By Charlotte Gibson
With April 15, otherwise known as Tax Day, approaching, GOP lawmakers and lower tax advocates gathered on Capitol Hill to urge for a change in America’s tax code.
Those who spoke criticized President Obama’s FY 2014 budget for including new tax increases.
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, alongside House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) and other GOP members, called on Republicans to re-commit themselves to tax reform this year. Doing so by reducing rates and expenditures, they said, would produce economic growth and opportunity in America’s economy .
“We have an opportunity this year to reform the tax code to make it simpler and fairer for our working families,” said Cantor, “We as Republicans disagree that we ought to take more out of the pockets and checking accounts of the people who earn the money.”
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said the House Ways and Means Committee, of which he is a member, will introduce legislation this year aimed at tweaking the tax code this year. “America’s tax code is broken and now is the time to fix it,” Brady said. “The tax code is unfair to families, it is riddled with loopholes, it’s complicated and it is a drag to America’s economy.”
According to Americans for Tax Reform, the new tax increases in Obama’s budget will increase revenues by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade.
In response to the plan, Norquist said, “politicians have the choice to reform government or raise taxes,” and “if the President is willing to do revenue neutral tax reform, that is a huge step in the right direction.”
Norquist and the GOP’s idea of “revenue neutral” tax reform involves reducing top rates and consolidating brackets, while “broadening the base,” or bringing new taxpayers into the system to theoretically offset a loss of revenue.