Pawlenty Proposes Making Congressmen Do Their Own Taxes

January 13, 2011

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has an interesting plan for tax reform: “require every member of Congress to do their own taxes.” In response to a question on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about reducing the deficit, Pawlenty commented on the complexity of the current tax code. He proposed a system where Congressmen do not get the “help of an accountant, a lawyer or a tax specialist.” Everyday Americans must file their own taxes and Pawlenty would require congressmen to do the same:

I’d like every one of those individuals to have to do their own taxes every year and live with the mindless burdens we put on the American people.

Maybe it requires Congressmen feeling the pain of everyday people to get meaningful tax reform.


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