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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Tax Reform

Before I ever came to Congress, I signed a pledge not to raise my constituents’ taxes – and I’ve kept it. Now, as a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, the legislative body tasked with writing federal tax law, I’m working to overhaul our broken tax code in a way that lowers rates and lets more Americans keep more of what they’ve earned.

I’m a proud supporter of House Republicans’ “Better Way” for tax reform which calls for simplifying the tax code to three tax brackets and allowing the average family to complete their taxes on a postcard-sized form like THIS – no expensive software or professional tax preparer required.

Our blueprint continues by repealing the death tax, a form of double taxation that literally punishes taxpayers from beyond the grave by slapping a tax on family businesses and farms that parents leave behind to loved ones upon their death.

This plan for tax reform also respects the work of our job creators by offering the lowest tax rate since before World War II for small businesses operating as sole proprietorships or pass-through entities – designations that apply to 95 percent of businesses today.

Finally, our plan cleans house at the IRS; installing a “small claims court” that is independent of the agency and allows disputes to be resolved quickly and impartially. The blueprint also calls for installing a new IRS commissioner, subject to term limits, who will be tasked with ensuring fairness for all under our tax code and keeping partisan politics out of the IRS.

Click HERE to learn more about House Republicans’ “Better Way” agenda and click HERE to share your thoughts on tax-reform and other issues with me by joining one of my Advisory Committees.

More on Tax Reform

December 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, responded to a new Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report showing that the IRS erroneously granted more than $46 million in tax refunds as a result of a computer glitch and “ineffective monitoring of potentially fraudulent tax returns.” Black released the following statement:

December 17, 2015 Press Release


To watch a video of Congressman Black’s remarks on YouTube, click HERE
For a DropBox link to download the original video file of Rep. Black’s message, click HERE

December 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA-07) introduced H.R. 4141, the Tax Return Preparer Competency Act. The legislation requires professional tax return preparers to undergo necessary examinations, take annual continuing education classes and to submit to a background check.

November 20, 2015 Press Release

To watch Congressman Black’s video message on YouTube, click HERE.
For a DropBox link to download the original video file of Rep. Black’s message, click HERE

June 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, responded to a government watchdog report showing that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doled out nearly $19 million in contracts to corporations that owed back taxes in fiscal years 2012 and 2013, despite such payments being banned under federal law. Black released the following statement:

May 19, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, joined with Congressmen Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7), Jim McDermott (D-WA-7) and Trent Franks (R-AZ-8) to introduce the bipartisan Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2015. The legislation would make the current adoption tax credit fully refundable. Black, Davis, McDermott, and Franks released the following statements: