Tax reform is like the weather. A lot of people talk about it but no one really does anything about it. That may be changing.
In the last few years there has been a lot of discussion about the need for serious tax reform. Advocates of reform point to the size of the tax code and how few people can prepare their own tax return without professional help. The IRS has been forced into a social services role on top of their tax collection duties. It would seem to be a no brainer that some tax reform is needed. The practicality, however, is whether in this age of out of control partisan politics and lobbyist controlled legislation any true reform can happen.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) believe that tax reform is possible and they have taken the fight to the American public. They’ve created a website to involve taxpayers in the tax reform process. At taxreform.gov, the Congressmen outline why they believe in tax reform and what’s been done already. The website also allows the public to leave their opinions and suggestions on tax reform. Along with the website, there is a Twitter feed you can follow @simplertaxes.(Tweets show up as "Max & Dave.")
I don’t know how much this project will help get tax reform. I’ve always been a little skeptical of the ability of our current political leaders to work together on something as complex as tax reform. Let’s face it; everyone will have to give up something to fix the system. Currently, few politicians remember what the word compromise means and too many taxpayers see only what is best for them. And don’t get me started on the lobbyists.
I’ll add my opinion to taxreform.gov, I’ve already followed @simplertaxes, and I hope that some true reform comes from this initiative. But I’m not too optimistic for reform anytime soon.