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02-12-2016 at 08:02 am - David Williams - Posted in: Congress, Corporate tax, David Williams, Tax Reform, Taxes, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Valentine's Day - 0 Comment

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Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches.  With that in mind, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) continues our Valentine’s Day themed campaign designed to address the serious issue of tax reform for members of Congress. The “Love is Patient, Taxpayers Aren’t” campaign (click here for press release) sums up the desire for immediate tax reform.  Much like the holiday of Valentine’s Day, the campaign will be conducted with the passage of cards, candy and alluring messages.

As part of the campaign, members of Congress and their staff will be sent a BuzzFeed-style personality quiz to see if their views truly are aligned with tax reform. The results of the quiz are simple - either the member of Congress is in favor of economy boosting tax reform, or they oppose tax.  TPA will also encourage Capitol Hill to utilize our snapchat filter that features conversation hearts adorned with tax reform messages such as “Tax Reform BAE (Before Anything Else)” and “Tax Reform 2016.”  Additionally, Congress will be sent eCards featuring tax reform memes with holiday-themed facts such as: “There are 75 thousand pages in the US Tax Code. That’s enough paper to write a love letter every day for the next 200 years.”



02-11-2016 at 12:10 pm - Michi Iljazi - Posted in: Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxes, Senate, Michi Iljazi, Internet tax, Internet - 0 Comment

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Taxpayers Protection Alliance Applauds Senate on PITFA Passage!

Internet Access Taxes Permanently Banned After Bipartisan Vote in Senate

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded the Senate for passing the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), a permanent ban on Internet access taxes, as apart of H.R. 644, The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.  The House has already passed PITFA, so the Senate’s vote brings the legislation one step closer.  TPA urges President Obama to sign the bill and end the threat of Internet access taxes, forever.  After nearly two decades of temporary extensions, taxpayers and consumers of all income levels are on the verge of a major victory.  The federal government has been determined to stifle the growth of the Internet by imposing draconian regulations and taxes. Americans are taxed enough already.  Now, with just the signature of the President, that ban will be permanent.  



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Washington, D.C.- Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted to the final budget proposal from President Barack Obama. The budget, released on Tuesday calls for $4.1 trillion in spending for Fiscal Year 2017, an increase over the previous proposal from the White House which sought $3.99 trillion for FY 2016. With calls for new taxes and no meaningful reform on spending, it is hardly a proposal that moves the needle in the right direction.



02-09-2016 at 11:28 am - Michi Iljazi - Posted in: Congress, David Williams, Internet, Internet tax, Michi Iljazi, National Taxpayers Union, Senate, Taxpayers Protection Alliance - 0 Comment

Taxpayers Protection Alliance is committed to seeing relief for taxpayers whenever victories appear to be sight, and lately taxpayers haven’t had too many victories. That could all change over the next few days as the Senate considers legislation that will permanently extended the moratorium on Internet access taxes. In December, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 by a vote of 256-158.This legislation contains measures regarding our trade agenda, but it also contains a positive taxpayer provision, the "Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act" (PITFA), which will forever eliminate any threat of tax increases for Internet access. PITFA will give millions of Americans the certainty they need on a looming tax increase that can finally be eliminated for good. The conference report contains language that will ban those online taxes nationwide permanently.  TPA and many other groups have been working and fighting for years to have the moratorium (which has been extended on a limited basis continually since 1998) made permanent. The Internet is critical to businesses, and working families that cannot afford any new tax increases, particularly one that would reach every jurisdiction in the country, which would amount to more than 10,000 different possible new increases around the country. Individuals and businesses use a number of tools to access the web, including smart phones, tablets, TVs, and computers; all of those mediums would be impacted by these new tax increases. E-commerce is paramount to growing our economy, and this is a tax that would absolutely damage the internet-based economy.



02-08-2016 at 07:15 am - David Williams - Posted in: Valentine's Day, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxes, Tax Reform, David Williams, Corporate tax, Congress - 0 Comment

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Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches.  With that in mind, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) launched a Valentine’s Day themed campaign designed to address the serious issue of tax reform for members of Congress. The “Love is Patient, Taxpayers Aren’t” campaign (click here for press release) sums up the desire for immediate tax reform.  Much like the holiday of Valentine’s Day, the campaign will be conducted with the passage of cards, candy and alluring messages.

As part of the campaign, members of Congress and their staff will be sent a BuzzFeed-style personality quiz to see if their views truly are aligned with tax reform. The results of the quiz are simple - either the member of Congress is in favor of economy boosting tax reform, or they oppose tax.  TPA will also encourage Capitol Hill to utilize our snapchat filter that features conversation hearts adorned with tax reform messages such as “Tax Reform BAE (Before Anything Else)” and “Tax Reform 2016.”  Additionally, Congress will be sent eCards featuring tax reform memes with holiday-themed facts such as: “There are 75 thousand pages in the US Tax Code. That’s enough paper to write a love letter every day for the next 200 years.”



02-05-2016 at 08:08 am - Michi Iljazi - Posted in: Debt, Michi Iljazi, Spending, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, United States Postal Service (USPS) - 0 Comment

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The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) remains focused on our work looking at how the United States Postal Service (USPS) is mismanaging time and resources, including taxpayer dollars, on services they have no business being involved in. This week, TPA submitted public comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in response to the agencies Annual Compliance Report for the year 2015. TPA’s comment was focused on the need for better leadership and greater accountability as the agency struggles to fix their financial mess, while stressing that the USPS must get back to their core mission of delivering the mail.

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02-03-2016 at 06:51 am - David Williams - Posted in: Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxes, Tax Reform, Subsidy, Solar, President Obama, Oil, Green energy, Energy, David Williams, Sen. Bernie Sanders - 0 Comment

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As the march towards Election Day 2016 continues, the current crop of presidential candidates are getting more specific with their tax policy proposals.  And, in the process, they are trotting out their favorite campaign trail sound bites that may sound attractive in theory, but in reality would be a disaster for the nation’s economy. A perfect example of this is presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  On Friday, his campaign released five steps he would take in reforming the corporate tax code, and unsurprisingly, targeting the energy industry was near the top of his list.  According to the plan, “Sen. Sanders would repeal dozens of loopholes and tax subsidies throughout the federal tax code that benefit oil, natural gas, and coal special interests, saving more than $135 billion over the next decade.” Sen. Sanders is simply wrong on the facts.  The traditional energy industry doesn’t receive subsidies; however, they do take deductions.  A subsidy is a direct payment from the government, typically to help prop up an industry. A deduction is taken to write off legitimate business expenses which the energy industry takes along with practically every company listed in the S&P 500. Interestingly, the Sanders plan makes no mention of repealing subsidies for the renewable energy sector which have increased to record levels under President Obama’s watch. The Obama administration’s record of renewables subsidies took place despite the fact that renewables accounted for only 11.4 percent of America’s primary energy production while fossil fuels accounted for 78.5 percent in 2013, according to the Congressional Research Service.



02-02-2016 at 07:21 am - David Williams - Posted in: Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxes, Tax Reform, Subsidy, Solar, President Obama, Oil, Green energy, Energy, David Williams, Sen. Bernie Sanders - 0 Comment

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Last week, Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Harry Reid (D-Nevada) introduced Amendment 3120 to the “Energy Policy and Modernization Act” to regulate how states deal with so-called “net metering,” a system that credits people with rooftop solar for excess electricity they produce.  The amendment is an assault on federalism and common sense.

This amendment is a top-down, “one-size-fits-all” approach to energy policies to the detriment of the states, electricity customers, and communities.  The bottom line is that the federal government should not be in the business of telling states how to provide energy for their electricity consumers.  In the end, this is just another attempt to prop up the taxpayer-subsidized and failing business model of solar energy.

The King-Reid amendment creates such punitive standards that states, localities, and rural electric cooperatives will be forced to stick to the proposed federal rules, even when those rules are not in the best interests of their constituents.

The amendment also forces traditional electricity consumers (those without solar panels) to subsidize solar users by transferring the costs associated with maintaining the electric grid wholly onto these traditional customers.  This is the case even though just about every solar customer is hooked up to (and relies on) the power grid, which everybody depends on for their homes, businesses, and institutions.  This is analogous to a toll road where some cars (solar users) are allowed to use the road for free while others (traditional electricity users) are forced to pay tolls.  Both cars, i.e. electricity and solar users, produce the same wear and tear, yet one (solar users) gets a free ride.  And, to add insult to injury, solar users get paid to use the road (electric grid).

Worse, the amendment will increase electricity prices for everyone.  Well, except for the protected class of solar users by paying said solar consumers for the “societal value” of solar usage.  Maintaining the grid costs money and those who can least afford to pay for the maintenance will be footing the bill.

As with so many recent proposals from Democrats, the King-Reid amendment fully ignores the role of the marketplace. It would completely disrupt the electricity market by paying for wholly subjective “value” and “benefits,” the estimates of which may or may not have any connection to reality.



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This article appeared in The Daily Caller on January 27, 2016

The growth of new technologies in cable broadband in recent years has greatly expanded the reach and value of its services. Whereas cable itself was once king, broadband now thrives with the emergence of streaming platforms and new social networking tools, all of which we can access on multiple mobile devices. As a result, spectrum demand nearly outpaces supply, and industry stakeholders and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulators are scrambling to ensure there is enough spectrum to support the growth of wireless innovation. Unfortunately, not all participants in the industry have played by the rules. DISH Network recently deceived the FCC and undercut its competitors by circumventing the rules of the agency’s spectrum auction. Now, the company is trying to deceive the FCC again by backing a front group fighting the merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Knowing DISH’s reputation and its own previous efforts to merge, it is essential that policymakers and the public cast a wary eye on the company’s actions.



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Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy and Taxpayers Protection Alliance Release Report on Wasteful State Spending, Misuse of Taxpayer Funds

Charleston, W. Va. - Thursday, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance released a new report entitled: Wild and Wasteful West Virginia: Exposing Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Your State Tax Dollars. The report (click here to read) exposes and highlights more than $330 million in wasteful spending spread across almost 60 different state programs. The examples cited in the report demonstrate that West Virginia has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. State lawmakers, who must now confront a $353 million budget shortfall, should look to cut wasteful expenditures instead of burdening the state’s already financially beleaguered residents with fees and tax increases.



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