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.
Oct 19, 2020
The Best Way to Beat China to 5G Is To Not Be Like China
A recent announcement from the Department of Defense (DoD) should be concerning to any Americans hoping to benefit from a thriving and innovative fifth generation, or 5G,...
Oct 13, 2020
Biden's Call for a Minimum Corporate Tax Is Hazardous In Covid-Era
In response to the much-ballyhooed news reports about large corporations paying little to no taxes in a given year, Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden...
Oct 10, 2020
Donald Trump's Tax Returns Highly Unusual for the Rich
In the wake of New York Times reporting that President Donald Trump paid no income taxes in ten of the last 15 years, and little in the remaining five years, some,...
Oct 5, 2020
Biden and Trump Mistakenly Ignore the National Debt
Just a couple weeks ago, the Congressional Budget Office released data showing that the country's long-term fiscal situation is dire. In large part due to unexpected...
Sep 25, 2020
Let's Make Sure Earmarks Stay In 'the Dustbin of History'
Back in 2011, Congress took a rare positive step to rein in wasteful and politically motivated spending by ending the disgraceful practice of “earmarks.” Unfortunately,...
Sep 16, 2020
Both Candidates Support 'Buy American': Both Are Wrong
There are plenty of differences to be found between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but on one issue at least they speak with one voice. Of course, on that one issue — so-called...
Sep 9, 2020
The CBO Vivifies the Costly Nature of the Covid-19 Response
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the federal, nonpartisan budgetary scorekeeper, recently released its updated budget outlook, and it paints a dreary picture of the...
Aug 31, 2020
Bernie Sanders's Dangerous Wealth Tax Distortions
Accurate and representative data is always a necessary ingredient for good tax policy proposals — after all, it’s hard to prescribe a treatment when you don’t have...
Aug 24, 2020
Election Concerns Aside, Post Office Badly Needs Reform
The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent expected spike in mail-in voting in the 2020 election have made the question of a bailout for the Postal Service (USPS) a much more...
Aug 17, 2020
State Budget Struggles Beget Bad Policy Ideas
Early on in the pandemic, I wrote a policy brief for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation warning of the danger of tax hikes and otherwise inadvisable tax policies...
Aug 12, 2020
Sen. Schumer Seeks a Tax Cut For the Rich Over Common Good
National crises such as this one should be a time for all Americans to band together and work for the good of the country as a whole. Unfortunately, Senate Minority Leader Chuck...
Jul 31, 2020
Extraneous Spending Undermines Phase Four of the GOP Proposal
The Senate Republican Phase Four legislation, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act includes many positive proposals. In its legislative...
Jul 24, 2020
The Senate's Draft Phase Four Proposal Is a Mixed Bag
As Congress gears up for Phase Four of coronavirus relief, it must continue to navigate an almost wholly unprecedented situation. Earlier this week, a leaked summary of a...
Jul 20, 2020
Seattle Quietly Continues to Contemplate Taxing Employment
As a quote from Spongebob goes: “How many times do we have to teach you this lesson, old man!” The last time the Seattle City Council attempted to push through...
Jul 14, 2020
Taxing Digital Advertising Is a Bad Idea...So Is Taxing Traditional Advertising
Sometimes, all it takes to open the floodgates for bad tax policies is a small budget hole, and the deficits that many states and localities are facing are far from tiny....
Jul 7, 2020
There's Still Time for Steven Mnuchin to Delay the Tax Deadline
Come July 15, millions of American individuals and businesses will be expected to pay taxes originally due April 15, plus second quarter taxes for those that file quarterly. That...
Jun 25, 2020
The Wrong and Right Ways to Pursue Recovery from the Pandemic
When it comes to a once-in-a-century pandemic and the recession caused by lockdown efforts, not all policy responses are created equal. And unfortunately, while some good ideas have...
Jun 15, 2020
Jobs Report Confirms Relief, Not Stimulus, As the Proper Response
By any measure, the May jobs report is excellent news. Despite Wall Street estimates that it would show a nearly 20 percent unemployment rate and more than 8 million more...
Jun 4, 2020
Digital Taxes Combine Bad Policy With Fatal Legal Flaws
Even before the pandemic accelerated the process, the digitization of the economy was well underway. This trend has not gone unnoticed by revenue-needy budget planners in other...
May 28, 2020
A Covid Silver Lining: Weeding Out Harmful Regulations
In order to combat the pandemic that has left tens of thousands of Americans dead and millions more out of work, many government agencies have suspended regulations and restrictions...
May 21, 2020
Misguided Journalists Mistake CARES As Tax Relief for the Rich
Shortly after the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, some reporters seized on a provision that harmonized tax treatment of net operating...
May 12, 2020
California's Mugging of Uber and Lyft Is Anti-Innovation
Last year, California passed the disastrous Assembly Bill 5 (A.B. 5), which sought to force gig economy workers into antiquated full-time employment regulations. The bill has led to...
May 5, 2020
Treasury Should Push Its Tax-Filing Deadline Past July 15th
One part of the executive branch that deserves plaudits for its handling of a fluid and unprecedented situation is the Treasury Department. Since the onset of the coronavirus...
Apr 27, 2020
The Dangerous Tax Implication of 'Tele-Working'
Even before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, telework was growing, with nearly 15 percent of Americans primarily working remotely. The pandemic has put an exclamation...
Apr 21, 2020
Times Up For States' Authority to Tax the Internet
As millions of Americans continue to shift their work, social, and private lives online as a result of the coronavirus, internet access has become more essential than ever....
Apr 13, 2020
Watch Out for a Post-Coronavirus Wealth Tax Resurgence
With the exit of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from the Democratic primary, some have concluded that debates over wealth taxes are likely to fade in the ensuing general...
Apr 6, 2020
Never Fear, Nancy Pelosi Is Here to Save Blue State Lefties
The most optimistic, Aaron Sorkin-esque view of American politics would hope that politicians would be willing to set aside petty ideological squabbles in a time of crisis. Fresh...
Apr 1, 2020
Unscrupulous Tax Bureaucrats Could Harass Those Working from Home
A major aspect of “social distancing” as a response to the novel coronavirus has been encouraging businesses to adopt telework policies for their employees for extended...
Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus Bills Shouldn't Be Elizabeth Warren Wish Lists
As Congress and the Administration continue to debate policy responses to the challenges Americans face because of the novel coronavirus, some participants in the conversation have...
Mar 16, 2020
Delayed Tax Filing: A Cost Effective Way to Avert Slowdowns
As the country continues to grapple with the spread of COVID-19, federal policymakers continue to debate methods of responding to the secondary economic effects of the outbreak. Not...
Mar 10, 2020
State Governments Erect Barriers to Pandemic Fixes
Democratic candidates continue debate massive overhauls of the American health care system like a public option or single-payer health care as COVID-19, popularly known as...
Mar 4, 2020
No Bernie, Your Wealth Tax Will Not Pay for Free Childcare
Since unveiling his plan for a wealth tax, or a tax on the net worth of wealthy Americans, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been using the plan like an irresponsible teenager with a...
Feb 24, 2020
Arizona Rightly Pushes Back on California's Privacy Aggression
Over the past few years, no state has been more aggressive in pushing constitutional limits on its authority than California, most recently with its attempt to make national law on...
Feb 18, 2020
One of the Most Crucial Aspects of Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Is In Danger of Expiring
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the signature conservative legislative achievement of the 21st century. Not only did 80 percent of taxpayers receive a significant tax cut, but...
Feb 14, 2020
Nothing Moderate About Biden When It Comes to Taxes
In the Democratic primary, everyone has to claim a lane. But we shouldn't let Joe Biden claim the centrist one, at least not on taxes.
Feb 10, 2020
House Democrats Mislead Taxpayers On Corporate Taxes
On February 11, the House Ways & Means Committee is set to hold a hearing pillorying the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for its corporate income tax changes, titled “The...
Feb 4, 2020
The Tax Refund 'Disaster' of 2019 That Quite Simply Wasn't
Everyone’s favorite time of year, tax filing season, has officially begun (cue the kazoos!), which means it’s not long before many Americans will start receiving their...
Jan 27, 2020
France Is Backing Down From Its Digital Tax, States Should Do the Same
France has agreed to back down from its so-called “digital tax,” in which it would apply a three percent tax on revenue earned by large (mostly American) companies in the...
Jan 24, 2020
South Carolina Overreaches In Its Attempt to Grab More Amazon Dollars
South Carolina is currently engaged in a legal battle with Amazon over the scope of a tax deal made back in 2011. However, this squabble between a state and an industry giant could...
Jan 8, 2020
Bad Tax Policy Ideas to Watch Out For In the Coming Decade
Most New Year’s resolutions focus on improving an aspect of their lives that is lacking, but sometimes preserving the good things can be just as valuable. The end of the 2010s...
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