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The Truth about the New Tax Form (Guest: Dan Pilla)

August 2, 2018

Recently, the US. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced a redesign of the individual income tax return form some people say will be able to fit on a single postcard. However, this policy may be misleading.

Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced a redesign of the individual income tax return form some people say will be able to fit on a single postcard. However, Tax Litigation Expert and Heartland Institute Policy Advisor Dan Pilla joins Research Fllow Jesse Hathaway to explain why the redesign may be misleading.

Pilla says Congress promised that tax simplification would allow people to file their tax returns on a form no larger than a postcard. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was billed as the most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades. Pilla says the new postcard-sized form is not tax reform, nor did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act do much simplification.

Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act did reduce the tax burdens of most people and is creating jobs, it didn't truly deliver on the promised goal of simplification. Pilla and Hathaway talk about what real "tax reform" would look like, how it would benefit everyday people, and why Congress is tinkering around the edges of the tax issue instead of cutting through the Gordian knot of revenue collection.
Author
For four decades, Dan Pilla has been the nation’s leader in taxpayers’ rights defense and IRS abuse prevention and cure.
Pillatax@aol.com
Author
Jesse Hathaway is the managing editor of Budget & Tax News, a publication of The Heartland Institute.
jhathaway@heartland.org @JesseinOH