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Is A Value-Added Tax Heading Our Way?

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Executive Summary

There is a great deal of buzz starting to generate around the "value-added tax" (or VAT). The concept of a VAT was first proposed by Wilhelm von Siemens, son of the founder of Siemens in 1918. The first country to implement a value-added tax was France in 1954. Today, nearly 100 countries have a VAT. The U.S., so far, is not among the list. But that may change soon. Many experts are arriving at the conclusion that income tax increases and spending reductions alone will not be enough to bring the annual budget deficit to manageable levels.

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