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Sunset the Tax Code Broadly Supported by the Public
By Matt Mackowiak

Sunset the Tax Code


Sunset the Tax Code Broadly Supported by the Public

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Let Freedom Ring (LFR), a public policy non-profit organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, free enterprise and traditional values, is urging the Congress to pass a bill to sunset the tax code as the first step to achieving tax reform.  Presidential candidates are also being asked to support the effort as a way to end the current stalemate.  Candidate Jeb Bush released his “national tax overhaul” plan this week, but LFR believes it will never get off the ground if it is introduced in Congress, because it is missing the critical first step in achieving true tax reform.

“Congress simply does not act without a deadline and tax reform is too important to wait any longer,” said LFR president Colin Hanna.  “Our effort to Sunset the Tax Code only says that the entire tax code should expire by a date certain, to force a deadline for tax reform in Congress.  We believe this idea is the necessary first step to achieving tax reform and that this is a powerful idea that is not ideological.”

In North Carolina this week, Bush said “the tax code is a disaster” and LFR agrees.

“The tax code is such a disaster that the only way to get true tax reform is to start over from a blank piece of paper,” said Hanna.  The best way to do that is to pass H.R. 27 to Sunset the Tax Code to give Congress a deadline for action.”

LFR will not endorse any candidate’s specific tax reform proposal, but urges all candidates with tax reform proposals to unite around Sunset the Tax Code as the necessary first step – a step that will give tax reform the degree of urgency that it needs to mobilize and motivate grassroots Americans to get engaged on the issue and take up the cause.

A few months ago LFR 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:



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



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, Dems and independents)
  • 4% disagreed



o   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
  • 72.9% of Republicans, 68.9% of Democrats and 68.1% of independents
  • 9.7% opposed
  • 20.4% didn’t know


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 (H.R. 27) has been filed in the House by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), where it has 83 cosponsors, and it is being ushered through the House Ways and Means committee by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX).

More information is available at: www.SunsetTheTaxCode.com

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

Let Freedom Ring is a 501 (c)(4) public policy non-profit organization based in Pennsylvania that is committed to promoting Constitutional government, economic freedom and traditional values.

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