Argument: Progressive taxation helps combat extreme poverty
Robert J. Shapiro. "Why Fairness Matters: Progressive Versus Flat Taxes". Progressive Policy Institute. 1 Apr. 1996 - Flat tax. The Armey and Forbes flat tax proposals would repeal four of these six elements the EITC, the graduated tax rates, the phaseout of personal deductions at the top, and estate taxes. The repeal of the EITC, in particular, would worsen the poverty of millions of working poor people and their children.