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UNITED STATES - APRIL 06: Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, conduct a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code in the Capitol Visitor Center. Also attending were James A. Baker III, former Treasury Secretary, and Dick Gephardt, former House Minority Leader, who were architects of 1986 tax reform plan. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)
Tom Williams/Roll CallRep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
Each year, the average American doing her own taxes spends 13 hours just on pretax planning, gathering records and such -- and that's before filling out the first line of her tax return. That adds up to about 6 billion hours being wasted annually, and it's one of the many reasons why U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, came together Thursday to launch a new online platform where people can suggest the changes they want to see in the tax code.

Through TaxReform.gov, the congressmen hope to start a discussion between lawmakers and everyday folks about the difficulties they have with the system, and use their suggestions to devise a modern new tax code. Previous attempts to modify the tax code have only added more layers of complexity to it, as well as building in loopholes that allow corporations and the wealthy to evade taxes.

Because of their roles as the heads of the two congressional committees that germinate tax law, any genuine change in the tax code will start with (or at the very least, near) Baucus and Camp, and they want the public to help them make it happen. "We are dedicated to writing bills in an open and transparent fashion. No cutting deals behind closed doors," they state on their website.

A perfect tax system might be too ambitious a goal for the imperfect world of politics, but Baucus and Camp hope to simplify it and make it more fair for American families. If you'd like to help them, they're waiting for your input.

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You have been point man for Obama. NOW YOU WANT ADVICE.

May 13 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

to all newbees,this is posted HERE due to censorship on huffpo as it remains a PRIVATE CLUB for them and theirs.


this is for all uncaring and unfamiliar with benghazi.

thank u.

May 12 2013 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so we're back to dupe posts ?
either these PsoS block me or this-

May 11 2013 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK-- here goes-

give everyone a year free from filing /fees/ paying etc while you sort things out.'
you still get the withholding but leave everyone alone.

May 11 2013 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

flat tax on ALL income and a sale tax on all purchases excluding food(twinkies are not food)

May 10 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Only allowing a primary residence for interest deductions - not multiple homes. And, then only for a mortgage of less than $750,000, which should cover even the most expensive parts (ie. metropolitan areas like NY, etc.) of the country in terms of housing costs for an average priced home.
Taxing luxury cars, furs, boats and planes (that are used for pleasure, not businesses).
Taxing all off shore accounts - after all only the truly rich can afford to shelter their income overseas.

May 10 2013 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Martha M. Perry

This should be a no brainer - Go to a user tax - if you want it, pay - the only exceptions would be certain food necessities for all - medicines for all - and a limited amount of clothing for the needy. All else would be collected as sales tax is now - no longer would you have to keep all of that paper. Individuals would not have to send in anything. Just think of the amount of paper, time and office space that would be saved!! Since the rich want to live a certain way, they would automatically pay more. This is the only fair tax for all.

May 10 2013 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only change Tea/Publicans will allow to the tax code will e for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

May 10 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Flat Tax on income. You can make it progressive so that lower income wage earners pay less and should their gross wage exceed the level claimed on a one sheet filing, the additional tax can be computed and paid then.

May 10 2013 at 1:45 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Flat tax for everyone! Something simple like 10% for everyone. Payroll would be a lot easier as legal or illegal, sorry undocumented, employees would have the same percentage for their IRS deduction. No more notices like in todays news that the IRS leaned on the Republicans more than the Democrats prior to last election. You make $10,000, you could plan on Uncle Sam taking $1,000. You make $100,00 then you can plan on paying $10,000.

May 10 2013 at 12:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to xqqsme3679's comment

OK - flat tax. That means no capital gains exclusions, correct? Also the FICA tax will be extended to all income, earned and unearned, with no cap at $113000? Also no exclusion for mortgage interest. Also corporations with earnings outside the US will pay the corporate income tax on those earnings. Those are only the first steps to a "flat" tax. Are you okay with all this?

May 10 2013 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drbrea's comment

If you require all income to be taxed for SS, then those who put the most in will get more in retirement or it is just another welfare tax on the rich! It has always been that the more you pay into SS, the more you get back at retirement. That's even though those who put in the least still get a higher percentage than those who put in the most. But, if you dont't realign waht people get back based on what they put in, then it's more welfare.

May 10 2013 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down