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Chicago Over-Taxing Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, Xbox Live and Other Online and Streaming Services? Not So Fast!

by Clark Packard / /

In June, the city of Chicago's Finance Department issued an administrative ruling that applied the city's 9 percent "Amusement Tax" to streaming video (Netflix, e.g.), gaming (Xbox Live, e.g.), and audio (Spotify, e.g.). The tax applies to anyone subscrib
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Can Congress Be Tempted by this Low-Hanging Legislative Fruit?

by Nan Swift / /

For the fifth year in a row, National Taxpayers Union is pleased to offer for consideration 10 "no-brainer" bills - commonsense, bipartisan legislation that would in some way create a change for the better. Faced with a fall calendar packed with potential
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Top of To-Do List for Returning Congress: Curb IRS’ Email Snooping Power

by Pete Sepp / /

Think you've read everything about IRS email scandals? Here's one that needs to make more headlines in coming days … and it's not about Lois Lerner. It is, instead, about legislation designed to clarify the limits of the tax agency's powers to pry
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Are Plastic Bags Bad for the Environment?

by Clark Packard / /

Writing in the October issue of Reason Magazine, Katherine Mangu-Ward makes the case that the environmental problems believed to be associated with plastic grocery bags are overblown. The lengthy article details the history of the science behind plastic b
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GAO Identifies 82 Federal Low-Income Programs

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an overview of the 82 different federal programs it counted (including six "refundable" tax credits that you can receive even if you don't have any income tax liability) targeting low-income individu
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With Fond Remembrance: David M. Stanley

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With Fond Remembrance and Profound Gratitude:David M. Stanley, Chairman of NTU and NTUF1928-2015
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An Appreciation: Whitney Ball

by Pete Sepp / /

She wasn't an elected office holder seeking the media limelight, or an academic toiling over the minutiae of some public policy issue. Yet, Whitney Ball had a more powerful and positive impact for the cause of limited government than many of personalities
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NTU: AFL-CIO Wrong About Currency Manipulation

by Clark Packard / /

Earlier this week, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) sent a letter to Members of Congress stating that "any completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) must include rules against currency manipulation &ndash
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$15 Minimum Wage Threatens American Economic Prosperity

by Allyson Clawson / /

With the recent debate on minimum wages, left wing groups aren't backing down anytime soon. San Francisco and Seattle have both raised their minimum wages to $15 an hour, beginning a debate about the impact of a drastically higher minimum wage on the nati
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