Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina

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Tax Reform

Having spent the majority of my life in the private sector, I fully understand the tax burden born by American workers, families and small businesses. In order to address our current fiscal crisis, we must get serious about tax reform and abandon the idea that simply raising taxes on Americans will solve our economic problems. Families and small businesses in North Carolina’s 11th district are already forced to live under the strains of a stagnant economy. Asking our communities to foot the bill for our federal government’s inefficient and unrestrained spending is simply wrong.

Instead of supplementing higher spending with higher taxes, Congress needs to get serious about cutting spending and making our tax code competitive and simple. Our current tax code is almost four million words long and contains thousands of deductions, credits and exemptions that result in an incredibly inefficient and costly system. I support a simplified tax code that not only eliminates loopholes but also reduces overall rates. America has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, creating a major disincentive for both domestic and foreign companies to invest here at home. Across-the-board tax code simplification and rate reductions will create greater certainty and the kind of economic boost that our nation desperately needs.

Now more than ever, North Carolina families should be allowed to keep more of their money. Our current tax policy is broken and raising taxes only contributes to the problem. While I continue to support legislation to stop tax hikes and close loopholes, large scale reform of our nation’s tax code must be our ultimate goal.

More on Tax Reform

Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—The Federal Records Accountability Act of 2014, H.R. 5170, introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), advanced through Committee Thursday afternoon.  

By improving federal recordkeeping laws, the bill addresses federal agencies’ recent failures to properly archive official records.

Jul 10, 2014 In The News

A new batch of emails released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee show former IRS official Lois Lerner was concerned about Congress being able subpoena her online communications.

In an April 9, 2013 email exchange with an IRS technology employee named Maria Hooke, Lerner asked if the company's interoffice messaging system was searchable like emails because employees in her division wanted to know if they needed to be as careful with the conversations over the system as they are with their email conversations.

Jun 24, 2014 In The News

Top House inquisitor Darrell Issa accused the IRS Commissioner on Monday of deceiving Congress about the disappearance of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails, as the battle between Republicans and the White House reached a fever pitch.

Jun 19, 2014 Opinion Piece

The Friday ‘news dump’ is a long-standing tradition in Washington, but the Obama administration has truly taken it to new heights. Oftentimes, the White House or affiliated government agencies hold off on releasing bad news or negative documents until late Friday afternoon in an attempt to avoid scrutiny from the media. After all, reporters have lives too.

May 30, 2014 In The News

A trio of House Republicans is calling for the IRS to abandon its efforts to rewrite the rules governing the tax-exempt groups at the center of the agency’s targeting controversy.

The IRS announced last week that it would revise its proposed rule for 501(c)(4) groups, after receiving tens of thousands of negative public comments.

May 28, 2014 Press Release

Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) sent a joint letter toInternal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen calling on the agency to not introduce further revised rules that would codify into law the practice of political targeting and to address the backlog of 501(c)(4) applications.

Apr 10, 2014 Opinion Piece

By Congressman Mark Meadows

On Thursday, my colleagues and I on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will vote on whether to hold Internal Revenue Service Official, Lois Lerner, in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the IRS political targeting scandal.

Jul 17, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after introducing a conservation legislation package today that includes the American Conservation Empowerment (ACE) Act of 2013 and the Capital Gains Easement Act of 2013.
 
Jul 15, 2013 In The News

By Richard Rubin 
 
The top Republican tax writer in Congress is being pulled toward a more extensive rewrite of the U.S. code, with more than half of his party’s members in the House backing proposals to rip up the rules.