A complete overhaul of the federal income tax system - one of the top legislative priorities for President George W. Bush last year - appears to have slipped off of the administration's radar screen altogether in 2006, congressional leaders charged.The latest indication that White House interest in tax reform has cooled during the past year: Top Treasury Department officials declined to testify at a recent round of Senate Finance Committee hearings to discuss the issue.
That hearing was designed to explore the department's response to the recommendations of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform - a group that last October advanced two alternative approaches for streamlining the tax code and closing the mammoth $345 billion tax gap.
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