Group's Leader Aims to Spark Tax Code Reform Says Missouri Businesses Could Play Big Part
Christopher Carey Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Missouri can claim a spot alongside Massachusetts as the starting point for a historic tax revolt, the head of the nation's largest small-business advocacy group said Thursday.
By helping to abolish the Internal Revenue Service code, business owners in St. Louis can help build the oft-mentioned "bridge to the 21st century," said Jack Faris, president of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The 600,000-member group kicked off a nationwide campaign for simpler, fairer tax laws Monday in Independence, Mo., a site chosen for the symbolism of its name and its most famous native son. "Small businesses in the Show-Me State are ready to show America what they think about the current tax code," Farris said. Harry Truman said `The Buck Stops Here.' We're in Missouri to say `The Code Stops Here.' " Faris spoke Thursday to members of the St. Louis Rotary Club, and his Missouri tour continues today in Cape Girardeau. Although the event in Independence was no Boston Tea Party, Faris hopes it leads to a revolutionary change in federal tax laws, which he criticized as too complex, too confusing and too time-consuming. The federation wants to collect 1 million or more signatures in support of change before June 17, the start of the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. It plans to dump the signature forms on Capitol the lawn to show the sheer number of businesses that want change, Faris said. "We're going to stack all these up . …