Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered a simple solution this weekend to the controversy that has engulfed the Internal Revenue Service recently: Get rid of it altogether.
“We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our taxes on a postcard.” Cruz said on Fox News. “Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, for home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be just a simple, one-page postcard.”
Cruz went on to say that taking the "agents, bureaucracy out of Washington" would remove the "invitation" for the IRS to abuse the power it wields.
While the flat tax is often pushed by conservatives as a simpler, fairer system of taxation, opponents frequently note that such a framework would shift the tax burden away from wealthier Americans and onto poorer ones.
Still, amid the current scandal over the IRS' targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the calls for stripping the agency of responsibility have gained popularity. Cruz has been among the most vocal supporters of this plan, claiming that eliminating the IRS is the only way to be sure that the controversial behavior is not repeated.