Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Calls for Tax, Spending Reform on Tax Day

Apr 18, 2016
Press Release
Government Collects Record High in Taxes

“U.S. Tax Code is Longer than the King James Bible”

WASHINGTON – On the morning of the official tax filing deadline, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today called for the reform of the U.S. government’s tax and spending policies. 

“Americans are paying a record amount in taxes to fund a bloated and inefficient federal bureaucracy,” Buchanan said. “Hardworking families are struggling under a complex and punishing tax code. Our tax policies should incentivize job creation and economic growth, not punish people for working hard.” 

According the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the federal government collected a record amount of taxpayer money in the first half of fiscal year 2016 – nearly $1.48 trillion. Of this amount, nearly $1.2 trillion came from individual income taxes and payroll taxes.

“Simplifying the tax code and bringing down tax rates for families and small business owners will give the American economy a much-needed boost,” said Buchanan. “But we must also rein in federal spending. I’ve called for a Constitutional balanced budget amendment to ensure that Washington lives within its means.”

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it takes the average American taxpayer 13 hours to complete a tax return. Buchanan noted that the tax code is over one million words long – more than 200,000 words longer than the King James Bible. It is so complex that even former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman admitted that he cannot prepare his own tax return.