Targeting Tax-Exempts and Tax Reform

Targeting Tax-Exempts and Tax Reform

by Clint Stretch

Many on Capitol Hill are currently focused on the IRS's targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status as evidence of the need for tax reform. I agree we need tax reform. I doubt how dramatic it can be, whether it is possible without a deeper budget agreement and whether this "scandal" advances the cause. The recent IRS problems demonstrate the need for tax reform while also making it more difficult.

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If honest taxpayers are going to foot the bill for whatever size government we have, they would do well to insist on a tax reform that removes as many of these rationalizations for dishonesty as possible. We need to get to a point at which more people think that the funding of the government is fair, honestly legislated and honestly administered, and worthy of support.

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