Reps. Camp, Baucus launch to collect taxpayers’ input

Dave Camp

Dave Camp

Reps. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Max Baucus (D-Mt.) joined together on Thursday to launch, a site aimed at collecting input from American taxpayers on tax reform.

“The tax code is littered with special interest provisions that Washington has put in over the last 27 years,” Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said. “It is time to go line-by-line through the tax code and clean it up. There is no reason Americans should have to spend over 6 billion hours and over $160 billion every year just trying to comply with the tax code. Chairman Baucus and I believe in a tax code that is more effective and efficient. A simpler, fairer tax code will help families and it will help strengthen our economy. But Washington doesn’t have all the answers. That is why we are joining together in a non-partisan way to invite you to weigh in on this debate. We want you, the American people, to share your story and your ideas about how our tax code should work.”, which was developed in collaboration with the Joint Committee on Taxation, will allow the American public to offer comments and suggestions on tax reform. The input will be made available to the Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees when they start to craft legislation.

The idea for the website is based on previous efforts by former Ways and Means chairman Dan Rostenkowski to gain insight from the American public during the last successful overhaul of the tax code in 1985. He urged the American public to send in comment letters in what became known as the “Write Rosty Campaign,” which received more than 75,000 comment letters from the American public. The input ultimately helped lead to the creation of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

“America’s tax code today is complex, inefficient and acting as a brake on our economy,” Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said. “Chairman Camp and I believe it is in need of a serious overhaul. Over the past two years we’ve held more than 50 hearings and heard from hundreds of experts on how to fix the tax code, to make it simpler and fairer for families and spark a more prosperous economy. Now it’s time to hear from the most important stakeholders — the American people. Through the web site and Twitter all Americans will be able to weigh in and participate directly in the debate. We want to know what people think the nation’s tax system should look like and how we can make families lives easier.”

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