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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Tax Reform

Americans are rightfully frustrated over our nation’s tax system, and I very much share their concerns. The current tax code is cumbersome and confusing. It is estimated that American taxpayers spend over seven billion hours per year trying to comply with the current filing requirements. Our tax code is ridden with loopholes and unnecessary complexity that discourages saving and investing.

Each year taxpayers scan through 60,000 pages of forms and make difficult decisions between numerous calculations, tax credits and deductions. We must simplify our tax code and cut the red tape to ensure a fair tax system for Americans. 

By bringing a common sense approach to government, I'm fighting to simplify the tax code for working families and job creators. Taxpayers are in the best possible position to determine how to spend their own money, not bureaucrats in Washington. Tax revenue is generated by ensuring people are working and profitable – not from continuing to raise tax rates.

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More on Tax Reform

May 23, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today released the following statement after the U.S. Treasury Department officially certified 327 low-income census tracts in Illinois to be designated as federal “Qualified Opportunity Zones,” including over a dozen in Southern Illinois.
April 18, 2018 In The News

Tax Day was on April 17 this year. It was last day for Americans to file their 2017 federal tax returns under our old, outdated tax code. It was also cause for celebration.

Taxes and celebration usually don’t go in the same sentence. But this year is different. Thanks to our efforts in Congress, this is the last Tax Day under the old tax code that burdened many ordinary Americans and their families. Starting next year, Tax Day will reflect the historic tax cuts we passed late last year.

April 18, 2018 In The News

Tax Day was on April 17 this year. It was last day for Americans to file their 2017 federal tax returns under our old, outdated tax code. It was also cause for celebration.

Taxes and celebration usually don’t go in the same sentence. But this year is different. Thanks to our efforts in Congress, this is the last Tax Day under the old tax code that burdened many ordinary Americans and their families. Starting next year, Tax Day will reflect the historic tax cuts we passed late last year.

April 17, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement on Tax Day:
March 29, 2018 Press Release
Today, Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) visited the Walmart Supercenter in Sparta, where he met with employees as part of a “Take Your Congressman to Work Day” event. Walmart is one of hundreds of companies that gave hourly-wage employees bonuses and wage increases because of the new tax law.
January 30, 2018 Press Release
U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday evening:
December 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement after the House passed the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the biggest reform of America’s tax code in 31 years:
November 29, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) joined Republican Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in response to letters they received last week from Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth concerning tax reform and the impact on middle-income families.
November 16, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement after the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
November 2, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement after the release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: