First, I object to all taxes on moral grounds. They are theft. Stolen money has a way of tainting all it touches. Yes, thatu2019s a bit esoteric, but it sure seems to in practice. The u201cinvisible handu201d is a measurable quantity of shared increase that only happens by the act of voluntary, fully-informed, exchange of value. Taxes (in the US) are not voluntary, they are not fully-informed transactions (think u201cwithholdingu201d,) and they are actually an exchange of debt.Income taxes are the worst possible kind of taxes. They have no place in a supposedly free society. There is simply no way to collect or enforce income tax without some government agency having its nose in all transactions and financial records, and fingers on many. That is the opposite of u201csecure in papers and effects.u201d Thatu2019s how we have a federal agency that is not constitutionally authorized but whose de facto powers exceed all elected representatives.Worse, income taxes are used as an instrument of social control. Thatu2019s what all those exemptions, deductions, and credits are foru2014this year, Congress wants you to behave this way and not that way. We can choose to act otherwise, but why should we pay the federal bribe to act with individual liberty?If we admit to a need to fund some collective services (defense, courts, etc.) by taxes, then the act of that theft should be as quick and painless as possible, with no chance for venal manipulation and no reason for Gestapo-like collection. Here are a few ideas.Poll tax - not very good, but itu2019s constitutional. Each state pays the federal government $xx for each person in that state. Each state collects separately. As I said, not very good.VAT or consumption tax - Right now we tax workers. (Soc. Sec. for instance.) Changing to a sales style tax would increase the value of labor relative to machines, as now the latter would be taxed rather than depreciated and the former could be depreciated rather than taxed. It requires zero individual record keeping. It does however make all businesses tax collectors, so itu2019s still far from perfect.A Forbes-style u201cflat tax.u201d If we absolutely feel we must keep taxing income. The truth is that u201cmoney-in - compute-stuff - collect x%u201d is a simple math construct and that the middle term can simply be eliminated, and still retain some u201crevenue neutralu201d tax picture. We donu2019t need exemptions, deductions, credits, depreciation, etc.Even less radical, but effective u2022 change the rules for capital gains, and for deductions. First, make all deductions available to businesses (retirement, travel, medical, taxes, entertainment, clothing, equipment, etc.) also available to individual human taxpayers. Only one set of rules where we donu2019t steal from people to subsidize business. Second, make the capital gains tax time sensitive. The less time you hold an asset, the greater your tax rate. The stock and commodity markets are supposed to be providing liquidity, not funding high-tech gambling schemes. Pick some reasonable time, letu2019s say 6 months. Hold an equity that long and tax is 20%. Hold it twice as long and tax is 15%, 10% for 18 months, 5% for two years, and after that. Going the other way, hold it for 3 months and itu2019s 25%, 6 weeks is 30%, 3 weeks is 35%, u2022 15 minutes is 80%, 4 min is 90%, 1 min or less is 100%. This eliminates high-speed trading and the gross market distortions is causes. It also promotes long-term investing.In short, there is a lot we could do to clean up federal taxation in the US. Donu2019t hold your breath. I fully expect to see the same Titanic thrown at us with an only mildy-rearranged set of deck chairs on the Lido deck.