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President Donald Trump has proposed what he calls “the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.” He also wants vast simplification so that Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard return. Let’s hope that part of this reform package will be to defang the IRS, which treats Americans as if they are guilty until proven innocent and invades the basic privacy rights of citizens.
Meanwhile Mr. Trump’s critics on the left seems to think the tax code is just fine the way it is — although some, like socialist hero Bernie Sanders, want tax rates to go much higher.
So as a primer for why Americans deserve genuine tax relief and reform, here are five reminders of how badly our tax system is broken: