Recognizing that Washington doesn’t have all the answers, the two top lawmakers in charge of reforming the tax code teamed up Thursday to launch TaxReform.gov, a website that allows the public to weigh in on how tax reform should take shape.
“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,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. (right), in a statement. ”Now it’s time to hear from the most important stakeholders—the American people.”
Through TaxReform.gov as well as Twitter, Baucus said, “all Americans will be able to weigh in and participate directly in the debate.”
The web site, developed in partnership with the Joint Committee on Taxation, also incorporates a Twitter feed, @simplertaxes.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., noted in the same statement that 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. 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.”