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  • TPA Releases Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity for 115th Congress

    Michi Iljazi on January 25, 2017


    This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a series of issue briefs for the 115th Congress titled Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity.  The publication puts forward an aggressive reform agenda for Congress. The publication focuses on 14 different policy areas where reform is needed to help reduce the size of government, cut spending, enact tax reform, and help get the economy back on track.  Issues covered in the publication include Defense Spending, Earmarks, Energy, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Mergers, Regulatory Reform, Solar Subsidies, Tax Reform, Telecommunications Policy, Trade Policy, United Nations/World Health Organization and United States Postal Service Reform. TPA President David Williams said of the release, “The newly elected Congress has No More Excuses for not acting on real and meaningful reform when it comes to reducing spending and getting the debt under control. TPA’s Roadmap to Fiscal Sanity provides a path forward.”

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  • TPA Starts New Online Polling Page!

    Michi Iljazi on January 12, 2017


    This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is beginning a new series of polls (participate here) that we’ll be doing throughout the year. It is important to hear from everyone on the issues that Washington will be tackling in the coming. Topics will range from spending, taxation, regulation, transparency, and any issue that’s important to taxpayers. The first in our series of polls will be focused on how best to grow our economy.

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  • Taxpayer New Years Resolutions for 2017

    David Williams and Michi Iljazi on January 2, 2017


    The New Year has begun, and after saying goodbye to 2016, taxpayers are ready to welcome 2017.  While many people resolve to shed a few pounds and break some bad habits, this year’s list of resolutions highlights all of the major issues that the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) will focus on throughout the year.


    The resolution for Congress in 2017 is clear: No More Excuses. Washington (including the incoming Trump administration) have no more excuses for not getting things done for taxpayers. On a wide range of issues, including tax reform and regulatory reform, members of the House and Senate can longer make excuses for not doing the necessary work to fix some of the major problems impacting taxpayers. It is time for Congress to get to work. For more on Congress, click here

    Click "Read Blog" below to see all of TPA's 2017 Resolutions!

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  • NetChoice on New Internet Sales Taxes in Tennessee

    Carl Szabo on December 21, 2016


    Below is testimony from Carl Szabo, Senior Policy Counsel with NetChoice, stating opposition to the Tennessee Department of Revenue Proposed Regulation 1320-05-01-.63; 1320-05-01-.129 – Creating a New Tax Rule. The testimony was given on December 14, 2016 and it can also be found online here.

    We ask you to reject the Department of Revenue’s Regulation 1320-05-01-.63; 1320-05-01-.129 (“Rule”) as it creates costs, burdens, and new taxes on Tennessee citizens. This Rule’s problems began with its introduction and will continue through the expected legal battles. And if the Rule were to survive constitutional challenges, it would impose new burdens on your businesses and citizens.

    Click "read blog" below to see the full tesimony

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  • TPA to Washington in 2017: No More Excuses!

    David Williams on December 17, 2016


    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is closing out 2016 with a message for Congress and the incoming Trump administration: No More Excuses!

    Over the past several years, Congress has dropped the ball in coming together on solutions to very real and solvable problems that are impacting taxpayers and businesses. Now, with the likely prospect of a Congress and White House that are seemingly aligned on some of the major issues facing the country, there is no reason that many of those problems can’t be solved over the course of 2017. Hence, no more excuses.

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  • The Lame Duck Is No Time to Cripple Internet Commerce

    Steve DelBianco on November 28, 2016


    Today is Cyber Monday, the first Monday after Thanksgiving.  People are encouraged to purchase holiday gifts online with retailers offering internet-only deals.  The first Cyber Monday was in 2005 and recorded $389 million in sales while last year's total eclipsed $2.2 billion.  This year, analysts expect $3.36 billion in sales.  Cyber Monday is also a good time to remind Congress about the dangers of passing the Marketplace Fairness Act, aka an online sales tax.  The following op-ed by Steve DelBianco of NetChoice (originally posted on November 16, 2016 in Morning Consult) is a good reminder why MFA should not be passed in a lame duck session of Congress or ever.

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  • Taxpayer-Funded UN Anti-Tobacco Convention Closes Out the Press

    Kevin Mooney on November 7, 2016


    This article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner on November 1, 2016

    Calling all media with an interest in healthcare policy, international relations and government accountability: The taxpayer-funded World Health Organization is holding a meeting in New Delhi next week that could have significant public policy ramifications. But you're not invited. Neither are members of the public who foot the bill for WHO's activities and other critical stakeholders who provide critical insight into pressing questions on the intersection of healthcare and law enforcement. So, what gives? Why such secrecy?

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  • Amendment 72: Colorado Voters Should Reject Massive Tobacco Tax Increase

    Michi Iljazi on November 2, 2016


    This article originally appeared in The Complete Colorado on October 18, 2016

    Among the many bad measures on Colorado’s November ballot is Amendment 72, which would triple Colorado’s tobacco tax, with the goal of raising over $300 million in annual revenue, create new government programs, and expand existing ones. Amendment 72 would lock that new revenue and spending in to the state constitution, outside the oversight of the General Assembly, and outside the revenue limits in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). But, a look at similar  initiatives from states around the country shows that these types of tax increases amount to little more than Fools’ Gold in generating revenue. If the amendment passes, it will not only raise tobacco taxes, it will also give state agencies a blank check to spend the money wherever they want because there are no specific areas designated for the spending. That lack of clarity should raise an alarm for any voter who cares about fiscally responsible government.

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  • TPA's Tricks and Treats for 2016

    David Williams and Michi Iljazi on October 28, 2016


    Halloween is just around the corner! Families across America will soon be ready to celebrate with candy, costumes, and fun! The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is preparing for the “scary season” in a much different way by watching what government has done to spook taxpayers this past year. You guessed it, it’s time for TPA’s annual Taxpayer Tricks and Treats! This year, there’s no shortage for taxpayers to be terrified by with wasteful spending, missed opportunities, and the frightening prospect of lawmakers returning for some last minute scares!  Not to worry, there were some treats. They weren’t easy to find, but we found some. And, we wrapped up the list with items that were tricks and treats.  ENJOY!!

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  • The UN Wants to Tax Your Soda

    Anthony McAuliffe on October 25, 2016


    Anthony McAuliffe is an associate with the Property Rights Alliance and Americans for Tax Reform. This piece originally appeared here on the ATR website.

    The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) released a report recommending that all countries levy a steep excise tax on soft drinks of at least 20 percent. The proposal represents a dangerous new precedent whereby international organizations will encroach on national sovereignty by telling nations how to tax their own citizens. The recommendations further represent a restriction of choice on global citizens, as well as an ineffective way to combat the global issue of obesity.

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  • TPA's Tricks and Treats for 2016

    David Williams and Michi Iljazi on October 24, 2016


    Halloween is almost here! Families across America will soon be ready to celebrate with candy, costumes, and fun! The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is preparing for the “scary season” in a much different way by watching what government has done to spook taxpayers this past year. You guessed it, it’s time for TPA’s annual Taxpayer Tricks and Treats! This year, there’s no shortage for taxpayers to be terrified by with wasteful spending, missed opportunities, and the frightening prospect of lawmakers returning for some last minute scares!  Not to worry, there were some treats. They weren’t easy to find, but we found some. And, we wrapped up the list with items that were tricks and treats.  ENJOY!!

    Click 'read more' below to see the 2016 Tricks and Treats!

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  • Tax Reform Turns 30 — Celebrate by Doing It All Over Again

    David Williams on October 21, 2016


    This article originally appeared in Inside Sources on October 19, 2016

    Thirty years is a long time, especially considering how much can happen in that time span. For example, the phrase “iPhone” was just poor grammar and “tweeting” was exclusively for birds. Yet, with all the changes and advancements in the world and in the United States, taxpayers are saddled with a tax code that hasn’t been overhauled since 1986. Comprehensive tax reform and bipartisanship is possible. On October 22, 1986, Congress and the White House came together in a rare display of bicameral, bipartisan cooperation to pass comprehensive tax reform. Republican President Ronald Reagan worked with a split Congress (Republican Senate and Democrat House) to accomplish the largest overhaul of the tax code in the United States. The anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 provides a perfect opportunity to make the case once again for a major overhaul of our tax system.

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  • 30 Years is Too Long to Wait For Tax Reform – Part IV: A Look Back At Tax Day 2016 and TPA's Hill Briefing

    Michi Iljazi on October 20, 2016


    In just a few days, it will be the 30th anniversary for the last time comprehensive tax reform was passed. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has used this week to highlight individual and corporate tax reform (click here and here), and new Treasury regulations and the Death Tax (click here). Today, TPA presents a look back at two videos focused on tax reform with the 2016 Tax Day "Man on the Street" video and the Hill Briefing on Tax Reform from July.

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  • 30 Years is Too Long to Wait For Tax Reform – Part II: Corporate Tax Reform

    Michi Iljazi on October 18, 2016


    This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is focusing on the 30th Anniversary of the last time comprehensive tax reform was passed.  We started the series with a look at tax reform for individuals (click here).  With a corporate tax rate exceeding 39 percent (the highest in the developed world), reforming the corporate tax code is essential to strengthening the economy and keeping businesses from leaving the United States. The high corporate tax rate is having a devastating effect on the ability of the United States to compete in a rapidly changing global economy. At nearly 40 percent, the corporate tax rate has been the highest in the developed world since April of 2012. The worldwide average is just below 23 percent.  So, not only does the U.S. hold the dubious distinction of having the highest corporate tax rate, that current rate is well above the global average making it more difficult to compete with other nations.

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  • 30 Years is Too Long to Wait For Tax Reform – Part I: Individual Taxes

    Michi Iljazi on October 17, 2016


    Saturday October 22nd marks three decades since the last time comprehensive tax reform was passed. Throughout the week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) will be using the anniversary to remind lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as the Presidential candidates, that tax reform is important and long overdue. Any serious talk about tax reform has to start with individual tax reform. The complexity of the tax code is a major issue for individuals as the tax code has increased from 409,000 words in 1955, to 2.4 million words today.  The increasing complexity costs taxpayers billions of dollars and hours each year as compliance takes up time and money. A recent analysis from the National Taxpayers Union found that the time spent on 1040 form individual filings amounted to nearly 2 billion hours, totaling $64.6 billion in lost productivity.

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  • The EU's Dangerous Quest for Tax Harmonisation Ignores That Corporation Tax Itself is Obsolete

    Alex Wild on October 3, 2016


    Alex Wild is the Reasearch Director at The TaxPayers' Alliance. This article was originally published in City A.M. on August 30, 2016

    Most governments would love to get their hands on an extra €13bn (£11.1bn) from a multinational company. But the Irish government will likely be wrangling in court for many years at what will surely be considerable expense in a somewhat unusual bid to avoid collecting tax. The European Commission has ordered what is by far the largest recovery order in EU history by deciding that Ireland gave Apple tax benefits illegal under EU state aid rules. Essentially, it has concluded that two rulings by the Irish tax authorities, in 1991 and 2007, endorsed an allocation of profits within two of Apple’s Irish subsidiaries that had “no factual or economic justification”. The Commission believes these advantages were not available to all companies in Ireland.

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  • New Treasury Rules Could Mean Windfall for Big Banks

    David Williams on September 12, 2016

    United States Treasury Department (Washington, D.C.)

    With only a few weeks left until Congress once again goes on hiatus, there is quite a laundry list of items members must tackle before September 30th. However, there is one item in the pipeline that may seem like “inside baseball” to the average taxpayer but should become a top priority for lawmakers this month, as it could have serious consequences for the U.S. economy and taxpayers Late last week, InsideSources highlighted the unintended consequences of the Treasury Department’s new proposed rules aimed at industrial corporations as part of an aggressive effort by the Obama Administration to fight international tax avoidance. While the new rules have been a point of contention for quite some time, the article published by the investigative news source actually introduces the argument that this rule could not only hurt American business, but “end up benefiting large banks on Wall Street and elsewhere in the world.”

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  • The Facts Behind CFR Tax Claims That Would Actually Hurt the U.S. Economy

    David Williams on August 31, 2016


    This month, the Council on Foreign Relations released a new report calculating the impacts of removing three standard business tax deductions from America’s oil and gas industry – or as they claim instituting “tax reform.” However, careful review of the study shows that many of the arguments are seriously flawed, especially when it comes to the characterization of these tax provisions and their actual impacts on America’s secure energy future. Here are the three facts behind some of the claims made by CFR.

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  • Back to School for Many, Back to Tax Increase Proposals in California

    Michi Iljazi on August 16, 2016


    Growth of government continues to be a problem not just at the federal level but also in many states around the country. Some of the worst growth in government is usually paid for through excise taxes on products like soda, tobacco, and alcohol. These taxes are harmful to the middle class because they never raise the projected revenue.  And, in the case of tobacco taxes, illicit activity increases when taxes are high. Proposition 56 (Prop 56), a $2 per pack cigarette tax increase in California, will be on the ballot and could be a fiscal and legal nightmare for the state.  Proponents of Prop 56 claim the new tax will help public safety and raise revenues. In reality however, it is nothing more than a $1.4 billion tax increase meant to fund more government bureaucracy and provide a bailout to specific industries while subverting existing law in the state and neglecting the real problems that Californians face.

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  • Philadelphia Creates New Taxpayer Funded Position After Creating Soda Tax

    Michi Iljazi on August 2, 2016


    Excise taxes are among the most harmful taxes imposed on lower and middle- income people.  And, unfortunately, state and local governments have a strong penchant for implementing these burdensome taxes. In addition to disproportionately affecting people, they also harm small businesses, and rarely (if ever) generate the projected revenue that many of the proponents say they will.  Knowing all of these concerns, these taxes still frequently pass in cities all across the country, including Philadelphia, Pa. where a new soda tax was passed. The new Sweetened Beverage Tax, will impose a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on more than 1,000 beverages and will go into effect on January 1, 2017. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) strongly opposed the tax as it was being debated.  TPA was part of a broad coalition that urged the city council not to adopt Mayor Kenny’s new tax. In fact, the coalition (led by Capitol Allies) sent a letter to the city council before the vote laying out all the problems that the tax would place on families all across the city of Philadelphia.

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