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Camp determined to win tax reform battle

Camp determined to win tax reform battle

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WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) might be retiring but he said his work in Congress is not over yet.

Camp said tax reform is all about the American dream.

Now, he’s on a public relations campaign with pamphlets, trying to convince other members of Congress that his ideas need to become law.

“Do we want to have a growing economy, do we want to have more jobs, do we want to have higher wages? Tax reform is one of the things we can do to get us there,” Camp said.

It’s a tough sell, so Camp said he calls his colleagues, meeting with other members of Congress one on one to go over the bill in detail. He even has a slide show and an hour long summary presentation.

“We’re the only nation in the world with a temporary tax policy, and major tax provisions, so I’d like to see them permanent,” he said.

When Camp hits up members of Congress, he said his pitch is this:  simpler, fairer, flatter.

Camp said he wants to take away some of the tax goodies in exchange for lower rates.

“95 percent of people will not itemize because we’ve increased the standard deduction so they’ll be able to fill out the two-page 1040, so they won’t have this lots of record keeping, long time to compute their taxes,” he said.

Camp’s legislation has a seriously tough fight in Congress. But he is persistent.

“I’m not going to give up until it’s my last day, so I’m 110 percent trying to make sure this happens,” he said.

Camp said changes to the tax code will come into effect by filing season next year. Of course, that all depends on whether or not his campaign works.

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