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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey pushes for ‘simpler’ tax code in new op-ed

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey answers a question after a visit to Phoenix Children's Hospital Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Phoenix. Ducey on Tuesday said tapping the state's rainy day fund might be one option to at least temporarily continue a state insurance program for low-income children if Congress does not quickly renew it. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is touting the state’s economy in a new op-ed in an effort to urge Congress to simplify the national tax code.

In an opinion article for the Phoenix Business Journal, Ducey said today’s tax code ” is longer than the Bible without any of the good news.”

Ducey claimed the tax code has “nearly doubled in size” since the last time it was simplified and has “[grown] more complex, and [shifted] a greater share of the tax burden to the middle class.”

According to Ducey, it takes an average of 13 hours for one person to properly fill out an IRS form and costs an average of $12,000 to file as a corporation.

But with pro-growth tax reform, he argued, “these savings would be invested back into Arizona businesses and workers.”

In response, he called upon Congress to create a tax plan that “set a rate for businesses that’s fair, close the loopholes and make our tax code simpler and more equitable for everyone.”

Ducey also advocated for Congress to tune out special interests groups, which he said would “fight like crazy to keep their loopholes and special treatment.”

Ducey’s opinion article was published the same day as Congressional Republicans unveiled a slew of tax cuts.

The tax plan would slash the corporate rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, a demand of President Donald Trump.

The plan shrinks the number of brackets from seven to three or four, with respective tax rates of 12 percent, 25 percent, 35 percent and a category still to be determined. The system would be simplified, and most people would be able to file their returns on a postcard-sized form.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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