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Taxes and the Budget

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Ms. FOXX. National taxpayer advocate Nina E. Olson lists "complexity in the Tax Code'' as "the number one most serious problem facing taxpayers.'' At about 4 million words in length, it's not hard to see why. Our Tax Code is four times wordier than the Bible, minus the grace and mercy. It's so complex and intimidating that 60 percent of Americans pay good money just to have someone else tell them how much the government is going to take from them. Families spend more on taxes today than on food, clothing, and housing combined.

We should be working to lighten that burden. A simpler, fairer Tax Code will help families save more and empower employers to pay their workers more and create new jobs. A Tax Code that doesn't require taxpayers to own a secret decoder ring or hire a legal team is the kind of reform we're working on in the House of Representatives. A commonsense Tax Code will make the difference in the lives of taxpayers, and that's what this Congress should strive toward.


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