) Lowers the FairTax rate, which reduces "sticker shock" to voters that don't understand the balancing effect of eliminating embedded taxes, and alleviates fears of black market evasion of the FairTax.
    c) Avoids the possibility of employers overstating their employees' income to the Social Security folks (under the "pure" FairTax, employers would still have to report that income, but there's no inherent way to keep them honest, short of audits -- with my scheme, the income that's subject to the SSMM payroll tax is exactly what the Social Security folks use for their computation).

    What do you think?

  • Jeffery Hendricks

    07/18/2018 12:30 AM

    Don't hold your breath on the Fair Tax. I don't think Congress is interested in lessening their power over the People. Instead, the passage and failure to repeal Obamacare show they only want to increase federal control over, We, the People.

  • Connie L. Bickel

    07/17/2018 09:25 PM

    Once again, I agree 100% with you, Mike. Sure wish the IRS was no more.

  • Donna Paget M.Ed.

    07/17/2018 11:36 AM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for your continued support of the FairTax. After reading some of the comments left after your article, I think many people still don't understand it! It gets RID of the IRS! You mention in your article many instances where the IRS oversteps the bounds of an organization that should be in place ONLY to fund our country. It has become this police force that invades our homes and businesses and punishes citizens for perceived wrong-doings. Yes, I want to pay taxes (really!). I want nice roads, good schools, police forces, fire departments, and an effective and protective military. That all costs money. FairTax is the easiest and most comprehensive way to collect taxes without having to have it deducted from my pay, sent to the bloated IRS, then have to file in April telling them all my personal info! Does EVERY citizen who earns money in America file their income taxes? I think not as we have 45% of Americans who avoid or never pay taxes. So who is REALLY funding the country? Also, we make ordinary citizens into criminals by trying to avoid paying taxes (probably everybody has tried to figure out a way to pay less in taxes . . .) A consumption tax paid at the register eliminates the cheaters.
    Yes, there is a segment of our population who doesn't pay taxes now and will get caught up in having to pay at the register when they buy something (FairTax is a consumption tax, after all), but the FairTax allows for that with a pre-bate, where every household receives money to compensate. Readers, PLEASE find out more about FairTax at or and see how much easier the FairTax is, how many deadbeat citizens would now pay (how may drug dealers fill out a W-2?), and how businesses, large and small, would benefit. Please find out more and support our politicians and public figures like Mr. Huckabee who see the future of funding our country really is best with the FairTax.

  • Edward Finley

    07/16/2018 02:45 PM

    Man!! You are so right Mike! I believe as a nation we have traded commons sense for a Government Nanny, because a lot of people today see government as their savior,instead of trusting in the true savior. Even when the left talks like Russia is pulling strings to help Republican Conservatives to win elections! I want to gag in disgust at their ignorance. Why would Russia,a communist nation,want to help conservative Republicans win elections? It just amazes me that any rational person would think that way. I mean really! They are so blinded by the phony's on the Mainstream Media. Like a bunch of Lemmings following this leftist ideology. It is crazy!!

  • Ronald Maiellaro

    07/14/2018 07:46 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, thank you for this article. As one of The FAIRtax Guys, I hope you remain involved in promoting the FAIRtax and keeping it in front of the American people and their legislators. Also, along with discussing your recent article on our weekly podcast & streaming video, I want you to know you have an open invitation to join us on FAIRtax Power Radio. We would love to work with you to further educate the American people about REAL tax reform. You can check out our weekly show on or Let’s get this done/