Send Us Your Thoughts on Tax Reform

Tax-ReformThe House Ways & Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee have compiled the following website to solicit public feedback on ways to reform the federal tax code.

According to Dave Camp and Max Baucus, the new site,, and Twitter handle, @simplertaxes, would give the average taxpayer input into the tax reform process.

The two chairmen, “Max and Dave” on Twitter, cast their new effort as the modern-day equivalent of former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski’s request that people send him letters — “Write Rosty” — about their own problems with the tax code in 1985. At that time Rostenkowski got more than 75,000 letters, along with a wooden two-by-four with instructions to use it on any interfering lobbyists.

The following year, the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was enacted. This act was considered landmark legislation by drastically reducing the number of deductions and the number of tax brackets. Over a thousand pages long, this act is the most recent major simplification of the tax code by Congress.

Many people are once again calling for a major overhaul of our complicated tax code. As in 1985, perhaps now we can all make a difference by voicing our individual concerns, either by email or tweets for reform. But please, no two-by-fours.


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