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‘Reducing Size and Scope’ of IRS, ‘Reducing Their Power’ Key to Tax Reform, Texas Rep. Says

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 1, 2017 | 1:53 PM EDT

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas)

Giving more power to the American people, and taking it away from the IRS, are “core principles” of Republican tax reform plans, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) told Fox News on Saturday.

Asked about the effect of eliminating some tax deductions, Rep. Arrington said mortgage and charitable deductions are vital and should be retained:

“Well, I think, if you get the rates down low enough, then I think you can do away with of some of the deductions and simplify it. I know that the mortgage interest deduction, charitable deductions, are still in play, and I think that’s important in term of home ownership.

“We’re not just the most powerful and prosperous country, we’re the most generous country. And, I think that incentivizing that charitable giving is important. So, lots of things to be debated, Molly, on this.”

Arrington said that shrinking the power, scope and scale of the IRS are “fundamental” to tax reform and, ultimately, the prosperity of the American worker:

“But, I think that, at the fundamental, core principles of both plans, is: simplifying it, lowering the rates, and getting away from empowering the IRS, reducing the scope and scale there, reducing their power, and empowering our economy and empowering our people, and creating as I say, more free enterprise, free from the burden of taxes and the burden of regulation.

“That’s how we’re going to be competitive again. And, that’s how we’re going to get Americans back to work.”