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Cruz Calls for Abolishing IRS, Moving to ‘Simple Flat Tax’

Senator Ted Cruz offered a solution to the IRS’s scandal: get rid of the agency entirely and simplify the tax code so that tax returns fit on a piece of paper the size of a postcard.

“We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax,” Cruz said on Fox News over the weekend.

“Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, for home mortgage, and how much you owe,” he continued. “It ought to be just a simple, one-page postcard.”

“Take the agents, bureaucracy out of Washington, and limit the power of the government,” he said.

Cruz called the recent scandal “a manifestation of too much power in the federal government.”

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