As Amended by House Commettee

          Session of 1998
House Concurrent Resolution No. 5037
By Representatives Beggs, Aurand, Ballou, Boston, Carmody, Compton,
                Cox, Dahl, Dreher, Geringer, Gilmore, Glasscock, Horst, Humerick-
                house, Hutchins, Jennison, Johnson, Phill Kline, Lane, Mason, Mays,
                McCreary, Morrison, Myers, Neufeld, O'Connor, Osborne, Packer,
                Palmer, Powell, Powers, Presta, Schwartz, Shallenburger, Shore,
                Sloan, Spangler, Stone, Swenson, Tanner, Vickrey, Vining, Wagle and
          16             A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION memorializing the Congress of the
17             United States to enact legislation that will sunset the IRS Code by
18             December 31, 2000, and to develop and complete a replacement tax
19             code for the American people.
21           WHEREAS, The IRS Code is beyond repair; and
22           WHEREAS, The IRS Code is the core of the distrust of government
23       the American people feel; and
24           WHEREAS, The current tax code is seven million words, compared
25       to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address of 269 words, and the Declaration of
26       Independence of 1,337 words; and
27           WHEREAS, The IRS's ``simplest'' return, the EZForm 1040, has 33
28       pages of instructions, and the IRS Form 1040 has 76 pages of instructions;
29       and
30           WHEREAS, Individual taxpayers will spend 1.7 billion hours and
31       American business will spend 3.4 billion hours each year simply trying to
32       comply with the tax code--which is equivalent to a ``staff'' of three million
33       people working full time, year round, just on taxes; and
34           WHEREAS, Taxes are too high, but any steps to lower taxes by mod-
35       ifying the existing tax code would make it even longer and more confusing;
36       and
37           WHEREAS, This proposal embodies a prudent method and adequate
38       time for developing a new tax code: Now, therefore,
39           Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,
40       the Senate concurring therein: That the legislature request of the Con-
41       gress of the United States enactment of legislation which will abolish the
42       IRS Code by December 31, 2000, and replace it with a new method of
43       taxation which in essence will:

HCR 5037--Am.


  1           Lower taxes, to create job opportunities
  2           Foster growth, by encouraging work and savings
  3           Be fair, for all taxpayers
  4           Be simple enough for all taxpayers to understand
  5           Be neutral, allowing people, not government to make choices
  6           Be visible, so people know the cost of government
  7           Be stable, so people can plan for the future.
  8        Be it further resolved: That this resolution shall not be construed
  9       to indicate the legislatures favor for the replacement of the federal
10       income tax with any federal sales tax or flat rate income tax system
11       which results in a shifting of the existing federal income tax burden
12       from one population segment to the average taxpayer;
13           Be it further resolved: That the legislature request the several states
14       apply to Congress for enactment of this proposal; and
15           Be it further resolved: That copies of this resolution, attesting to the
16       adoption of this resolution, be forwarded by the Chief Clerk of the House
17       of Representatives to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
18       House of Representatives of the United States, to each of the senators
19       and representatives from Kansas and to the legislatures of each of the
20       several states.