Andrew Wilford is a policy analyst with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to tax policy research and education at all levels of government.
May 16, 2022
Crypto Plunge Exposes the Folly of Taxing Unrealized Gains
In recent years, progressives have been pushing harder for taxation of unrealized gains, either through wealth taxes or “mark-to-market” taxation. Though there are...
May 9, 2022
Democrats Embrace One of Elizabeth Warren's Worst Ideas
At a recent Center for American Progress event, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced that there were 50 Democratic senators and the President on board with an idea for tax...
May 2, 2022
Elon Musk's Twitter Acquisition Exposes Warped Ways of Billionaire's Tax
As you may have heard, the richest man in the world recently acquired Twitter for $44 billion. A few politicians, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have...
Apr 25, 2022
An Abusive IRS Was Just Handed a Decisive Defeat In Court
With Tax Day having come and gone, you’ve (hopefully) finished filing and paying your taxes. Well, maybe it’ll take away a bit of the sting of doing so to learn that the...
Apr 18, 2022
We Still Have No Clue How ProPublica Got Confidential Tax Records
It’s been over ten months since investigative outlet ProPublica began reporting on a trove of tax records that it never should have had access to in the first place. Since...
Apr 12, 2022
The IRS Is Led By a Commissioner With His Head In the Sand
This has been a tax filing season to forget (not that taxpayers are ever particularly eager to remember them). Given that, with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Chuck...
Apr 4, 2022
Let's Not Allow California To Set National Policy
The concept of federalism should be fairly straightforward: states regulate within their own borders, and the federal government handles interstate issues. But while most states have...
Mar 30, 2022
Oil 'Windfall' Tax Would Do Nothing for High Gasoline Prices
It’s never fun to be the party in power at a time of economic trouble. Unfortunately, progressive leaders in Congress have responded to the financial challenges Americans are...
Mar 22, 2022
Sen. Warren's Merger Prohibitions Would Hurt Workers and Consumers
Self-proclaimed policy wonk Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has a plan for everything — just don’t count on those plans helping anyone except politicians and bureaucrats....
Mar 14, 2022
Congress Must Rein In California's Out-of-State Tax Grabs
I’ve written many times about the direct consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which allowed states to impose sales tax obligations on...
Mar 7, 2022
Congress Should Stop Using the SPR To Hide Its Irresponsibility
As the Western world continues to act to cut off Russia’s ability to sell oil and gas in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, there is recognition of the fact that this will...
Feb 28, 2022
Conservatives Seeking Government to Fix 'Big Tech' Will Only Get Government
For decades, conservatives have vigorously defended the so-called “consumer welfare standard,” which states that the government should only take antitrust action in the...
Feb 21, 2022
The IRS Still Can't Get the Basics Right. Don't Add To Its Authority
All taxpayers are dealing with a disastrous filing season this year, with the IRS backed up on processing millions of returns and refunds from last year and communication from the...
Feb 14, 2022
Treasury Oversteps With States and Unemployment Insurance
When Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in March of last year, a key point of contention was the provision of hundreds of billions of dollars in additional aid to...
Feb 7, 2022
The National Debt Reaches Another Dubious Milestone
The national debt just hit $30 trillion. Unfortunately, when the numbers we’re presented with get to a certain point, our eyes tend to glaze over. After all, one trillion is...
Jan 31, 2022
The IRS Is Bad at Processing Returns, and Also at Protecting Privacy
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a backlog of tax returns numbering in the millions and the agency can barely be bothered to answer taxpayer calls. Unfortunately, its failures...
Jan 25, 2022
On the Eve of Filing Season, the IRS Is Worse Than Ever
With a new year comes new opportunities — including the opportunity to once again fork over your money to the IRS. While that’s never a pleasant experience, for taxpayers...
Jan 17, 2022
On the Matter of Inflation, Elizabeth Warren Blames...Kroger's
In the wake of the release of the latest Consumer Price Index data showing an untenable seven percent year-over-year inflation rate, self-proclaimed “policy...
Jan 10, 2022
Taxpayers Expecting a Big Refund Could Be In For a Nasty Surprise
To paraphrase Ben Franklin, the only certainties in life are the passage of time and taxes. In that spirit, a new year means the approach of a new Tax Day. As much of a hassle as...
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