by Ken Rankin Washington — Leaders of the accounting profession who have been clamoring for the simplification of the nation’s overly complex tax laws found a new champion on Capitol Hill as the 2004 filing season drew to a close.

In a move aimed at pushing tax code simplification to the top of the congressional priority list, Rep. Amo Houghton, R-N.Y., introduced a package of nine separate proposals designed to streamline a number of the most complicated aspects of the U.S. tax system.

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