Reducing Taxes

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

Every year the Tax Foundation helps Americans celebrate Tax Freedom Day. This is the day that American taxpayers are "freed" from the cost of government. In 2007, according to the Tax Foundation, Americans will work 120 days a year just to pay their tax burden required to operate our government.

Congressman Burton believes that Americans' tax burden is still too high. He supports making President Bush's tax cuts permanent.

Tax Reform
In addition, Congressman Burton supports significant tax reform. Our current income tax system is too complex; there are too many forms, exceptions, addendums and loopholes. Without an expert tax advisor, many Americans never claim all the deductions they deserve. A simpler, fairer, and more progressive solution is the Fair Tax. Dan has been a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax Act.

Fair Tax
Repeal the federal income tax, including all corporate and individual income taxes, payroll taxes (including Social Security and Medicare), self-employment taxes, capital gains, and estate and gift taxes. The income tax imposed on investment income and pension benefits or IRA withdrawals will be repealed.
Impose a single-rate, single-stage federal retail sales tax at the point of consumption of all new goods and services. No exemptions or exceptions. It is a progressive tax, which would provide a universal rebate of the sales tax equal to spending up to the federal poverty level.

Click here for more information on Tax Freedom Day.

For more information on The Fair Tax, visit

Congressman Dan Burton's record on reducing the tax burden

Americans for Tax Reform vote scorecard
We believe in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible, and lower than they are today. The government's power to control one's life derives from its power to tax. We believe that power should be minimized.

2006 91%
2005 96%
2004 85%
2003 95%
2002 65%
2001 95%
2000 85%

The Americans for Tax Reform have awarded Dan with the Hero of the Taxpayer Award for siding with taxpayers on crucial tax and economic issues in the 108th Congress.

In 2004, Burton was awarded Benjamin Franklin Award from the 60 Plus Association for efforts to permanently repeal the estate tax, more commonly referred to as the death tax.