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Free Enterprise Is Not Free

(39) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 8:12 PM

There's been a lot of talk about what we can't afford as a nation and who is getting what "gift" or which free ride. When President Obama met with CEOs and chatted with Jamie Dimon over the weekend, we should hope he issued a stern warning that the tax avoidance...

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The Ex-Patriot Game of Hide and Seek

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 9:22 AM

The finances of the candidates for President can provide a view into their values and policies. Do they give to charity? What's their tax bill? How did they make their money? Do they have several homes? Do they have student loans?

The recurring story and questions surrounding

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The Big Fake on Repatriation

(48) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 1:25 PM

Multinational corporations are again swarming the Hill, trying to give Democrats and Republicans a reason to give tax amnesty in the form of a highly discounted tax rate of just over 5 percent to bring money back from offshore locations. They allege that this special tax holiday would enable them...

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In The Public Interest: A (Non)Taxing Issue

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 4:55 PM

The president's budget released this week follows up on several promises he made in his State of the Union a few weeks ago. The budget calls for ending some wasteful subsidies to big agriculture and the oil and gas industry, as well as improved management and IT upgrades for Defense...

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In The Public Interest : The Sounds of Silence

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 3:17 PM

The press coverage of the Fiscal Commission's Co-Chairs' proposal has focused on the great gulf between the right and left. By all accounts, Americans are getting pounded with the message that they'll pay for the government's fiscal woes - whether by tax increases or cuts to their benefits. The silence,...

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Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending

(136) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 7:05 PM

Nicole Tichon is the Tax and Budget Reform Advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group; Andrew Moylan is Director of Government Affairs for the National Taxpayers Union.

Our nation faces unprecedented fiscal challenges, as the commitments we've made now and into the future far outpace our fiscal capacity. Congress,...

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In The Public Interest: Why Do We Let Companies Abandon Ship on Taxes?

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 2:21 PM

While much of the focus of the BP oil spill has rightfully been on the families, the environment and the businesses affected, it has also allowed another example of a bad corporate actor to rise to the surface. The company that owns the Deepwater Horizon, Transocean,...

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In The Public Interest: Close the Loophole. Really.

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 1:36 PM

On Saturday Night Live, the "Weekend Update" sometimes includes a segment in which Seth Myers and Amy Poehler will report a fairly ridiculous - but true - story. And after every detail they reveal, they look at the audience and incredulously say: "Really!? Really!?"

Over the last...

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In The Public Interest: Everybody Hates Waste, Right?

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 2:05 PM

Over the last year, serious policy debates have been subject to showdowns and shouting matches. Posturing and partisanship. Scrapping bills and taking names.

But when it comes to the serious fiscal issues our country is facing, we don't have room or time for all that drama. As the

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In The Public Interest: Something for Nothing 2.0

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 7:34 AM

It seems like Tax Day has become a symbol of anti-everything. People are protesting about where the money goes or where the money is coming from, who is to credit and who is to blame.

There's also been some noise about where the money isn't coming from - the...

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In The Public Interest: A Tale of Two Tax Rates

(9) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 11:04 AM

A few years back, Warren Buffett used himself as an example of the injustice of our tax code. Buffet "was taxed at 17.7 percent on his taxable income of more than $46 million. His receptionist was taxed at about 30 percent," the Washington Post reported. And that's just...

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In The Public Interest: A Tale of Two Tax Rates

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 5:56 PM

A few years back, Warren Buffett used himself as an example of the injustice of our tax code. Buffet "was taxed at 17.7 percent on his taxable income of more than $46 million. His receptionist was taxed at about 30 percent," the Washington Post reported. And that's just...

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