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WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement today applauding the decision by Congress to stop the White House from closing down 68 taxpayer assistance centers. The provision protecting the centers was included in the FY 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Conference Report. The House passed the conference report today.
“I am very pleased that Congress agreed to stop the ill-advised White House plan to close 68 taxpayer assistance centers in 29 states.
“Today our tax code is more complicated than ever. In the last 5 years, approximately 15,000 new pages have been added to the tax code. According to the Cato Institute, the tax code has gone from approximately 45,000 pages at the end of 2000 to almost 65,000 pages today.
“Every new page of tax code is a new page of complexity and confusion. Taxpayer assistance centers are a critical tool in helping citizens who can’t afford a professional accountant to understand and comply with the law.”