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70% support Sunsetting the US Tax Code
By Matt Mackowiak

Sunset the Tax Code

Let Freedom Ring Releases National Survey Results

Showing 70% Support for Sunsetting the Tax Code

75% Believe Tax Code is Unfair, 85% Believe Tax Reform is Unlikely

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Let Freedom Ring (LFR), a public policy non-profit organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, economic freedom, and traditional values, today released national survey results that show strong support for terminating the current federal tax code at the end of 2019 as a way of forcing tax reform.

The national survey of 1,008 respondents was conducted last week by McLaughlin and Associates, a national polling firm.

Here are the key findings:

  • THREE OUT OF FOUR FIND TAX CODE “UNFAIR”

Respondents were asked if the current federal tax code is “generally fair and equitable” or is it “unfair to the average taxpayer because it favors special interests through special incentives, exemptions and loopholes?”

75% said the current tax code is unfair

(This includes 72.6% of self-identified Democrats, 73.3% of self-identified Republicans and 81.3% of self-identified independents.)

  • 85% BELIEVE TAX REFORM WON’T HAPPEN UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE TO FORCE ACTION

Respondents were asked “Do you think that something needs to be done to force Congress to get serious about tax reform before 2020?”

85% agreed that something must be done (85% of GOP, Democrats and Independents)

4% disagreed

  • SEVEN IN TEN SUPPORT TERMINATING THE TAX CODE AT THE END OF 2019

Respondents were asked, “Would you support or oppose terminating the current tax code at the end of 2019 as a way of forcing the Congress to enact tax reform before then?

  • 69.9% supported  (9% of Republicans, 68.9% of Democrats and 68.1% of Independents)
  • 9.7% opposed
  • 20.4% didn’t know

Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna said, “This national survey shows that the public believes the tax code is unfair, that tax reform is unlikely without a forcing mechanism, and that Sunset the Tax Code proposes to do exactly what a large and bipartisan majority will support. We hope members of Congress, in both parties, see sunsetting the current tax code at the end of 2019 as a positive and logical way to break the current stalemate and move toward a better, simpler tax system.”

Earlier this year LFR launched Sunset The Tax Code, a broad, nonpartisan effort to set a January 1, 2020 deadline for tax reform by passing legislation which lets the current tax code expire by that certain date.

Legislation to sunset the code has been filed in the House by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), where it has 81 cosponsors, and it is being ushered through the House Ways and Means committee by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX).

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Citizens who wish to learn more may visit:  http://www.SunsetTheCode.com.

For Media Contact:   Matt Mackowiak  (512) 423-6116   matt@potomacstrategygroup.com

 

Colin Hanna is President of Let Freedom Ring, a 501 (c)(4) public policy non-profit organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, free enterprise and traditional values.

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