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What is it with Washington? As Tax Day approaches on April 15th , we're once again reminded that politicians are doing nothing about the IRS tax code with its 44,000 pages, 5.5 million words, and 721 different forms.
What's worse, government auditors reported recently that they could not reconcile the IRS's own books and that the IRS wasn't abiding by legally required accounting procedures. And the Clinton administration wants to give the IRS a $769 million increase in its budget to hire more auditors.
This only solution to this mess is to scrap the IRS code and start over. On April 13, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1041, "The Date Certain Tax Code Replacement Act." This bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK), would force politicians to quit talking about tax reform and take action by giving them a deadline of December 31, 2002 to agree to a new system.
Regardless of whether you support a flat tax, a national sales tax, or something in between, you need to tell the politicians to quit talking and do something. Tell them to support Rep. Largent's bill on April 13th by dialing (202) 225-3121.