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  • Cutting Corporate Taxes Will Spur Economic Growth

    David Williams on November 3, 2011

    America was built on the ability to out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world. Both of these advantages are under threat with excessive taxation and tax compliance that fills volumes of books and billions of hours of tax preparation.  As a result, job creation has suffered and any economic recovery is threatened.  The corporate tax rate of 35 percent (the second highest in the world) is an example of an outdated tax system and a burden this country can no longer bear.  This rate is higher than every one of America’s major European trading partners and is higher than China or Canada. In fact, since 1992, the average OECD combined statutory rate has been lower than America’s and it has continued to fall. Today, it is nearly 10 percent lower (25.1 percent) than America’s 35 percent. Add in the state and local taxes that U.S.-based companies pay and the gap widens even further.

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  • The Wireless Tax Fairness Act - Taxpayers and Consumers Win!

    David Williams on November 1, 2011

    It’s not very frequently that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reports on a victory, but this evening (November 1) was a banner moment for everyone that owns a cell phone.  The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1002, the Wireless Tax Fairness Act.  This bi-partisan bill, with 236 co-sponsors, freezes all new state and local taxes and fees on wireless for 5 years.  The official scoring entity of Congress, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), scored it as no additional cost to any level of government.  A true win!  Mobile devices are becoming a popular way to purchase books, music, or just download any content via the Internet.  The Wireless Tax Fairness Act stops states and local governments from imposing multiple or discriminatory taxes on these items.

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  • Super Committee is a Super Bad Idea - Prepare for More Gridlock

    David Williams on August 12, 2011

    As part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling, members of Congress and the President agreed on initial spending cuts of $1 trillion.  The bill also requires the formation of a super committee that would have to find an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction (if no agreement is made then there would be across-the-board cuts).  Please note that I didn’t say spending cuts with the super committee because a tax increase could be considered as part of deficit reduction.  And, FYI, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is opposed to any tax increase.  First, the super committee is the coward’s way to deficit reduction with 523 members of Congress abdicating their responsibility to 12 members of Congress.  Besides the cowardice of even creating the super committee, there are a number of concerns that TPA has with the super committee:  the constitutionality of the committee, the ability to raise taxes and whether or not there will be any transparency so taxpayers can see what is taking place behind closed doors.

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  • Congress Goes on Vacation As Taxpayers Continue to Work to Pay the Country's Bills

    David Williams on August 5, 2011

    Congress left for recess on August 2, immediately after they raised the debt ceiling and promised to cut spending.  With a month long vacation (they call it district time) and plenty of time on their hands, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) wants to know if you see your member of Congress at an official town hall meeting or at the local grocery store.  What is remarkable about their month-long absence is that they will have one month of “district time” and that they make $174,000 per year.  With very generous benefits such as retirement, pension and health coverage, their total compensation is roughly $285,000 per year (read the report here).  If you do run into your member of Congress we have a few questions you might want to ask.

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  • Senate Kills Cut, Cap, and Balance - Gang of Six is Still NOT the Answer

    David Williams on July 22, 2011

    On Tuesday July 19, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap, & Balance Act of 2011 (click here, here, and here to read previous posts on CCB).  On Friday, the Senate cut off debate on its version of cut, cap and balance, effectively killing the legislation.  If it had been passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the legislation would have forced Congress and the President to cut spending, cap spending and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.  On the same day that the vote on H.R. 2560 took place, the Senate’s Gang of Six proposal was released. Named after the three Republican senators; Tom Coburn (Okla.), Saxby Chambliss (Georgia), and Michael Crapo (Idaho) and three Democratic senators; Kent Conrad (N.D.); Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Mark Warner (Virginia), the Gang of 6 plan is supposed to be THE bi-partisan answer to raising the debt ceiling and addressing future deficits and debt.  In reality, the plan contains massive tax increases.

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  • Senate Democrats Miss the Point

    Michael Shue on July 13, 2011

    (Michael Shue is a guest commentator and taxpayer from Virginia.  Michael can be reached at On Monday July 11, Senate Democrats released their budget framework detailing their vision on tackling the looming debt crisis.  The framework begins with dire warnings of what will happen if we do not get our fiscal house in order: unsustainable debt levels, trillions in deficits and interest payments; all economic poison for years to come.  They even go so far to quote Admiral Mike Mullen saying that our national debt isn’t just an economic problem, but a dire national security issue.  But their solution is the biggest mistake that could be made:  tax increases.

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  • Debt Ceiling Negotiations Illustrate the Need for Cut, Cap, and Balance

    David Williams on July 11, 2011

    After a 75 minute meeting on Sunday July 10, Republican leaders and President Obama have yet to come up with a plan to raise the debt ceiling, or more importantly, cut spending.  The meeting comes just 48 hours after new unemployment numbers were released that showed an increase in unemployment from May to June. President Obama insists that tax increases must be in the table while fiscal conservatives are staking their ground by insisting on spending cuts without tax increases.  Now is not the time to burden the taxpayers with more taxes.  That is why it is imperative to tell your member of Congress to stop the over spending and sign the cut, cap, and balance pledge.  Call the main switchboard of the Capitol at 202-224-3121.

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  • Debt Ceiling Negotiations: Time for Real Spending Cuts and Not Tax Increases

    David Williams on July 8, 2011

    New unemployment numbers were released today (July 8) and the bad news is that the unemployment rate jumped to 9.2 percent.  This number was released smack dab in the middle of the negotiations on raising the debt ceiling and just 48 hours before a rare Sunday meeting between members of Congress and the President as they try to hammer out a deal on raising the debt ceiling. Fiscal conservatives are staking their ground by insisting on spending cuts without tax increases while others keep the door open to tax increases.  Rumors have been leaked about Republicans accepting a deal that would include an increase in revenues.  Now is not the time to burden the taxpayers with more taxes.  That is why it is imperative to tell your member of Congress to stop the over spending and demand real spending cuts and no tax increases.  Call the main switchboard of the Capitol at 202-224-3121.

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  • Cut, Cap, and Balance – It’s What the Cool Members of Congress are Doing

    David Williams on June 21, 2011

    The nation is plagued with a $14.3 trillion debt and a deficit that exceeds $1 trillion.  This is happening as the country struggles to emerge from one of its worst economic downturns in history.  Just as any household that is faced with economic woes, Congress should cut (spending), cap (spending) and pass a balanced budget amendment.

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  • How Tax Policies Determine Winners and Losers in the NBA

    Drew Johnson on June 15, 2011

    On Sunday night, the Dallas Mavericks celebrated their first NBA championship. In winning the championship, the Mavs displayed clutch shooting, shrewd coaching, unwavering confidence in each other, and thrilling performances from their best player, Dirk Nowitzki.

    But the Mavs, and several of the other top teams in pro basketball, have another advantage that most fans never consider.

    After all, the advantage isn’t created in the weight room or on the practice courts. It’s gained in buildings that most players will never visit, in cities that are often hundreds of miles from where the teams play.

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  • Creating Jobs in Tennessee

    David Williams on May 16, 2011

    Tennessee is in the middle of a taxation battle as the state legislature figures out what to do with an agreement that former Governor Phil Bredesen agreed to and current Governor Bill Haslam intends to honor which would exempt Amazon (the mega Internet seller of books and other goods) from paying state taxes, if it builds distribution centers in Tennessee.  Any legislation that invalidates this deal would be harmful to the Volunteer State and its residents.

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  • Groups Ignore Centers for Disease Control Lobbying Regulations

    David Williams on May 12, 2011

    On February 19, 2009 President Obama signed the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, or more commonly known as the Stimulus Bill.  There was more than $800 billion in spending that was supposed to address unemployment and the economic dip that America had experienced.  What it did was create a myriad of new programs that have little to do with job creation and more to do with expanding government’s reach into society.

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  • The Most Taxing Day of the Year

    David Williams on April 18, 2011

    Even though it is April 18, not April 15, today is tax day and it is the most taxing day of the year.  Why do people dread this day every year?  Let’s take a look at some factoids from the the National Taxpayers Union, Tax FoundationNational Taxpayer Advocate and the Joint Committee on Taxation. » Read More
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