Tax Reform Could Destroy The Economy

The unintended consequences of "fixing" the federal tax code could devastate our economy by exterminating one of the largest industries in the nation, the tax compliance industry.

In her 2010 Report to Congress, Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate and head of the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), reported:
A TAS analysis of IRS data shows that taxpayers and businesses spend
6.1 billion hours a year complying with tax filing requirements. To
place this in context, it would require more than three million full-time
employees to work 6.1 billion hours, making 'tax compliance' one of the
largest industries in the United States.
Simplification of the tax system would not require as many people to work as many hours.

It would be irresponsible to strain our fragile economy by putting even a modest portion of tax compliance professionals out of work. Think of the impact on the economy if the government shuttered one of the nation's other large industries, like the auto industry.  We simply cannot afford to shut down one of the nation's largest industries.

Complexity has been working for us. It causes the employment of millions of Americans.  Congress should not tamper with it.

Thank you for your attention.

Citizens for Tax Complexity

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