I've always toyed with the idea of a consumption based tax. Where instead of having a tax based on what you make, it's what you spend. Admittedly some won't be taxed at all, but would it be viable to have a higher flat tax (and extra taxes) on all goods, property and such and eliminate Income tax in the US? Of course the tax would have to be higher for everything (think 10-20%) but there would be less bureaucracy, the IRS would essentially be gone (think about it, only businesses report and send in taxes) and there's less lost paperwork. Not to mention more money to spend, although the tax is higher, the fact that you have more income offsets it. Basically it's the FairTax Idea.