Here is his response in total:
Dear Mr. Kunz,
Thank you for contacting me in regard to tax reform and its effects on our economy, job market, and American taxpayers. I appreciate the opportunity to address this important issue.
Our nation’s dire fiscal situation is challenged not only by out-of-control spending and an unsustainable rate of growth in our nation’s debt, but a burdensome and complicated tax code. Our economy can only grow if we increase the availability of jobs and attract investment to promote the growth of business. In order to accomplish this, we must reform our tax code. We need a tax system that is simple, permanent, and advocates growth.
Our existing tax code is unnecessarily complex and costly. Americans and businesses should not have to hire armies of accountants and tax lawyers to navigate the tax code. In the 113th Congress, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and I joined with Democratic Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Tom Carper (D-DE) to introduce bipartisan legislation, the Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act, a bill to simplify tax filing requirements for seniors by establishing a new basic tax form for seniors’ unique income needs. By improving a portion of our convoluted tax code, this bill is a modest step towards fundamental tax reform.
Comprehensive tax reform eliminating loopholes and carve-outs in our 70,000-page tax code must be enacted. These exemptions and incentives are more often than not the result of good lobbying, not good policy. They distort our economy and choose favorites in the private economy. By eliminating these distortions, individuals will be empowered to spend, work, and invest where they see fit. Individual economic empowerment is the real source of America’s success, and it will be the force making the 21st century another American century.
Current federal fiscal policies make it difficult for job creators to start and grow businesses. The President and his administration have made it more complicated to adhere to tax laws by imposing excessive regulation and increasing taxes across the board. Jobs will only be created when job creators feel confident in the economic climate and can plan for future expenses. A continued reliance on anti-competitive tax increases will cause more economic uncertainty, stifle job creation, and keep America on a path toward a diminished future, at a time when unemployment is high. We need to permanently enact a long-term reduction in tax rates to achieve a stable tax system that fosters economic growth.
As part of a comprehensive tax reform effort that roots out wasteful tax provisions, we also must sharply lower the corporate tax rate to help us attract more investment and create new jobs. Last year, the U.S. earned the dubious distinction of having the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. Businesses will naturally gravitate toward countries and states with business-friendly tax burdens, so lowering our corporate rate will enhance our global competitiveness and attract more investment from around the world.
As your Senator, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I work to reform our tax code, grow our economy and assist in the creation of jobs. It is an honor and pleasure to serve you and the people of Florida.
United States Senator”
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