December 19, 2017
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges the House of Representatives to vote YES for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. TPA is encouraged by the final tax reform package crafted by the conference committee. This legislation will provide comprehensive tax relief for millions of Americans. » Read More
December 11, 2017
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This article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner on December 11, 2017
Discoveries beyond the solar system are exciting, so long as the price tag remains hidden from the public view. NASA recently released a technical/cost analysis on their ambitious Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) to little fanfare. WFRIST, designed to provide a high-resolution mapping of the universe and explore planets outside our solar system (exoplanets), had its cost originally pegged at $3.2 billion. Now, the cost is expected to be around $4 billion due to the planned “technological demonstration” of expensive coronagraph equipment. And $4 billion may be low considering the inevitable cost overruns with any government project.
December 8, 2017
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On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of American taxpayers, we urge you to reject the unnecessary, overly broad relief recommended by the International Trade Commission in Inv. No. TA-201-76 – a safeguard investigation initiated by Whirlpool pertaining to the import of large residential washers. We urge you to carefully consider the effects of any relief that would harm American job creation, American economic growth, and investment in America. Whirlpool’s attempt to stifle U.S. competition and U.S. consumer choice by effectively prohibiting imports of washers and restricting access to parts is directly contrary to your job-creation agenda and the good work done by local leaders in South Carolina and Tennessee to attract investment by state-of-the-art manufacturers.
December 6, 2017
This article originally appeared on Townhall.com on December 5, 2017
It’s not healthy to dwell on the past. But, for the taxpayers across the country, it is important to learn from past mistakes. The continued problems with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aka Stimulus Plan, is a good lesson as to what not to do. The nearly trillion-dollar spending package, passed on a party-line vote in 2009, was supposed to rocket the economy out of the recession. » Read More
December 2, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance congratulates the Senate for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Saturday morning in a 51-49 vote. This is an important step in lowering taxes for all Americans and making America more competitive globally. » Read More
November 30, 2017
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges the Senate to vote YES for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Comprehensive tax reform is a necessity to push our economy forward. We must seize this critical opportunity to provide tax cuts for the middle class and bring American jobs back from overseas. » Read More
November 17, 2017
TPA President David Williams applauded the reform package, saying, "Leader McConnell, Chairman Hatch, and all members of Senate Finance Committee are working tirelessly to ensure that this package delivers tax cuts for all Americans. We are encouraged that this tax plan provides for a clearer tax code that taxpayers can finally understand. With our current tax code containing 2.4 million words, families and businesses are forced to spend considerable time and money in complying with the code’s intricacies.” » Read More
November 15, 2017
The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges all members of the House of Representatives to vote for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. H.R. 1 is an important step in overhauling the tax code. More than 31 years have passed since the last time comprehensive tax reform was passed. Since then, the tax code has ballooned to more than 2 million words and businesses have left the United States in search of lower taxes overseas. » Read More
November 2, 2017
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” presented this morning by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-8). TPA President David Williams praised the reform package, saying, "We are encouraged that this plan will simplify the tax code, boost small businesses, and create a fair playing field for the middle-class. The tax plan presented provides the framework for individual tax reform, with a reduction in tax brackets from seven to four. The plan also simplifies the tax code, which already contains 2.4 million words. To put that into perspective, the novel War and Peace has 587,000 words. ”
October 31, 2017
It’s Halloween night, and someone- or something- knocks on the door. Is it a poltergeist coming to inflict torment, or a kid dressed in a not-yet-retro “Ken Bone” sweater costume? The kids smile and bid adieu, as the bowl filled with reduced-sugar Twizzlers and Hershey nuggets slowly empties. But regardless of how many kids live in the neighborhood or the hour of the night, the fearful prospect of Uncle Sam stretching out his hand to trick taxpayers is ever-present. » Read More
October 24, 2017
This articled appeared in Inside Sources on October 17, 2017.
In a rare victory for consumers and taxpayers, Cook County, Illinois, lawmakers repealed a 2-month-old tax on sweet drinks this month. The cent-per-ounce tax, a lightning rod of controversy during its brief existence, has already found an army of supporters urging reimplementation. But, despite defenders’ claims that the law was a sound way of filling coffers and curbing obesity, such taxes do little for waistlines or public finances. » Read More
October 18, 2017
As the Senate gears up to vote on the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget resolution Thursday afternoon, billions of dollars in spending across the federal government lie on the line. The Senate’s budget resolution takes a $5.1 trillion bite at the federal budget over the next decade, with annual cuts exceeding $100 billion by 2027. Assuming that the economy chugs along at an average pace of 2.6 percent a year for the next decade, the submitted budget will balance over a ten-year timeframe.» Read More
October 12, 2017
This is the first of a two-part series on public policy in the Republic of Georgia. On Friday, Taxpayers Protection Alliance policy analyst Ross Marchand will address the International Black Sea University in Tbilisi on economic reform in Georgia and the United States.
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When comparing the United States to the small Asian nation of Georgia, it's easy to dwell on the differences. At first glance, the former Soviet republic bears little in common with America, both in culture and politics. But Georgians' enthusiastic embrace of free-market principles and responsible governing offers many parallels and lessons for lawmakers in Washington, DC. While left-leaning politicians and talking heads lovingly long for the "Swedish model," taxpayers and consumers would be best served by the Georgian model.
October 6, 2017
This article appeared in The Daily Caller on September 29, 2017
Congress sits on the verge of comprehensive tax reform for the first time since 1986. Individuals and businesses of all sizes will likely find plenty to like in the bracket consolidations and rate reductions in forthcoming legislation. Absent all of the excited chatter about full expensing and low pass-through rates is a sober discussion of the problems facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Taxpayers and policy wonks can’t be blamed for ignoring one of the least-popular federal agencies in the United States. But given the vital role that the IRS plays in realizing any changes to the tax law, lawmakers must ensure that the agency is well equipped to deal with a completely reformatted code.» Read More
September 28, 2017
September 26 through October 1 is Tax Reform Week for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). Leading up to, and after our press conference with the National Taxpayers Union this morning at 10:15 am at the House Triangle (media advisory here), TPA will be highlighting the need for comprehensive tax reform. Our third and final installment outlines the importance of comprehensive tax reform.
The tax code is a complete and utter mess. Individual tax reform is an absolute necessity. The tax code is more than 4 million words, hopelessly stacking the deck against individuals trying to comply with the code. The Taxpayer Advocate Service estimates that taxpayers spend more than 6 billion hours complying with the Tax Code. In estimating the value of that time, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) calculates that an astounding $262 billion is lost to tax compliance each year. In the absence of comprehensive tax reform, that figure will only increase year after year.» Read More
September 6, 2017
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This piece was published in the Spectator on August 31, 2017.
If you build it, they will come, but will they have a place to park? That’s the conundrum now facing the future Las Vegas Raiders as they figure out the logistics of their new home, Las Vegas Stadium. A study released in June shows the stadium site at the corner of Russell Road and Dean Martin Drive can fit just 2,400 parking spots within the planned site footprint. That’s just 15 percent of the 16,250 parking spaces required by Clark County code for a facility that will seat 65,000 people.
September 5, 2017
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This piece was published in the Spectator on August 30, 2017.
It’s a nondescript location on this 114-degree June day, but in mere months construction should begin on the new home for the National Football League’s (NFL) Raiders. This will be the world’s most costly stadium, built heavily on the backs of taxpayers. As with many taxes for stadium support, tourists will largely pay the costs for the Las Vegas Stadium. The Nevada Legislature passed a lodging tax increase quickly in a 2016 special session to raise the revenue for the public subsidy when the NFL came calling.
September 1, 2017
Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted to President Trump’s speech on tax reform delivered on August 30, 2017 in Springfield, Missouri. President Trump’s plan, to overhaul our nation’s tax code through lowering individual and corporate rates while simplifying the tax code, should lay the groundwork for immediate Congressional tax reform efforts. President Trump's bold commitment to overhauling our nation's tax system stands to benefit all Americans. » Read More
August 30, 2017
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This piece was published in the Hill on August 22, 2017.
Congress has arrived at a decisive moment. Following months of legislative turbulence and indecision, the healthcare debate is subsiding, opening a critical opportunity to address tax reform. For Congress, this is a test of dedication to all taxpayers. The question is whether they will allow petty differences and harsh words to dominate the process again or if they will inspire voters by demonstrating unity and vision.
August 8, 2017
It is no surprise that the decision to raise taxes on cigarettes is backfiring spectacularly. Illegal cigarettes are now robbing taxpayers of an estimated $40 billion in tax revenue each year. Time and time again lawmakers turn to taxing soda and tobacco as lucrative revenue opportunities. But, budgeting problems stem from not spending money effectively or profligate spending rather than not having enough money. Budgetary solutions shouldn’t come from tax increases, they should come from fiscal discipline. In addition to lost revenue, another consequence of raising tobacco taxes is the increase in illicit trade of tobacco that fuels criminal enterprises. » Read More