Randy's Blog: Tax Reform Now


Date: April 15, 2015

Did you know? According to the Ways and Means Commitee, there were approximately 4,400 changes to the tax code in the past decade, meaning that small businesses are forced to manage more than one change per day.

With that in mind, it's no wonder that according to the IRS it takes the average American approximately 13 hours to comply with tax-filing requirements.

I believe that is unacceptable, and the American people have a right to expect better. That's why I'm fighting for lower levels of taxation, higher levels of accountability, and a simpler, fairer tax code. Here is a quick roundup of some bills the House is voting on this week, that address these issues:

Hold the federal government accountable. The Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1563) renders those individuals who have "seriously delinquent tax debts" ineligible for Federal employment. The Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1562), which is also being voted on this week, prohibits the award of contracts or grants to corporations or individuals that have seriously delinquent federal tax debt.

Stop taxing Americans twice. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 (H.R. 1105) stops Americans, who have paid taxes on what they've earned their entire lives, from being forced to pay taxes again, on the inheritance they leave behind to their children.

Make sales tax deduction permanent. The Get State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 622) makes the deduction for state and local sales taxes permanent (current law only gives taxpayers the choice on their federal return to deduct either the state income tax they pay or their sales taxes).

I'm also supporting legislation to abolish the current, overly complex Internal Revenue Code and create a simpler, fairer, steadier tax system for American small businesses and families.