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NTU Urges for Protection Against UN Tax
July 14, 2006
The Honorable James Inhofe
Dear Senator Inhofe:
On behalf of the 350,000 members of the National Taxpayers Union, I write to offer our endorsement for your legislation, the Protection Against United Nations Taxation Act (S. 3633). Your bill would help to defend against the escalating international assault on American taxpayers by partially withholding dues from international bodies - including the United Nations (UN) - unless they confirm that they are not developing or promoting any tax or fee to be levied on US citizens, businesses, or government entities. As a grassroots organization dedicated to lowering taxpayer liabilities, we find it particularly galling that Americans could be forced to subsidize the very international agencies who would add to citizens' tax bills here at home. The American people should not be forced to pay a global tax to a non-sovereign entity, and our members look forward to the swift enactment of S. 3633.
A quick glance at recent developments only underscores the growing role of the UN in promoting international revenue-raising schemes. Whether in the form of "bit taxes" on data sent over the Internet, excise taxes on airline tickets and aviation fuel, or fees on international currency transfers, the UN has been behind some of the worst plans to finance questionable development programs. Even though the UN has attempted to secure independent revenue sources for decades, it is still largely dependent on dues from individual nations - especially from the US - to underwrite its many bureaucracies. Withholding 20 percent of US dues until the President annually certifies that the UN is not crafting international tax schemes (as your bill stipulates) would send a strong economic message of "cease and desist" to would-be empire-builders seeking a global government complete with taxing powers.
Obviously, any direct global tax imposed by the UN would increase the already excessive tax burden shouldered by American citizens. With the federal government set to extract $2.4 trillion in taxes from the economy next year, American families can ill afford to pay an additional demand from an international organization that has proven itself a poor steward of tax dollars in the past.
We concur in your assessment that "the United Nations and its organizations are replete with mismanagement, waste, corruption, and inefficiency which cost American taxpayers millions of dollars each year." Passage of S. 3633 would help nip a looming problem in the bud, as de-funding those bodies concocting international tax plans now will go a long way in stopping them from being levied in the first place. The National Taxpayers Union thanks you for your leadership on this issue and strongly urges your colleagues to support this pro-taxpayer proposal. Roll call votes on S. 3633 will be heavily weighted in our annual Rating of Congress.