Next week the House Ways and Means Committee, where Representative Richard E. Neal is the ranking member, will discuss tax reform. In an op-ed this week, Neal called for a middle-class tax cut and simplification of the tax code, reforms that would be broadly acceptable to both parties (“Any tax plan needs to benefit the middle class,” Opinion, April 18).
But they are not the top concerns people have with our convoluted tax code.
Gallup recently found that 61 percent of Americans feel their own tax rate is fair — the highest mark in years, and a far cry from the 45 percent of Americans who felt the same before tax cuts early in the George W. Bush administration.
So what are our concerns? A recent Pew poll asked people what troubled them most about our tax code, and 80 percent said they were bothered that “some corporations don’t pay their fair share”’; 62 percent said this bothered them a lot.
When it comes to reforming the tax code to make it work for the middle class, we should start with the premise that everyone — especially the large companies who so effectively dodge taxes — plays by the same rules, and pays a fair share.