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Boehner Saves Families $360 Each as Holiday Shopping Season Begins

by Nan Swift / /

Because it came late in the day on the eve of a federal holiday, it might have been easy to miss the news that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just saved Christmas - joining the cadre of holiday heroes like Rudolph, the Grinch, and yes, even a dog. The Speaker’s Monday evening announcement that the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) won’t move forward in the House this Congress could save the average family $360 a year just in time for the holiday shopping season.


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“Free Software” Comes at a High Price for Everyone

by Nan Swift / /

Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act have tried to argue that compliance with legislation will be easy and not impose any significant cost to online retailers. As Drex Davis, a small business owner and co-founder of the eMainStreet Alliance makes cl
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We’re Paying 17 Percent in Cell Phone Taxes?!

by Lee Schalk / /

According to the Tax Foundation, taxpayers are hit with a rate of more than 17 percent in combined federal, state, and local taxes and fees on their cell phone bills. That's more than twice the average sales tax rates applied to most goods and services.
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Which Governors Made the Honor Roll?

by Lee Schalk / /

The Cato Institute just released their annual fiscal report card for America's governors.
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Research Refresher: Special NTUF Paper on the Need for Tax Reform

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Earlier this week, NTU Foundation released a study on the need for fundamental tax reform and what the alternatives to the current system is at the federal level. Check out the summary and be sure to share it with your fellow taxpayers!
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Public Pension Funds Pay Wall Street Millions

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

To make up shortfalls, public pension funds are relying more on so-called "alternative" investments, which can yield higher returns but are riskier and cost more to manage.
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NTUF Policy Paper: Tax Code is Costly, Risky

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

A new study from NTUF shows that not only does the current tax Code's complexity cost taxpayers time and money, it also puts their private information at risk. There are options to reform the system, however, and the study highlights some of them.
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Taxpayer Irvin Leroux on his Battle for Tax Justice - Speaking of Taxpayers, September 5

by Douglas Kellogg / /

We have a couple announcements, and are then joined by Irvin Leroux, a Canadian taxpayer who has been fighting arbitrary penalty judgments and working to get additional taxpayer protections acknowledged by the courts so that future taxpayers don't fac
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Linda Remeschatis, Owner of WisconsinMade - Speaking of Taxpayers, August 14

by Pete Sepp, Douglas Kellogg / /

Pete & Doug have a great discussion on the potential havoc of an Internet tax scheme like Marketplace Fairness Act with small business owner Linda Remeschatis of WisconsinMade. A final pair of interns stop by to lend insight into NTUF's work - plus, t
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