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April 3, 2013

Congressman supports income tax reform

Rokita wants to tighten U.S. immigration laws

Rep. Todd Rokita said he supports reducing the number of income tax brackets from six to two and wants more wage earners to pay taxes.

Rokita, R-4th District, met for about one hour Tuesday with local residents at the Main Street Cafe.

Rokita said the two tax brackets would be a 25 and 15 percent tax rate, but the details of a proposal haven’t been finalized.

“We want to lower the rates for everyone,” he said. “Any bill has to be revenue neutral, and to accomplish that we need to reduce the number of loopholes.”

The deduction for interest paid on home mortgages would probably remain, Rokita said.

“If we go from six brackets to two, there will be more opportunities for people to use their money as they wish,” he said when asked about the deductions for charitable giving.

Rokita said the deduction for charitable giving will remain in the federal tax code, but there could be some changes on how it is calculated.

“I don’t see people wanting to do away with the charitable deduction,” he said.

He said right now 50 percent of wage earners in the United States pay no federal income taxes.

“Everyone should pay something,” Rokita said. “Everyone should pay for national defense. There is a level where people shouldn’t have to pay taxes, that level hasn’t been determined.”

Rokita also addressed immigration reform, saying a proposal by eight senators is just a starting point, and a lot more discussion has to take place.

“This is the beginning of the discussion of immigration,” he said. “We have always welcomed people into this country, but they have to come in the right way.”

Rokita said there is no excuse when people say the immigration laws aren’t working and they enter the country illegally.

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