by Scott A. Hodge
October 24, 2013
The goal of tax reform is not just to design a simpler tax code but a code that promotes economic growth and ultimately raises the standard of living for every American. However, for many in Washington, tax reform is a mechanical process, not an aspirational one. To the lawyers on the tax writing committees, tax reform is about rearranging subsections of the Internal Revenue Code. To the scorekeepers at Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, it’s about seeing if the numbers add up. To Members of Congress, it’s about balancing the needs of some interest groups over others. What is missing from the process is a real sense of who the people behind the tax returns really are. We’ve compiled this chart book to not only “put a face on American taxpayers,” but to provide some must-know background information on the key issues of the tax reform debate.