It’s a simple, powerful idea: Let people keep more of their own money, and they’ll put it to work in thousands of ways, boosting the economy and setting the stage for long-term growth. Goldwater’s policy research shows how broad, low taxes can drive long-term prosperity.
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States don’t have to wait for Congress to act on pro-growth tax reformPosted on February 20, 2014 | Type: Blog
As 2013 drew to an end, so too did a number of key federal income tax provisions. Many of them were related to lightening the tax burden on businesses, and the ripple effects of these expirations could have real consequences throughout the country.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATE LAWMAKERS WILL TAKE AIM AT SPECIAL DISTRICT LOOPHOLESPosted on January 09, 2014 | Type: Press Release
Local Government Taxation on the Rise, as Special Districts Circumvent Spending Limits
Out of Sight: How Special Taxing Districts Circumvent Spending Limits and Decrease Accountability in GovernmentPosted on January 09, 2014 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Special taxing districts are all the rage. They are now the fastest growing form of government, even though they often operate out of sight and out of mind for most voters and taxpayers. These often unnoticed local governments have the power to tax and spend like municipalities and are set up to provide a specific service. They have contributed heavily to the overall growth of local government spending and debt loads, all while operating virtually behind the scenes and at a lower standard of accountability than traditional local governments. Many taxpayers don’t even realize they are paying taxes to these government-like entities. The number of special districts has grown rapidly because special districts are not subject to many of the spending and debt limits municipal governments face. This has encouraged local governments to circumvent those limits by creating more special districts. Statistical analysis of states and cities across the nation shows that the share of local spending attributable to special districts correlates strongly with more overall per capita local government spending.
Who’s Next on the IRS’s List?Posted on May 21, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
In upholding the federal health care law’s individual mandate as a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts reiterated Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ promise that “[t]he power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.” With the IRS’ recent targeted investigations of tea parties, balanced budget advocates, and constitutional study groups across the nation, the Chief Justice may soon have the opportunity to keep his promise.
We Can Make Tax Day Less PainfulPosted on April 16, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Now that April 15th has passed, we’re left with the reminder of how aggravating and expensive paying the income tax can be. For many of us, it’s not a joyous memory.