Speaker Kevin McCarthy says he doesn’t support plan to replace income taxes and abolish the IRS

WASHINGTON—A decades-old proposal to replace federal income, estate and payroll taxes with a national sales tax has gained support and attention in the new House GOP majority, but House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he doesn’t favor the policy.

The so-called FairTax, if enacted, would be the largest structural change in U.S. taxation in 110 years. Wages, capital gains and corporate profits would become tax-free. The new levy would hit consumption instead. The national sales tax would apply to a broad base including food, medical care and new homes. 


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