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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Tax Reform

Right now, the current federal tax code is a convoluted and broken mess. Since 1986, the tax code has grown more than 70,000 pages, and in the last decade alone, more than 4,400 changes have been made to the code. It is known that 90 percent of Michigan families and small business owners today either pay someone to negotiate the maze of  tax forms and deductions, or purchase commercial software to aid in filing tax returns. All totaled, Michigan residents spend over $160 billion and about 6 billion hours a year trying to comply with the tax code.

I am working for Michigan’s Eighth District to reform and simplify the tax code so that it may be simpler, fairer and limit the many loopholes in the current system. Most importantly, I believe lowering tax rates will not only create jobs and strengthen our economy, but also allow taxpayers to keep more of the money they worked so hard to earn. By making the tax code more conducive to families, we can stimulate job growth and get our economy back on the road to recovery. 

More on Tax Reform

March 7, 2017 Press Release
"The goal of our bipartisan legislation is to create one simplified system for Americans to do their state income taxes, eliminating the burdensome paperwork and reducing compliance costs for everyone involved," said Bishop.
February 14, 2017 Press Release
“I am grateful for this opportunity to fight for Michigan on the House Ways and Means Committee,” said Bishop. “We have a real opportunity this Congress to grow our economy and help families get ahead – just as we did in the Comeback State."
September 22, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Mike Bishop’s “Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act” (H.R. 2315) passed the U.S. House last night with strong bipartisan support. "By streamlining these requirements across states, we can reduce compliance costs and confusing paperwork for employees and employers alike," said Bishop.
September 21, 2016 Video

Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) talked about H.R. 2315, to simplify the state income tax code, in an effort to help workers save and businesses grow.

September 21, 2016 Video

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21, 2016, in relation to the articles of impeachment that have been brought against him due to his handling of their agency’s apparent unfair targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exemption status.

April 21, 2016 Press Release
"I am committed to fighting for hardworking taxpayers and will continue to find more ways to hold the IRS accountable for its outright abuse and failures," said Bishop.
February 22, 2016 Press Release
On Feb. 22, 8th District Congressman Mike Bishop hosted an informational meeting to connect eligible residents with Michigan Free File programs to file their state and federal tax returns online at no cost. After the briefing, attendees had the opportunity to use the Free File products.
January 6, 2016 Video

Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) discusses the need to repeal Obamacare by discussing two of many local examples from the district over the last year. In 2016, the average price of healthcare premiums under Obamacare is expected to rise an average of 12.56% nationally.