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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


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

November 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, designed to overhaul the tax code and provide relief to American families for the first time since 1986:

October 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Chairman Diane Black joined Maria Bartiromo today on “Mornings with Maria” to discuss the Budget, tax reform and her reaction as a nurse to the tragedy in Las Vegas. Click here or on the image below to view the full interview.

September 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance released the unified framework for fixing the tax code, last updated by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. The framework will deliver a modern code built for growth, supporting middle-class families, protecting jobs and delivering fiscally responsible tax reform to spur the economy. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

August 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), Chairman of the House Budget Committee and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement in support of President Trump’s remarks on tax reform:

July 20, 2017 In The News

Washington, D.C. – Budget Chairman Diane Black (R-TN-06) discusses tax reform and reconciliation following the passage of the FY18 Budget Resolution – “Building a Better America.” The resolution was passed with unanimous GOP support late Wednesday night.

Click HERE to watch Chairman Black interviewed by Kevin Cirilli on Bloomberg TV.

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.