Sen. Brown calls for bill requiring government to give taxpayers receipts

"Americans pay more in taxes than they do on their own basic necessities, and the annual filing is always costly and time consuming," he added. "A receipt is the least the government can do to show taxpayers where their dollars are going."

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Brown introduced the Taxpayer Receipt act, S. 437, last year with Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonTop Dem welcomes industry TV box plan Congress must resolve net neutrality once and for all Senators seek state revenue sharing for offshore drilling MORE (D-Fla.). But while the bill picked up three sponsors — Sens. Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonFormer GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform On Wall Street, Dem shake-up puts party at crossroads MORE (D-S.D.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), and Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiSenators seek state revenue sharing for offshore drilling Senate panel approves 0M for international climate fund GOP senator praises Supreme Court's abortion ruling MORE (R-Alaska) — it never advanced in the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill.

The pending April 17 tax deadline has prompted other tax-related bills this week, including one from Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownThe Hill's 12:30 Report America isn't afraid of the NRA, and Congress shouldn't be, either Dodd-Frank backers heap praise on GE Capital decision MORE (D-Ohio) that would increase penalties against people who commit tax fraud, and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report House to vote on NRA-backed gun measure Attorney general says she will defer to FBI on Clinton emails MORE (R-Texas) has proposed a small-business taxpayer bill of rights.

The tax deadline was pushed back to April 17 this year because the April 15, usually Tax Day, falls on a holiday, and April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia.

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