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Two lawmakers have teamed up to launch, a new website that seeks public input on tax reform.

Website is a Bipartisan Effort to Engage the Public in Tax Reform

  • 5/15/2013

Website is a Bipartisan Effort to Engage the Public in Tax Reform

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, have teamed up to launch, a new website dedicated to obtaining input from the American public on tax reform.

Developed in partnership with the Joint Committee on Taxation, will serve as a platform for the public to weigh in on tax reform, according to a press release issued by the chairmen. Input from visitors to the website will be valuable to the tax-writing committees as they craft legislation. The site also incorporates Twitter tools that allow the public to weigh in by following @simplertaxes.

“The tax code is littered with special interest provisions that Washington has put in over the last 27 years. It is time to go line-by-line through the tax code and clean it up,ˮ said Camp.

Baucus added, “America’s tax code today is complex, inefficient, and acting as a brake on our economy. 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 to spark a more prosperous economy. Now it’s time to hear from the most important stakeholders — the American people.ˮ

The idea is based on efforts of former Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Illinois, to engage the American public in the last successful overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 1986. He encouraged taxpayers to send letters in support of tax reform in what became known as the “Write Rosty Campaign.ˮ The campaign resulted in the receipt of more than 75,000 letters and post cards from the public in support of tax reform, helping lead to the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Visitors to the website can learn about tax reform and submit ideas on how to improve the tax code. The site has been built around three sections:

  • Why reform the tax code?
  • What’s already underway?
  • Share your story and ideas.

The site also provides a library of material detailing the efforts by Baucus and Camp over the past two years as they have developed comprehensive tax reform proposals.

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