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Governor Calls For Summit To Simplify Tax Code

Gov. Pence announced a summit aimed at simplifying the tax code and making Indiana's taxes more competitive with other states.

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Gov. Mike Pence says some of Indiana's tax code has become too complicated.

Governor Mike Pence announced today  an Indiana tax summit to address simplifying the state’s tax code while making its tax climate more competitive.

Pence received an award Tuesday from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation for his and the General Assembly’s efforts to cut taxes.

The governor says he’s proud of the achievements so far but acknowledges that there’s still work to be done.  He says the tax summit will bring together Indiana officials and out-of-state experts to look at best practices from around the country and develop fresh ideas to improve the state’s tax environment.

Pence says there’s already plenty of room to simplify the Indiana tax code.

“The IT-40, for instance, filed by more than two and a half million Hoosiers in 2012, mushroomed from two pages and 28 pages of instruction to two pages, eight schedules and 63 pages of instructions in just 15 years,” he says.

The summit will take place in late June.

Pence says it will work in concert with a commission on state and local taxation the General Assembly created this past session.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    This is cover of course for further lowering taxes on businesses and raising them on individuals. He ran on a platform of the lowering of businesses above -all else- so this “simplification” is an excellent way for the Gov to find the best ways to appear to “simplify” the tax code but remove deductions for things like child care expenses, a deduction for people who rent, excessive health care expenses out-of-pocket, you know the things that people do. But we must remember that the Supreme Court says businesses/corporations -ARE- people. RUBBISH.

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