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April 15th: 80% of Americans Want Congress to Fix Broken Tax Code Now

Brady: We need a simpler, fairer tax code built for growth

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Washington, April 14, 2015 | comments

Washington, DC: U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, a senior member of the tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee, released the following statement ahead of April 15, the deadline for filing federal income taxes:

“The U.S. tax code is too costly, complex and unfair – but mostly unfair. Especially to hardworking taxpayers, local businesses and America’s economy.”

A national survey by Texas-based polling firm Baselice & Associates shows 80% of voters support Congress “acting now to fix the tax code by making it fairer, flatter and simpler’. Eighty six percent of Republicans support reform, followed by 79% of Democrats and 76% of independent voters.

“Americans agree: We need a simpler, fairer tax code that’s built for growth and makes our economy healthier. It should close loopholes and limit deductions to lower tax rates for everybody. Small businesses shouldn’t pay higher tax rates than big businesses, and real reform should stop encouraging companies to shift jobs overseas.”

“I believe a 21st century tax code shouldn’t raise taxes to bail out Washington’s spending problem. It should limit spending, rein in the IRS and strengthen America’s economy to begin paying down our national debt.”

Background: Brady and his Republican colleagues on the Ways & Means Committee have worked the past three years to develop the first top-to-bottom tax reform proposal since 1986. The draft – a starting point for tax reform debate in America - was unveiled by former committee chairman Dave Camp in 2014. Current chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is making tax reform his signature issue for the Ways & Means Committee.

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