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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 economic growth.
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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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Boehner Saves Families $360 Each as Holiday Shopping Season Begins

by Nan Swift / /

Because it came late in the day on the eve of a federal holiday, it might have been easy to miss the news that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just saved Christmas - joining the cadre of holiday heroes like Rudolph, the Grinch, and yes, even a dog. The
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“Free Software” Comes at a High Price for Everyone

by Nan Swift / /

Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act have tried to argue that compliance with legislation will be easy and not impose any significant cost to online retailers. As Drex Davis, a small business owner and co-founder of the eMainStreet Alliance makes cl
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We’re Paying 17 Percent in Cell Phone Taxes?!

by Lee Schalk / /

According to the Tax Foundation, taxpayers are hit with a rate of more than 17 percent in combined federal, state, and local taxes and fees on their cell phone bills. That's more than twice the average sales tax rates applied to most goods and services.
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Which Governors Made the Honor Roll?

by Lee Schalk / /

The Cato Institute just released their annual fiscal report card for America's governors.
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Research Refresher: Special NTUF Paper on the Need for Tax Reform

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Earlier this week, NTU Foundation released a study on the need for fundamental tax reform and what the alternatives to the current system is at the federal level. Check out the summary and be sure to share it with your fellow taxpayers!
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Public Pension Funds Pay Wall Street Millions

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

To make up shortfalls, public pension funds are relying more on so-called "alternative" investments, which can yield higher returns but are riskier and cost more to manage.
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