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Group demanding tax cuts demonstrates outside IRS

Tax Cuts Now! activists rallied in front of the IRS on Friday, September 15, 2017. The group is demanding lower taxes to help small business and the American middle-class. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

As President Trump pushes for broader tax reform, some Americans are urging Congress to turn to tax cuts for small businesses.

The Job Creators Network launched a multi-million dollar campaign to pressure lawmakers to pass small business tax cut legislation by Thanksgiving.

The nationwide effort to bring about tax breaks for small businesses is called the "15% on the 15th." On Friday, activists marched to the front door of the IRS building in D.C.

“Look at the IRS building, isn't it disgusting?” said Stephen Moore, fellow at Heritage Foundation and a former economic policy advisor to the Trump campaign.

The campaign is urging Congress to give a 15% tax break to the nearly 30 million small businesses in America.

“This is the backbone of America, they employ two-thirds of job-growth are in their hands of 56 million employees,” said Alfredo Ortiz president and CEO of Job Creators Network.

For some, like Susan Kochevar, owning a small business is part of the American dream. She says the nearly 40% in taxes is hurting her drive-in movie theater in Colorado.

“If we can get a tax cut I can buy the property next door to me, I can expand my business,” said Kochevar owner of 88 Drive-In Theatre. “I pay my kids more, they’re young people trying to learn skills and get better jobs.”

Joseph Semprevivo, owner of Joseph's Sugar Free Cookies believes a tax break will help his company become more competitive.

“It will give us that 19-20% savings off the bat, so when we’re selling it to other countries we can literally reduce our price by that 19-20%,” he said.

President Trump believes America now has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” for tax reform. The White House says they want to make changes to the existing tax code, which they say is currently only benefiting the wealthy.

“We want to help everybody else which is why we are focused so much on hard-working middle-class families and small and medium-size businesses,” said Tony Sayegh, assistant secretary of public affairs at US Treasury.

However, Democrats are still skeptical that the current tax proposal will help the middle class.

“We don’t want to give big tax breaks to those at the very top while working families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Senate Minority Leader on the floor Wednesday.


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