Tax Day 2018: Taxation and Representation

The Center for Vision & Values is proud to present two videos featuring 2008 Grove City College graduate Jared Walczak. Walczak ’08 is a senior policy analyst for the Tax Foundation and was a Student Fellow for the Center from 2006-2008. Walczak recently gave an American Founders address to a packed room in Pittsburgh, PA and was also interviewed for a segment on CBS Sunday Morning.

CBS Sunday Morning on April 8, 2018.


In 1985 President Ronald Reagan said, “We envision a system where more than half of us would not even have to fill out a return.”

Sounds good, right? But consider our complex tax code and an already-overstretched IRS. “There’s a significant cost to doing something like this, and the IRS does not currently have the funding to do this,” said Jared Walczak of the non-partisan Tax Foundation. He says getting the details right for every filer is a lot to ask. “It’s something that superficially makes a lot of sense,” Walczak said. “But unfortunately, it potentially loses taxpayers a lot of the deductions they might be able to take.”

Watch the video:

“Taxation and Representation: What the Founders Thought About Tax Policy”

March 6, 2018 – American Founders Lecture Series

Before a packed room, Walczak discusses how tax revolts have a storied place in history: opposition to oppressive taxation, real or imagined, has inspired passionate reactions from everyone from Lady Godiva to the Whiskey Rebels.

Watch the video:

About Jared Walczak

Jared Walczak is a former student fellow at the Institute for Faith and Freedom (Formerly The Center for Vision & Values) and 2008 graduate of Grove City College. Walczak is a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax policy research organization. He is the lead researcher on the annual State Business Tax Climate Index, the International Tax Competitiveness Index, and Location Matters (a 50 state model firms analysis). He has authored or coauthored tax reform books on Iowa, Louisiana, and Nevada.

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