About the National Taxpayers Union Foundation
National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) is a nonpartisan research and educational organization that shows Americans how taxes, government spending, and regulations affect them. When it recognized the need to help taxpayers be more effective partners in the policymaking process, our 501(c)(4) affiliate National Taxpayers Union founded NTUF in 1978 as the Taxpayers Foundation. We were officially re-christened under our current name in 1987.
In 2017, NTUF produced crucial research that guided policymakers as they overhauled the federal tax code for the first time in decades. As a long-standing leader in responsible tax administration, we also have a long history of looking at how our tax system should function, not just what it should raise. Our annual Tax Complexity report highlights the increasing time investment burden on and cost to taxpayers as they comply with the tax code each year.
Beyond the tax side of the ledger, we thoroughly examine budget proposals from Congress and the White House and identify opportunities for spending restraint. As a watchdog for the powerful Congressional Budget Office’s processes, scoring, and transparency, our Taxpayers’ Budget Office (TBO) project seeks to expose the true budgetary impact of legislation in Congress.
At the state level, our Interstate Commerce Initiative confronts one of the most important and underreported issues facing advocates of limited government today: states abusing their power to tax and regulate outside their borders.
NTUF’s distinct projects cut through the hype, empower citizens to engage in the critical fiscal policy debates of our time, and hold elected officials accountable at every level of government.
NTUF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.