April – A Fat Chance!
Starting the National Fat Tax
Most people are unhappy with the fact they’re forced to pay taxes based upon their income. So why not abolish the Income Tax Laws and substitute body fat? Perhaps Japan was onto something a few years ago, having companies start checking all worker’s Body Mass Index(BMI) and monitor their body fat. In today’s society, people are too obese. In fact, up to 50% are overweight. Every family should weigh in at the post office, on or before April 15th, and pay $5 a pound for each member. This aggregate amount will give the Government as much, if not more, than taxing income… now that’s a fat chance!
Esquire Magazine, did a full story on the ‘fat Texan’ who headed this national effort to implement a fat tax in the US. The slogan was, ‘The More You Weigh, the More You Pay.’ The official Institute for a Healthy America (IHA) website, fattaxfacts.org, was set up to support the body taxation and get the word out.
What’s your Fat tax?
TO CALCULATE HOW MUCH YOU WOULD OWE under the fat tax, first go to fattaxfacts.org, click on ‘bmi Calculator,’ and get your body-mass index. if it’s 25.4 or lower, you would owe nothing. but as soon as you hit 25.5, you would have to pay. Each point* above the limit is assessed a fixed amount that’s scaled to your income (see table). For example, if your bmi is 27 and you made $150,000 last year, you’d owe a $2,000 fat tax. a million-plus earner with a bmi of 35 would owe a whopping $100,000.
INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME: $100,000 or less
FAT TAX (PER BMI POINT ABOVE THE LIMIT): $500
INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME: 100,001 to 500,000
FAT TAX (PER BMI POINT ABOVE THE LIMIT): 1,000
INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME: 500,001 to 1,000,000
FAT TAX (PER BMI POINT ABOVE THE LIMIT): 5,000
INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME: 1,000,001 and above
FAT TAX (PER BMI POINT ABOVE THE LIMIT): 10,000
* Decimal points within your bmi would be rounded up, never down. For example, a bmi of 25.5 would be assessed at 26; a bmi of 26.1 at 27.