Roundup: Tax Reform on a Tuesday

Communications • April 18, 2017

Ahhhh Spring. The flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and Americans everywhere are yelling at their computers as they file their tax returns.

As unwelcome as seasonal allergies, Tax Day has rolled around once again. House Republicans view this annual nightmare as a reminder of why we are working so hard on tax reform.

We want this to be the last Tax Day you dread, so our plan focuses on a tax code that works for you — one that is simpler, fairer, and flatter. Click here to learn more about our reform efforts.

Here’s a closer look at what House Republicans are saying about our plan:

Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) in the Houston Chronicle

“All of the time and money it takes to deal with today’s broken tax code is incredibly aggravating. But, the tolls of tax season that often weigh heaviest on Americans are the ones we cannot quantify. It’s the stress leading up to Tax Day, the abysmal service from the Internal Revenue Service, and the anxiety of knowing that one mistake in filing your taxes could mean significant IRS penalties. It doesn’t have to be this way. As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I’m leading efforts to end the nightmare of tax season. House Republicans have released a blueprint for bold, pro-growth tax reform.”

Click here to read his op-ed.


Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

“Our tax code should work for us, not against us. And the same goes for the IRS. Let’s make the tax code—and Tax Day itself—simpler for all Americans.”


House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
“Tax Day is a painful reminder that our tax code needs to be reformed. Our tax code should be fair, simple, and transparent.”



Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

“Tax Day reminds us of complexity, unfairness, and frustrations of the tax code. We need a simpler tax code that works for the American people.”


Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI)

“…the House Ways and Means Tax Blueprint…focuses on growth, simplicity, and service. Service: it’s about making the IRS work for you—not the other way around. By eliminating the complication of today’s tax breaks, you keep more of what you earn. Not these guys.”


Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)

“This tax day is just another reminder that our tax code is broken and desperately in need of reform. While some may believe that taxes aren’t high enough, I disagree and remain committed to fixing our complicated tax code and lowering rates. Our unified Republican government has an opportunity to enact tax reforms that helps American businesses and families and creates a stronger economy.”



Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

“Americans dread #TaxDay because taxes are complicated and time-consuming. It doesn’t have to be that way.”


Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

“In Minnesota, we have unfortunately become all too familiar with the consequences of our current tax system. Just three years ago, Minnesota lost Medtronic – one of the nation’s leading medical device manufacturers- to Ireland, which has a corporate tax rate that is drastically lower than ours.

The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, and Medtronic has not been the only company to take their business elsewhere. …If we are ever going to have an environment where every family and every business has the chance to succeed, we must continue to fight for a complete rewrite of our tax policy.”


Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)

“Tax Day shouldn’t be this complicated. It’s time to bust up the IRS so you can keep more your money in your pocket!”


Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)

“There is a Better Way. Our blueprint for tax reform lets you skip the tax preparer and file your taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.”