Congressman Wants to Move Income Tax Day By David Brody, Washington, D.C., correspondent There is a proposal in Congress to change tax day — to the day before you vote. A member of the U.S. House of Representatives wants to move the date for when your taxes must be filed. Instead of April 15, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., wants to place Income Tax Day right before the national elections in November. His scenario: You file your taxes and have to pay thousands of dollars to the federal government on the first Monday in November. The next day, you vote. Bartlett thinks by moving the day, voters will be more engaged in the process. "I think that they might vote a little differently," he said. "I think Americans might make different choices if they have the price of government in their minds when they cast their ballots." According to this philosophy, if you vote for a president who has raised your taxes, why wait for the bill to come in months later? It may be out of your mind at that point, explained Dan Clifton, with Americans for Tax Reform. "When we go to the ballot box we are voting for services and the cost for those services that are going to be provided to us by the politicians and as of right now, it's nearly six months removed away from those taxpayers," Clifton said. Bartlett said there's another reason for the change: Americans need to realize that the tax burden in this country is way too high. "The Bible says it's more blessed to give than to receive," Bartlett said. "(But) I have yet to talk to the first American who had a good warm feeling on April 15 because most of the taxes the government had forcibly taken from them was used on philanthropic things." Bartlett promised he could get more 100 cosponsors for the bill. Whether he can get a majority in the House may prove to be another matter. Bartlett introduced the idea for a tax day change in the last session of Congress but it didn't go anywhere. He thinks the chances are now much better.