(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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  (Mr. FLEMING asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. FLEMING. Mr. Speaker, the American people have just finished the 
annual aggravation of tax preparation. Every year, individuals and 
businesses spend more than 6 billion hours and about $168 billion just 
to meet the filing requirements of the IRS.
  Among those hit hardest by our 4-million-word Tax Code are senior 
citizens. Many live on fixed incomes and have common forms of income, 
like dividends, Social Security benefits, and IRA distributions; yet 
they face the high cost of compliance. That's why I introduced the 
Seniors' Tax Simplification Act. This commonsense bill--and it is 
bipartisan--would create one simple form, much like the popular 1040EZ 
form. It would be used for the relatively simple tax filing situations 
that are common for seniors anyway. Creating a no-nonsense 1040SR form 
would reduce compliance costs for seniors and lessen the burden of the 
tax season for them.
  The Seniors' Tax Simplification Act is a straightforward, no-cost 
bill that has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by many senior 
citizen groups and deserves a vote in this House.