WASHINGTON, DC – As millions of Americans finalize their tax returns, Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, today issued the following statement ahead of the April 18 tax-filing day:
“At the doorstep of ‘tax day,’ citizens across Northeast Florida and the nation need no reminder of the frustrations that accompany filing their annual return. Year after year, they send their hard-earned dollars to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but have yet to see accountability from this agency, not to mention a simpler tax code that will allow them to keep more money in their wallets to use as they see fit.
“Enacting FairTax legislation and delivering sweeping IRS reforms to ensure this agency effectively and efficiently uses taxpayer dollars will deliver the relief that individuals, families, and businesses deserve. We’ve made headway with 73 co-sponsors on the Fair Tax Act of 2015 and, as head of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Service, be assured I will demand accountability from America’s tax-collecting agency as it seeks more money from Congress for operations.
“The easy-to-understand FairTax would wipe out thousands of pages of regulations and loopholes and leave in place a transparent national sales tax on goods and services administered primarily by the states. Federal income taxes and the FICA payroll tax would be eliminated, and the IRS would no longer be needed.
“In next year’s budget request, the IRS is asking for a $1 billion or 9.3 percent increase, yet less than 20 percent of the budget increases are for taxpayer services, strengthening cyber security, and eliminative identity theft. These and good government provisions such as guards against spending for lavish conferences and video productions and prohibiting targeting of taxpayers based on ideological belief and fully protecting the confidentiality of taxpayer information must be part of the equation.
“There’s no reward for poor performance. The IRS has a ways to go to clean up its act, and I’ve got no problem with using the appropriations process to help them reach this goal.”