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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement supporting Rep. Dan Benishek’s (R-MI) introduction of a bill to require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to mail paper forms to any individual who filed a paper return for the preceding taxable year.
“Taxes are a necessary, and sometimes painful, part of life. People should at least be able to choose the manner in which they receive information and services from the federal government. The rush to digitize government interaction is shortsighted and disenfranchises too many Americans. Representative Benishek’s bill is an important part of putting such a decision back in the hands of each citizen, rather than the IRS imposing digital-only access as a one-size-fits-all requirement for all taxpayers.
“We thank Representative Benishek for recognizing the importance of safeguarding the opportunity to choose the manner in which citizens receive information and services from the tax collector.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.