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Statement on Introduction of the Cost of Government Awareness Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


* Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce the Cost of Government Awareness Act, which repeals one of the most deceptive practices of the federal government--income tax withholding. Withholding keeps many Americans ignorant about the true size of the federal tax burden. Withholding is also the reason millions of Americans overpay their income taxes, granting the United States Government interest-free loans. Many of these taxpayers are further misled into thinking the U.S. Government is acting benevolently when they receive ``refunds'' of money improperly taken from them through withholding!

* Collecting taxes via withholding damages the economy because it forces every business in America to waste valuable resources complying with the withholding tax requirements. The Internal Revenue Service is so fanatical about forcing employers to act as de facto federal agents that it once confiscated the assets of a church because the church refused to violate the church's religious beliefs by acting as a tax collector. The IRS sent armed federal agents in this house of worship, even though the church's employees regularly paid taxes.

* When the United States Government implemented withholding in 1943, it promised the American people that this would be a ``temporary'' measure. I am sure my colleagues agree that 64 years is a sufficient lifespan for any ``temporary'' measure. It is time to end the deceptive practice of withholding and empower taxpayers to reflect upon their tax bill each month and ask, ``What are they getting for their money.'' An honest answer to that question may lead to a groundswell for true tax reform.

* In conclusion, Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to let the American people know their tax burden by cosponsoring the Cost of Government Awareness Act.

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