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Compare the Candidates
on Taxes
Candidates' Positions and Views
for: U.S. Senate, Colorado
November 2004 General Election
Candidates positions and views on other Issues where information is available:
The report below lists the candidate responses to Taxes issue questions. The responses were provided by Wayne Allard, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell, Pete Coors, Victor Good, Finn Gotaas, John R. "Rob" Harris, Richard Randall and Ken Salazar or were obtained from their websites. The candidates select the issues and questions for which they want to provide a response. The first link is a report of all the issues and questions made available to the candidates. Many issues and questions had no responses - links are only provided where we have information. If there are many candidates for this office, you may have to scroll down to compare all responses.
Taxes Wayne Allard - R



Ben Nighthorse Campbell - R



Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell - C



Taxes, a General Statement In recent years, Congress has made important strides in reducing the tax burden on Americans. We have expanded the child tax credit, expanded eligibility for the lowest tax bracket, provided marriage penalty relief, and begun to eliminate the death penalty. While I have supported these tax cuts, I agree with the President that we need to undertake fundamental tax reform. The current tax code is far too large, complex, and burdensome. While this would involve the elimination of deductions and credits, it would more than be offset by a lower rate. While I was a member of the Colorado State legislature we implemented a 5 percent flat tax for Colorado. I believe we need to take similar action on the federal level I am also willing to consider a national sales tax or other ideas. This is appealing in that it would allow for elimination of the IRS. However, mechanisms would have to be put into place to ensure that the collection burden on small businesses would not be excessive, and that the income tax could not be resurrected. Unless the 16th Amendment were to be repealed, Americans could end up with both an income tax and a consumption tax. Whatever specific proposals are considered, my priority is to ensure that any reform is a benefit to the middle class, which has borne much of the burden of the current system. Any reform should also reward savings and investment and promote economic growth and job creation. Finally, a new, simpler system must not penalize marriage or family and should protect the rights of taxpayers.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
Tax Code The current tax code is far too large, complex, and burdensome. While this would involve the elimination of deductions and credits, it would more than be offset by a lower rate.
Source: allard.senate.gov/
public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Legislation.ViewIssue
(04/21/2008)
   
Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax) We have begun to eliminate the death penalty.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
Taxes Policy Whatever specific proposals are considered, my priority is to ensure that any reform is a benefit to the middle class, which has borne much of the burden of the current system. Any reform should also reward savings and investment and promote economic growth and job creation. Finally, a new, simpler system must not penalize marriage or family and should protect the rights of taxpayers.
Source: allard.senate.gov/
public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Legislation.ViewIssue
(04/21/2008)
   
National Sales Tax I am willing to consider a national sales tax or other ideas.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
Reforming and Simplifying Federal Taxes In recent years, Congress has made important strides in reducing the tax burden on Americans. We have expanded the child tax credit, expanded eligibility for the lowest tax bracket, provided marriage penalty relief, and begun to eliminate the death penalty. While I have supported these tax cuts, I agree with the President that we need to undertake fundamental tax reform. The current tax code is far too large, complex, and burdensome. While this would involve the elimination of deductions and credits, it would more than be offset by a lower rate. While I was a member of the Colorado State legislature we implemented a 5 percent flat tax for Colorado. I believe we need to take similar action on the federal level I am also willing to consider a national sales tax or other ideas. This is appealing in that it would allow for elimination of the IRS. However, mechanisms would have to be put into place to ensure that the collection burden on small businesses would not be excessive, and that the income tax could not be resurrected. Unless the 16th Amendment were to be repealed, Americans could end up with both an income tax and a consumption tax. Whatever specific proposals are considered, my priority is to ensure that any reform is a benefit to the middle class, which has borne much of the burden of the current system. Any reform should also reward savings and investment and promote economic growth and job creation. Finally, a new, simpler system must not penalize marriage or family and should protect the rights of taxpayers.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
Marriage Penalty We have provided marriage penalty relief.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
Child Tax Credit We have expanded the child tax credit.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Income Tax Rates
Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
Corporate Income Taxes
Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts
Value-Added Tax
Tax Proposals
Flat Tax
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Income Tax on Seniors
Tax Rates on Private Equity Funds
2001 Tax Cuts
Tax Credits for College
Tax Credits for Health Care
Tax-Free Savings Accounts
Business Tax Credits
R&D Tax Credit
Corporate Tax Loopholes
Offshore Tax Havens
Oil Company Tax Breaks
Property Taxes
Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
Taxes Pete Coors - R



Website

Victor Good - REF



Website

Finn Gotaas - U



2001 Tax Cuts I will fight to make the tax cuts permanent. Millions of Coloradans are benefitting from the tax cuts. Unlike my opponent, I would like to see this continue.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
Tax Credits for College Yes.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
   
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Taxes, a General Statement
Tax Code
Income Tax Rates
Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
Corporate Income Taxes
Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts
Value-Added Tax
Tax Proposals
Taxes Policy
National Sales Tax
Flat Tax
Reforming and Simplifying Federal Taxes
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Marriage Penalty
Income Tax on Seniors
Tax Rates on Private Equity Funds
Tax Credits for Health Care
Child Tax Credit
Tax-Free Savings Accounts
Business Tax Credits
R&D Tax Credit
Corporate Tax Loopholes
Offshore Tax Havens
Oil Company Tax Breaks
Property Taxes
Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
Taxes John R. "Rob" Harris - I



Website

Richard Randall - L



Website

Ken Salazar - D



Website

Taxes, a General Statement     No one likes paying more taxes. But we must have a fairer tax policy that rewards work, not just wealth. We need to be realistic: we cannot fund a strong national defense, homeland security, continue the war and nation-building in Iraq, as well as address education, health care, infrastructure and other domestic needs, at the same time that we permanently and significantly reduce our revenue base. Those who suggest we can safely increase spending while we permanently decrease taxes risk crippling the economic future of our nation. I support corporate tax changes that encourage domestic investment. Companies with domestic production would see their tax rate cut by up to 3.5 percent. We must reward companies for manufacturing goods in the U.S. by linking the size of the tax cut with the amount of goods produced here at home.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
Corporate Income Taxes   Yes
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
I support corporate tax changes that encourage domestic investment. Companies with domestic production would see their tax rate cut by up to 3.5 percent. We must reward companies for manufacturing goods in the U.S. by linking the size of the tax cut with the amount of goods produced here at home.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
Reforming and Simplifying Federal Taxes     I support corporate tax changes that encourage domestic investment. Companies with domestic production would see their tax rate cut by up to 3.5 percent. We must reward companies for manufacturing goods in the U.S. by linking the size of the tax cut with the amount of goods produced here at home.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
2001 Tax Cuts   Yes
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
No, it is not fiscally responsible to do so.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
Tax Credits for College   Yes
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
 
Corporate Tax Loopholes     Yes, absolutely.
Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)
These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Tax Code
Income Tax Rates
Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts
Value-Added Tax
Tax Proposals
Taxes Policy
National Sales Tax
Flat Tax
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Marriage Penalty
Income Tax on Seniors
Tax Rates on Private Equity Funds
Tax Credits for Health Care
Child Tax Credit
Tax-Free Savings Accounts
Business Tax Credits
R&D Tax Credit
Offshore Tax Havens
Oil Company Tax Breaks
Property Taxes
Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
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