Sens. Hatch, Baucus look to rewrite tax code from scratch, promise 50 years of secrecy

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  • Solutions not Stones Spanish Fork, UT
    July 27, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    How about everyone pays a flat 10% on income and dividends. It would be moral, just, and fair by definition. If it is good enough for churches, it is more than good enough for the government.

  • oldfatguy Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    It sounds like Harry Reid, he pushed and got Obamacare passed without reading it, why should this be any different?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 27, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    Allowing the foxes to rebuild the hen house in folly.

    If the American people are to have a proper revision to the support of government, they will have to do it themselves. And the only way they could do it is by Constitutional Amendment.

    It has to be simple, easy, and fair.

    Simple in the definition of income. No exceptions and No deductions.

    Easy in not requiring any effort of influence on the part of the individual.

    Fair in taxing the high incomes at the same rate as the low.

    How? Apply a flat rate tax on the outgoing money of every business in the USA. Every payment for inventory, every payment for labor, every perk and every dividend.

    Bad news? Millions of people will have to find a new way to “earn” their money.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 27, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    2 of the most astute/admired/adored statesmen in the history of The United States of America.

    hatch and baucus...

    What more could us wretched unwashed masses ask for?

  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    July 27, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    Hatch and Baucus teaming up to re-write the tax code and guaranteeing those involved 50 years of secrecy for their input and suggestions?...........Gee, What could possibly go wrong?......

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 27, 2013 4:28 a.m.

    He is not talking about income rate tax code, he is talking about blocking political and government (Obama care) to access income tax records.

    I think Hatch is trying to block access for 50 years on incomes tax information by political powers and government managers to change tax rates on incomes and property. I think he is trying to put a 50 year moratorium on governemnt access to personal information. I think this is in line with more governemnt intrusion into our personal information so that Obama health care is accessing tax returns for penalizing people who don't buy health care insurance.

    The problem with the IRS being the overseers of penalizing for non compliance of buying health care is that illegal aliens, foreign nationals, and people who don't file tax returns don't have a tax record with the IRS and won't get fined like the americans will.

    This health care penalty tax can only be applied to working americans and receive a W-2 or 1099 with their SSN number on it, copies are filed with the IRS on these tax paying Americans documents and not illegals.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 26, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    Secrecy? From the U.S. Senate? Hilarious comedy and deception!

    Really, the question should be, why are these elected officials such cowards that they will not tell the voters what they are actually DOING? They make lots of promises when home campaigning, but seem to instantly forget them as soon as they get back to Washington. (Yeah, Orrin, I am talking about YOU!)

    I applaud their intention to actually fix the tax codes, but seriously doubt that they will actually do it. I am sure that all 100 Senators will say they are in favor of the project, and that some actually will be, but if there is secrecy, we can be sure that a large number (40 or more) will not be telling the truth and that the project will fail miserably. And, for 50 years, those who killed it will be protected and allowed to continue to deceiver the people who voted for them.

    Orrin, we need sunshine and honesty, not secrecy and shadow meetings. And, I hope you do not seriously believe the Chucky Schumer and his pals will actually live up to any promises after having lied to you so many times in the past.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    Secrecy = Flat Tax discussions, which will be much more harmful to regular people than to the rich. Otherwise why not have the discussion out in the open?

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    July 26, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    So much for transparency.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    July 26, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    As a CPA I love it when congress says they are going to simplify the tax code. It always means another volume of tax code and regulations. We call it job security!

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 5:46 p.m.

    Samuel Clements noted that there are two things one should not watch being made; sausage and laws. Good hunting in secrecy Senators.

  • srw Riverton, UT
    July 26, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    Yes! Do it! I want my tax return to fit on a 3x5 card!

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    Make it happen, senators. Ignore the lamentations of your respective parties and go to work!