On Taxes: We Hear You, and Congress Will Hear You Too

Thanks to those of you who participated in NFIB’s recent survey on federal taxes and spending, we now have data that clearly shows just how strongly you feel about the federal government’s need to simplify the tax code, manage its costs and balance its budget. The results of the survey tell a story that Congress must hear.

As you and I know, under current tax law, inconsistent tax preferences and continuous tax code changes hinder your ability to make plans while increasing your costs of compliance. The new survey illustrates those facts and more. We’re wasting no time getting this information into the hands of members of Congress who will make our case to fundamentally revise the outdated tax code.

Those who do not understand free enterprise will soon learn that small-business owners overwhelmingly–85 percent–agree that the code is too complex and needs major revisions. Ninety-one percent reported giving up trying to comply with bewildering IRS directions and instead, were forced to pay professional tax preparers to file their returns.

Virtually no owner we surveyed agreed with the premise that higher taxes should serve as the primary means to reduce the national debt. In fact, 81 percent prefer that there be at least a three-to-one ratio of spending cuts over tax increases to reduce the deficit.

And forget those unwise revenue-raising schemes like a national sales tax or taxes on carbon. You owners by strong margins oppose them.

Not surprisingly, there is strong pessimism on Main Street about Washington’s ability to accomplish meaningful reform. More than half of those surveyed didn’t believe any changes to the code would make it less complex. That’s a clear disconnect between campaign promises and faith in politicians’ commitments.

Nothing less than immediate tax reform is our priority. I urge you to step up your grassroots activities as we gear up to bring more common sense to our nation’s tax code.


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About Dan Danner

Donald A. "Dan" Danner was named president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's leading small business association, in February, 2009. Danner is only the sixth president in the history of the organization. Before rising to the top spot, Danner was executive vice president, overseeing NFIB's federal and state public policy and political activities as well as the organization's three 501 (c) 3 operations: the Research Foundation, Small Business Legal Center and the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. He came to NFIB in 1993 as vice president of the NFIB Education Foundation (now known as the Young Entrepreneur Foundation) and was named vice president of federal public policy in 1995. Previously, he was chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Danner also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison, where he was special assistant to the president and deputy director of the department. Before joining the White House staff, Danner was an executive with Armco Inc., a steel manufacturing company. He held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as state and federal lobbying on issues such as energy, environment, taxes and trade. He also served four years as vice president of federal relations at George Mason University. A native of Middletown, Ohio, Danner holds an MBA degree from Xavier University and an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University.
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