I believe that the best way to strengthen our economy is to reduce the tax burden on the taxpayers whenever possible. Hardworking Alaskans and American families nationwide have been affected by economic hardships in recent years and I do not believe increasing taxes is in the best interest of hardworking Americans. Therefore, I remain committed to supporting legislation which seeks to put money back in the taxpayers’ pockets.
Today, most Americans recognize April 15th, and the entire tax filing process, for its extreme complexity and confusion. For too long, the IRS and the American tax code have gotten in the way of the rights of individuals and our economic recovery. The Federal government, particularly the Department entrusted with Americans’ hard earned tax dollars, must be held to the highest of standards. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for the IRS.
In the 114th Congress, the House of Representatives has placed its focused on tackling a number of commonsense tax reforms to improve the transparency and operations of the IRS, provide much needed relief for the American taxpayer, and reduce the nation’s growing tax burden. I am proud to support these bills and encourage the Senate to do the same:
- H.R. 1058, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2015, would provide all Americans with basic protections under the law, including the right to receive quality service from the IRS, the right to confidentiality, the right to be informed of decisions about their tax accounts, the right to challenge the IRS’ position, and the right to receive a prompt and fair response
- H.R. 709, Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act, would authorize the immediate termination of IRS employees who target individuals or organizations based on their political beliefs.
- H.R. 1026, Taxpayer Knowledge of IRS Investigations Act, would amend the IRS code to give taxpayers the right to know the status of investigations involving IRS employees who have improperly disclosed their confidential information.
- H.R. 1314, Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act, would codify the right to an appeals process for non-profit organizations whose tax-exempt status has been denied.
- H.R. 1152, IRS Email Transparency Act, would prohibit IRS officers and employees from using personal email accounts to conduct official business.
- H.R. 1295, IRS Bureaucracy Reduction and Judicial Review Act, would allow non-profit organizations to declare their tax-exempt status rather than waiting for the IRS’ bureaucratic approval process, which can often take years.
- H.R. 1104, Fair Treatment For All Gifts Act, would amend the IRS Code to provide a permanent gift tax deduction for gifts made to nonprofit organizations.
The Obama administration and certain lawmakers continue to express different viewpoints on the issues of taxes. I have consistently supported bills to reduce the tax burden placed upon the American people, including legislation to establish a national sales tax of 23% in 2017. This legislation, H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2015, would eliminate the income tax, estate tax and gift tax. I have also cosponsored H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, which passed the House 240-179 on April 16, 2015. This legislation repeals the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes for estates of decedents dying or for transfers made on or after the enactment date of this Act.
Additionally, in an effort to permanently extend a ban on state and local governments from taxing Internet access, I supported the passage of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA). The bill, which permanently extends an Internet access tax moratorium authorized by Congress since 1998, works to increase Internet growth and opportunity by preventing an additional tax burden on the American people.