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WASHINGTON, DC- Given the resurgence of the flat tax debate in Washington, FreedomWorks released the following statement:
We could not be more thrilled that fundamental tax reform has once again taken center stage in the national debate. A flat tax is the only tax code that would treat all citizens the same. It is progressive, voluntary, and ensures that everyone gets a deduction. It is the only truly fair tax policy on the table.
A flat tax is simple. Individuals would have the option to file their taxes in five minutes on a form the size of a postcard. The current tax code is a 60,000-page catalog of loopholes and exemptions for special interests. While wealthy individuals and corporations can hire teams of accountants and tax attorneys to game the system, the average American taxpayer spends 26.5 hours preparing and sending in their taxes.
A flat tax is good for the taxpayer, good for business, and great for the economy. Small businesses could concentrate their limited time and resources on expanding their productivity, rather than spending hours jumping through hoops in the tax code. These billions in saved compliance costs and man hours would boost job growth, and be a major stimulant to the economy.
A truly fair tax policy is what a majority of Americans want. Fundamental tax reform is a cornerstone in the Contract from America, a grassroots document outlining what over 2 million of Americans want for their future. To date, about 71 elected House and Senate members and 25 candidates have signed the Contract, renewing their commitment to advancing the ideas of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.
“I have long said that we’ll know Americans have finally beat Washington when we pass a flat tax and remove the loopholes, double standards and special interests that pollute the current tax code,” commented Dick Armey, Chairman of FreedomWorks. “Taxes have one purpose, and that is to raise revenue. Any exceptions that empower the government to pick winners and losers, act like social engineers, or use tax loopholes or credits to barter for votes are disgraceful corruptions of the system.”
Armey continued, “The sweeping tea party victories in the November 2010 elections were proof that Americans are looking for bold change in Washington, and the resurgence of flat tax proposals are further evidence that the tea party is growing in strength.”
FreedomWorks applauds bold fiscal conservatives like Rick Perry and Herman Cain, who have raised the broader issue of fundamental tax reform in the Republican presidential primary race. True legislative entrepreneurs like Mike Pence (IN-6) and Senator Jim DeMint (SC) have taken the lead in drafting bills that will be put up for House and Senate votes in the upcoming weeks. FreedomWorks will be supporting efforts to advance the flat tax with an aggressive earned media campaign in the upcoming months, along with engaging its 1.4 million limited-government grassroots volunteers across the nation to raise awareness on the issue.