Mich. Senate Candidate Land's Tax Day Plea: 'Simplify' Code

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 01:22 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land called on the federal government Tuesday to "simplify" the tax code — as millions of Americans scrambled to file last-minute tax returns to beat the midnight deadline.

In a guest column for MLive.com, the former secretary of state in Michigan wrote that every April, families, workers, and small businesses "stress over the mountain of paperwork, records, and receipts required to comply with the 73,000 pages of federal tax code."

Land, who is facing Democratic Rep. Gary Peters in the Michigan race, said the government needs to fix "our broken tax code" to make it easier for busy moms and small-business owners like herself to file their taxes.

While calling for lower tax rates so that Americans can keep more of their "hard-earned" money, Land said, "The last thing we need is bureaucrats in Washington adding more rules and loopholes to the already complicated tax code.

"My principle for tax reform is simple: Make it fair, make it simple, make it work. The federal tax code is a maze that costs too much and hinders economic growth and job creation."

She told the Michigan news site that the tax code should be made "more predictable," with regulations put in place for "multiple years so that small businesses can plan ahead, invest, and hire more workers."

Land also demanded the elimination of earmarks in any reform, noting that while small businesses struggle to pay their taxes, special-interest groups spend millions in Washington to lobby for tax breaks.

"While the winners are the giant corporations, hardworking families here in Michigan are forced to pick up the tab. This needs to stop now.

"I believe government should run the same way a business runs. A business is accountable to their customer, and government should be accountable to the taxpayer."

Land said that to get "the tax code in check and spur economic growth, we need to simplify the code and lower rates."

In what has become a closely watched race in Washington, a recent survey showed that Peters had pulled into a slight lead against Land in the bid to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

A victory for Land would give the Michigan GOP its first Senate seat since 2000 when Spencer Abraham was defeated by Democrat Debbie Stabenow, and bring Republicans a step closer to their goal of recapturing the Senate this year.


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