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Simplifying the tax code to enhance fairness and promote economic growth
The lengthy and complex United States tax code can be difficult for Americans to understand.
Tax reform done right will promote economic growth, increase fairness and simplicity, and improve the nation’s fiscal outlook.
The budgetary and economic effects of proposed tax legislation are a critical element of the debate.
The federal government finances its operations with taxes, fees, and other receipts collected from many different sectors of the economy.
In order to balance our budget and reduce the amount of debt the government takes on each year, we must match the level of government revenues with the level of spending.
According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the provisions in this agreement will add $374.2 billion to the deficit in 2011, and $857.8 billion to the deficit by 2020.
The report focuses on the fiscal conditions in six heavily populated states which together account for a third of the nation's population and almost 40 cents of every dollar in spending by state and local governments.
Tax expenditures are often "spending in disguise" because they are used by Congress to direct resources to specific constituencies and priorities — much like spending programs.