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Goodlatte Statementon Tax Day


Location: Washington, DC

"We often hear that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. Yet, the current federal tax code is a source of much uncertainty for many taxpayers. As taxpayers scramble to meet the midnight filing deadline for 2012 federal income tax returns, they are met with a mountain of paperwork, hefty fees for tax preparation, and a headache from navigating the outdated, needlessly complex tax code.

"With Americans spending 6.7 billion hours to prepare and file their tax returns, it is clear that the tax code is no longer working in a fair manner. We must scrap the current tax code and simplify and reform the system to boost our economy and encourage investment and growth. Instead of new tax-and-spend policies, Congress must focus on keeping taxes low so individuals and businesses will be able to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars. Simplifying the tax code and reducing the tax burden would send a clear message to job creators that the United States is a good place for business. Now is the time for comprehensive tax reform that will lower taxes and create a simpler, pro-growth tax code that works for American families and businesses."

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