I would go for VAT as long as it REPLACES the IRS........
VAT is ok in some ideas... Also remember the the national sales tax, means you pay a tax for everything you pay for... Ie VAT on paying your bills for a credit card......... Literally EVERYTHING.
Now one thing about this system is, NO MATTER WHAT... everyone pays the same amount. If you buy less goods you have more money....... if you spend more, you pay more....... this also Covers the illegals that are in the USA, drug lords, Pimps, Ho's, Strippers, tourists, you name it.......... EVERYONE has to buy goods/services for a living..... SO everyone pays into the system.
On the flip side goods/services SHOULD drop a little in prices, as store owners won't have to pay a inventory tax or income tax. they get taxed on spending their money also... Though i don't know how it would work for goods purchased for retail sale.
Many "3rd world" countries have VAT. It is the best way to INSURE Everyone pays there share. As long as you live in that country.
Now for me, it would be even better. I earn dollars but live and spend my money in Colombia... which is cheaper.... I just help pay into their tax system. BTW Colombia is 16.8% VAT
CAR SALES TAX in Colombia though is a staggering 100% of value. i saw a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 the other day. its brand new sitting on the show room floor...... 99,999.00 US DOLLARS...100k for a fucking Jeep.. thats nuts.
Then again their idea is that if you can afford a car, then you are rich... so if yor rich the corrupt Govt wants thier cut........ Oh yea cheap bullshit 85 RON (octane) gas is still over 3.00 a gallon and super is over 4.50 a gallon.
Lets se what the US govt wants to do about this whole TAX thing...... personally i like the idea of VAt.... its better than the current bullhsit we have going on right now....... One thing i can see though creating static , is the IDEA of not having a tax return. Many people use that as their only saving account........
With VAt , there is no tax return.