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  • Phil Gramm’s Excellent Tax Reform Game Plan Has Just One Flaw

    The momentum for tax reform continues to build. Adding to it is former Senator Phil Gramm (R–TX), who wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal laying out a tax reform “game plan” for Congress to follow. Gramm pretty much nails the most important things tax reform must accomplish to … More

    Deficient GAO Report Hurts Tax Reform Efforts

    There is broad consensus that corporate tax reform is necessary to unleash business investment that the currently uncompetitive system prevents. Regrettably, some will use a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the effective tax rates paid by U.S. businesses to slow the growing momentum for reform. The … More

    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore: Internet Sales Tax Hurts Small Businesses

    The misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), commonly called the Internet sales tax, recently passed the Senate and awaits action in the House. If it becomes law, it would force online retailers to collect sales taxes from residents in states in which the businesses have no attachment. It would overturn the … More

    Baucus–Hatch “Blank Slate” Tax Reform a Positive Step but Too Narrowly Focused

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) and Ranking Member Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) recently proposed a “blank-slate” approach to tax reform. This new effort helps strengthen the growing momentum for tax reform, but it is too narrow to result in the fundamental reform to the tax code … More

    Internet Sales Tax Coalition “Fact Check” Needs Checking

    On Tuesday, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition, a group supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), released a “fact check” memo identifying no fewer than seven “myths” put forward by The Heritage Foundation concerning Internet sales taxes. As it turns out, none are myths at all. Here is our own fact check … More

    Pro-Internet-Tax Groups Get the Facts Wrong

    A letter from a small group of four pro-Internet-tax advocacy groups sent to Members of Congress yesterday claims that The Heritage Foundation is wrong on the policy and the facts regarding the issue of Internet sales taxes. Their assertion falls short. There are several fatal problems with the bill, which … More

    Tax Reform: Ways and Means Committee Takes Another Step

    The House Ways and Means Committee took another necessary step toward tax reform with a report requested from and issued through the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). The report is a thorough reference guide for tax reform. The JCT should be commended for its impressive work. It is an important … More

    Senate Passes Marketplace Fairness Act: Real Battle to Be in the House

    Last night the Senate passed the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), popularly known as the Internet sales tax, by a 69–27 margin. The troubling bill will now move over to the House. The bill would grant states the authority to force online retailers (with online sales over $1 million per … More

    It’s Tax Freedom Day: Finally We Get to Work for Ourselves!

    April 18 marks the 108th day of 2013. It is also Tax Freedom Day, as calculated by the Tax Foundation. Tax Freedom Day is the day that we as a nation have finally earned enough income to pay the tab for all federal, state, and local taxes for the year. … More

    Morning Bell: Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

    Americans are waking up today to the worst “case of the Mondays” they’ll have all year: It’s Tax Day. Most Americans dread Tax Day, and for good reasons. Beyond the huge tab Americans pay to the government, the tax code is so complex that it’s difficult to figure out what … More