Lawmakers Launch US Tax Reform Website
13 May 2013
Posted by: Author: Mike Godfrey
Source: Mike Godfrey (Tax-News.com, Washington)
House of Representatives Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R – Michigan) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D – Montana) have teamed up to launch TaxReform.gov, a new website dedicated to obtaining input from the American public on United States tax reform.
"The tax code is littered with special interest provisions that Washington has put in over the last 27 years," said Camp. "It is time to go line-by-line through the tax code and clean it up. There is no reason Americans should have to spend over 6bn hours and over USD160bn every year just trying to comply with the tax code."
"Baucus and I believe in a tax code that is more effective and efficient," he continued. "But Washington doesn't have all the answers. That is why we are joining together in a non-partisan way to invite you to weigh in on this debate. We want you, the American people, to share your story and your ideas about how our tax code should work."
Baucus added that "America's tax code today is complex, inefficient and acting as a brake on our economy. Camp and I believe it is in need of a serious overhaul. Over the past two years we've held more than 50 hearings and heard from hundreds of experts on how to fix the tax code, to make it simpler and fairer for families and spark a more prosperous economy. Now it's time to hear from the most important stakeholders – the American people."
He concluded that, "through the web site TaxReform.gov and Twitter all Americans will be able to weigh in and participate directly in the debate. We want to know what people think the nation's tax system should look like and how we can make families lives easier."
Developed in partnership with the Joint Committee on Taxation, TaxReform.gov will serve as a platform for the American public to weigh in on tax reform. Visitors to the website can learn about tax reform and submit ideas on how to improve the tax code. The site has been built around three sections: Why reform the Tax Code? What's already underway? Share your story and ideas.
The site also provides a library of material detailing the efforts by Baucus and Camp over the past two years as they have developed comprehensive tax reform proposals.
The idea is based on efforts of former Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski to engage the American public in the last successful overhaul of the US tax code in 1985. He encouraged the American public to send letters in support of tax reform in what became known as the "Write Rosty Campaign." As a result, Rostenkowski received more than 75,000 letters and post cards from the American public in support of tax reform, helping lead to the Tax Reform Act of 1986.