Taxes directly affect Americans by compelling them to surrender part of their income to the government, and indirectly since the taxing power can positively or negatively affect economic growth.
In the U.S., our tax regimes are in serious need for reform, both at the state and federal level. Our tax code fails to sufficiently incentivize investment, the primary driver of economic growth. And it hobbles U.S. companies as they compete internationally.
IPI believes that the purpose of taxes is to raise the revenue necessary to fund the legitimate functions of government while imposing the least possible impact upon the functioning of the economy. We therefore believe that taxes should be simple, transparent, neutral, territorial and competitive.
Because of its tremendous potential to stimulate real long-term economic growth, tax reform should be a top priority of policymakers.
Should Conservatives Vote to Give Tax Collectors MORE Power?
The Marketplace Fairness Act grants huge new taxing powers to state government, so why would any conservative support it?
Never Let a Good 'Scandal' Go to Waste as Conservatives Push Their Agenda
With at least three Obama administration scandals swirling in Washington, and perhaps more on the way, a number of opportunities “to do the things … you didn’t think were possible” have emerged—like moving a conservative agenda.
Trust the IRS With Your Personal Information?
With a large, powerful, intrusive government, your freedom is only as secure as the virtue of whatever mid-level functionary whose path you are so unfortunate as to cross.
MO. Senators Lead In Throwing Out Constitution?
A contentious and complex bill, the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, is being rammed through the U.S. Senate so that a variety of important constitutional questions and concerns can be ignored. Aiding and abetting in such public policy malpractice? Both senators from Missouri, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill.
Roy Blunt's Lead In Throwing Out The U.S. Constitution?
The so-called Market Place Fairness Act is being rammed through the U.S. Senate, intentionally bypassing the regular order, proceeding to a full Senate debate without any committee hearing or mark-up, so that a variety of important constitutional questions and concerns can be ignored.
States Beg Congress to Regulate Their Tax Systems
Having the federal government mandate nationwide online sales tax collection could be the next step in undermining our legacy of constitutional federalism.
Should Texans Be Taxed at the 'Margin'?
The margin tax was supposed to solve the state’s tax problems; it hasn’t.
Don't Let the IRS Prepare Your Taxes
Giving the IRS the power to prepare our taxes for us is not a solution—it will open the door to abuse, overpayment of taxes and would further erode financial privacy.
Internet sales tax again on agenda
While Rep. Steve Womack takes another crack at legislation that would help states collect taxes on Internet sales, IPI's Bartlett Cleland warns the measure would hurt businesses. Cleland says businesses will shoulder the burden of increased audits and additional tax payments that should be collected by states "who can't figure out how to clean up their own messes internally" and collect the tax from customers.
Obama to Seniors: It's Time for You to Pay
Seniors strongly supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election over President Barack Obama, and now Obama attempts to get his revenge in his most recent budget proposal with cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tax hikes for estates and 401(k)s.
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