Congressman Ander Crenshaw, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government which oversees the Internal Revenue Service, issued the following statement on tax-filing day, April 15:
"Tax reform and fiscal responsibility are spotlighted once again as families and businesses across Florida and the nation wrap up the time-consuming, costly, and difficult task of filing their annual tax returns.
"In my book, the only clear route to easing this burden and creating a stronger economy with more jobs and higher wages is to simplify the tax code, lower rates, and close loopholes. It's a fight I proudly wage every day on Capitol Hill.
"Unlike the Obama Administration's budget plan that increases spending, holds Social Security and Medicare reform hostage to tax hikes, and raises taxes, including 21 different tax hikes alone from Obamacare, the House Republican budget demonstrates long-term commitment to a strong economic future.
"The comprehensive approach I voted for on March 21creates fiscal peace of mind by tackling wasteful government spending, keeping taxes low, and protecting national security. The House Republican plan also repeals Obamacare and moves toward patient-centered health care in addition to strengthening Medicare and protecting Social Security -- all without raising taxes.
"Moreover, a tax code that forces Americans to spend billions of hours each year to understand and fill out IRS returns leaves little room for either.
"The solution in my book is for Congress to reform our tax code by enacting the FairTax -- a national sales tax on all new products sold in the United States. The 131-page measure replaces the IRS and 70,000 pages of outdated code and is long overdue. I'm a co-sponsor and will continue to urge my colleagues to join me in this fight.
"Americans understand the value of balancing their own budgets, put these concepts to work every day, and expect Washington to do the same. They can be assured that as they work hard to pay the bills, stay on top of the mortgage, and ahead of their own budgets, I will support plans to reduce their taxes, and reject those that won't."