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NTU Endorses H.R. 1087, "The Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act of 2015"

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On behalf of the members of National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write to express our support for H.R. 1087, the “Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act of 2015.” This legislation would require that a transactional nexus exist between a buyer and seller in order for a state government to compel the seller to collect taxes.


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NTU urges Washington State Legislators to oppose tobacco tax hikes

by Brandon Arnold / /

On behalf of National Taxpayers Union's members in Washington, I urge you to oppose Senate Bill 5808, which would raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Although supporters of this tax hike claim that high cigarette taxes are good public po
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Fast Tracked Gas Tax Increase Slows Iowa Taxpayers at the Pumps

by Timothy Howland / /

A swift blow was dealt to taxpayers in Iowa yesterday as Governor Branstad signed a bill in to law to hike gas and diesel taxes by 10 cents a gallon. The increase resulting from Senate File 257 equates to a more than 45% boost in a single year, making Io
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Puerto Rico’s VAT: A Path Forward?

by Dan Barrett / /

The reasons for why Puerto Rico got into its debt mess are many but all is not lost yet. One proposal by local politicians may be able to right the sinking ship, thereby saving residents and all U.S. taxpayers some serious headache. However, what would th
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Puerto Rican Debt Primer: Causes and Solutions

by Dan Barrett / /

Because of over-spending and relying on a possible federal bailout, Puerto Rico is saddled with over $70 billion and recently was denied restructuring rights under Chapter 9 bankruptcy rules. Bondholders, who expect to receive returns on their investments
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NTU Endorses S. 431, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act

by Brandon Arnold / /

On behalf of the members of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I would like to extend our enthusiastic support for S. 431, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act. This critically important bill would permanently ban taxes on Internet access. With the curre
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OECD Pushes Redistribution In New Report

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

In December, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth, which postulates that redistributive tax policies are necessary to ensure long-term ec
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Is Your State's Tax System "Fair"?

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranks each state's tax system according to how "fair" it is -- but what does that mean, and how is it measured?
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NTU writes in support of H.R. 27, the “Tax Code Termination Act.”

by Nan Swift / /

Dear Representative Goodlatte: On behalf of the members of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write in strong support of H.R. 27, your "Tax Code Termination Act." By requiring a "sunset" date for the current Internal Revenue Code, your bill would p
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Vermont Abandons Single-Payer Healthcare Plan

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday that his state will not pursue a single-payer healthcare plan amidst higher-than-expected costs. The plan would have called for a payroll tax of nearly 12 percent as well as higher personal income taxe
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