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ATR Does Not Support Murphy-Corker Gas Tax Plan

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 2:13 PM PERMALINK


ATR has not endorsed any legislation dealing with the present highway bill in the House or Senate.

ATR does not endorse the outline of a proposal by Senators Murphy and Corker today. 

The tax increases in that proposal are certain and permanent, and there is a vague and uncertain discussion of offsetting tax reductions.

ATR has been clear that the problem with the highway trust fund and the present gas tax is that the Davis-Bacon Act drives up the cost of construction by 25 percent or more and much of the gas tax money paid by drivers of cars and trucks is siphoned off to pay for mass transit.

The highway trust fund does not have an under-taxing problem.  It has an overspending problem. There is no good reason to raise the gas tax.

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Grover Norquist to Appear on Bloomberg's Political Capital


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 4:56 PM PERMALINK


This weekend, tune in to watch Grover Norquist’s interview with Al Hunt on Bloomberg’s Political Capital show.

Topics include Obamacare, the CR and debt-ceiling showdown, and the 2016 presidential race.

Bloomberg congressional correspondent Heidi Przybyla has a preview of the interview here. She writes:

“They’ve been delaying whole sections of it [Obamacare], again and again and again,” Norquist, president of Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform, said on Bloomberg Television’s ‘Political Capital with Al Hunt’ airing this weekend. “It’s going to be increasingly difficult for the White House’ not to delay the entire law.”

 

Air times:

Friday: 9:00 pm                        

Saturday: 12:00 am, 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 9:00 pm                   

Sun: 12:00 am, 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm        

All times Eastern.

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"Free speech isn't always free.It gets downright cumbersome when Durbin has you on his enemies list"


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, August 16th, 2013, 10:56 AM PERMALINK


"If only thinly coded letters from senators with as much clout as Durbin were that benign. Because it would be more than wrong for a U.S. senator to use the power of his high federal office as a cudgel against his enemies." -- Chicago Tribune editorial: "Durbin's Enemies List"

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Repeal Coalition: Delay 2014 Obamacare Provisions


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, August 12th, 2013, 4:23 PM PERMALINK


On August 7, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. It started out with 19 signatures and now is up to 39 signers. Below is the full text of the letter followed by the updated list of signatories:

With the clock ticking to open enrollment on October 1, it is abundantly clear to members of the Repeal Coalition that the structure at the heart of PPACA is simply not ready. To help the American people avoid getting hit by what Senator Max Baucus memorably referred to as “a huge train wreck coming down,” we the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House.

1. Mandates. The president has already delayed the mandate for the biggest corporations unilaterally, although his legal authority to do so is questionable. Congress should lift the legal cloud on that delay and extend the same relief to individuals and small businesses by delaying the individual mandate. It is wrong to force people to participate in a system that is simply not ready.

2. Subsidies. Without a complete, workable verification system to protect taxpayers it would be reckless to allow tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to flow in subsidies. And there is a real risk that navigators, in their zeal to enroll people, will accidentally or even intentionally induce people to accept subsidies for which they do not qualify, risking steep IRS fines and audits. The money should not flow when the law’s verification provisions are not ready to be enforced.

3. Taxes. The American people should not be forced to pay higher taxes for a system that isn’t ready.

Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s state exchange, has repeatedly said: “I wish we had one more year.” With the train wreck coming, millions of Americans feel the same way. We therefore urge you to insist on a one-year delay and we will strongly support all efforts to include one on any long-term continuing resolution, extenders package, or other negotiated budget deal this fall.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist -- Americans for Tax Reform
Phil Kerpen -- American Commitment
Heather Higgins -- Independent Women’s Voice
James Capretta -- Ethics and Public Policy Center
Grace Marie Turner -- Galen Institute
Brandon Arnold -- National Taxpayers Union
Tom Schatz -- Citizens Against Government Waste
Jim Martin -- 60 Plus Association
Avik Roy -- National Review
Colin Hanna -- Let Freedom Ring
Gregory T. Angelo -- Log Cabin Republicans
Ken Hoagland -- Restore America’s Voice
Penny Nance -- Concerned Women for America
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Andrew Langer -- Institute for Liberty
Betsy McCaughey -- author, Beating Obamacare
David Williams -- Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Lanhee Chen -- Hoover Institution
Peter Ferrara -- National Center for Policy Analysis
Chuck Muth -- Citizen Outreach
Brian Baker -- Ending Spending
Mario H. Lopez -- Hispanic Leadership Fund
George Landrith -- Frontiers of Freedom
Peter J. Thomas -- The Conservative Caucus
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Eric Novack -- Health Freedom Coalition
Amy Kremer -- Tea Party Express
Krista Kafer -- Colorado's Future Project
Kerri Toloczko -- Beyon Repeal
Alabama State Representative Jack William
Patrick Randy -- Alabama Christian Coalition
Marty Connors -- Alabama Center-Right Coalition
Ron Nehring -- San Diego Center-Right Coalition
Tina Pisenti -- Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon)
Jon Nigbor -- Consumer Care Corporation
Jack Boyle -- Ohio Prosperity Initiative
Darcie Johnston -- Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom
Rick Watson -- Florida Center-Right Coalition
Charlie Gerow -- Pennsylvania Center-Right Coalition

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Update: Repeal Coalition: Delay all 2014 Obamacare Provisions


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, August 8th, 2013, 4:34 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. It started out with 19 signatures and now is up to 34 signers. Below is the full text of the letter:

With the clock ticking to open enrollment on October 1, it is abundantly clear to members of the Repeal Coalition that the structure at the heart of PPACA is simply not ready. To help the American people avoid getting hit by what Senator Max Baucus memorably referred to as “a huge train wreck coming down,” we the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House.

1. Mandates. The president has already delayed the mandate for the biggest corporations unilaterally, although his legal authority to do so is questionable. Congress should lift the legal cloud on that delay and extend the same relief to individuals and small businesses by delaying the individual mandate. It is wrong to force people to participate in a system that is simply not ready.

2. Subsidies. Without a complete, workable verification system to protect taxpayers it would be reckless to allow tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to flow in subsidies. And there is a real risk that navigators, in their zeal to enroll people, will accidentally or even intentionally induce people to accept subsidies for which they do not qualify, risking steep IRS fines and audits. The money should not flow when the law’s verification provisions are not ready to be enforced.

3. Taxes. The American people should not be forced to pay higher taxes for a system that isn’t ready.

Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s state exchange, has repeatedly said: “I wish we had one more year.” With the train wreck coming, millions of Americans feel the same way. We therefore urge you to insist on a one-year delay and we will strongly support all efforts to include one on any long-term continuing resolution, extenders package, or other negotiated budget deal this fall.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist -- Americans for Tax Reform
Phil Kerpen -- American Commitment
Heather Higgins -- Independent Women’s Voice
James Capretta -- Ethics and Public Policy Center
Grace Marie Turner -- Galen Institute
Jim Martin -- 60 Plus Association
Avik Roy -- National Review
Colin Hanna -- Let Freedom Ring
Gregory T. Angelo -- Log Cabin Republicans
Ken Hoagland -- Restore America’s Voice
Penny Nance -- Concerned Women for America
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Andrew Langer -- Institute for Liberty
Betsy McCaughey -- author, Beating Obamacare
David Williams -- Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Lanhee Chen -- Hoover Institution
Peter Ferrara -- National Center for Policy Analysis
Chuck Muth -- Citizen Outreach
Brian Baker -- Ending Spending
Mario H. Lopez- Hispanic Leadership Fund
George Landrith- Frontiers of Freedom
Peter J. Thomas- The Conservative Caucus
David Wallace- Restore America’s Mission
Tom Schatz- Citizens Against Government Waste
Peter Ferrara

Alabama State Representative Jack William
Patrick Randy- Alabama Christian Coalition
Marty Connors- Alabama Center-Right Coalition
Ron Nehring- San Diego Center-Right Coalition
Tina Pisenti- Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon)
Jon Nigbor- Consumer Care Corporation
Jack Boyle- Ohio Prosperity Initiative
Darcie Johnston- Vermonters for Healthcare Freedom
Rick Watson- Florida Center- Right Coalition
Charlie Gerow- Pennsylvania Center-Right Coalition

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Repeal Coalition: Delay all 2014 Obamacare Provisions


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013, 5:00 AM PERMALINK


Today, members of the Obamacare Repeal Coalition sent the below letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell:

With the clock ticking to open enrollment on October 1, it is abundantly clear to members of the Repeal Coalition that the structure at the heart of PPACA is simply not ready. To help the American people avoid getting hit by what Senator Max Baucus memorably referred to as “a huge train wreck coming down,” we the undersigned urge you to insist on, at minimum as part of any final deal, a one-year delay of all 2014 provisions (including mandates, subsidies, and taxes) in the upcoming CR and in fiscal negotiations with the White House.

1. Mandates. The president has already delayed the mandate for the biggest corporations unilaterally, although his legal authority to do so is questionable. Congress should lift the legal cloud on that delay and extend the same relief to individuals and small businesses by delaying the individual mandate. It is wrong to force people to participate in a system that is simply not ready.

2. Subsidies. Without a complete, workable verification system to protect taxpayers it would be reckless to allow tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to flow in subsidies. And there is a real risk that navigators, in their zeal to enroll people, will accidentally or even intentionally induce people to accept subsidies for which they do not qualify, risking steep IRS fines and audits. The money should not flow when the law’s verification provisions are not ready to be enforced.

3. Taxes. The American people should not be forced to pay higher taxes for a system that isn’t ready.

Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s state exchange, has repeatedly said: “I wish we had one more year.” With the train wreck coming, millions of Americans feel the same way. We therefore urge you to insist on a one-year delay and we will strongly support all efforts to include one on any long-term continuing resolution, extenders package, or other negotiated budget deal this fall.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist -- Americans for Tax Reform
Phil Kerpen -- American Commitment
Heather Higgins -- Independent Women’s Voice
James Capretta -- Ethics and Public Policy Center
Grace Marie Turner -- Galen Institute
Jim Martin -- 60 Plus Association
Avik Roy -- National Review
Colin Hanna -- Let Freedom Ring
Gregory T. Angelo -- Log Cabin Republicans
Ken Hoagland -- Restore America’s Voice
Penny Nance -- Concerned Women for America
David Wallace -- Restore America’s Mission
Andrew Langer -- Institute for Liberty
Betsy McCaughey -- author, Beating Obamacare
David Williams -- Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Lanhee Chen -- Hoover Institution
Peter Ferrara -- National Center for Policy Analysis
Chuck Muth -- Citizen Outreach
Brian Baker -- Ending Spending

 

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Norquist Statement in Response to President Obama's Call for Tax Increases


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, 2:06 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist released the following statement in response to President Obama’s request for higher taxes:

“Every time the issue of reducing federal spending comes up, Obama responds by asking for higher taxes instead.

In August of 2011, after a long national debate, President Obama agreed to trim $2.5 trillion from his projected $47 trillion in federal spending over the next decade. Now, he is saying he wasn’t telling the truth. He wants to raise taxes instead of reducing spending.

Instead of reducing spending, President Obama offers tax increases.  Those tax increases come in the form of eliminating tax credits and deductions that will be needed help pay for fundamental tax reform that many Democrats in congress claim to support.  How will America bring her 35 percent corporate income tax rate down to the European average of 25 percent if Obama has already ‘spent’ the tax deductions and credits that are expected to be the tradeoffs for tax reform? Eliminating deductions and credits outside of revenue neutral tax reform makes difficult or impossible future tax reform that most politicians in Washington say they support.

The President needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with real spending reductions equal to or greater than the sequester. He knows that anything else is just wasting the time of the American people. He should stop voting ‘present’ and actually start being part of the solution.”
 

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Naughty And Nice List 2012


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IRS Tax Form for Obamacare Individual Mandate


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, 7:00 PM PERMALINK


As a service to the public, Americans for Tax Reform has released a projected tax form to help families and tax specialists prepare for the additional filing requirement of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate provision.

Starting in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form requires disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.  As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”.  

You may download a PDF file of the form and instructions here or view it below. 

Highlights from the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax Compliance Form:

1.  Determination of “qualifying” health insurance.  Under the Affordable Care Act,  most Americans must purchase health insurance deemed “qualified” by the Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) starting in 2014.  Failure to comply with this mandate results in a tax penalty which must be paid to the IRS. The tax penalty ranges from $695 to $2085, or more, depending on the size of a family.  The dollar amount grows over time and is tabulated on the form. Taxpayers must demonstrate that they obtained qualifying health insurance for each month of the year in order to avoid payment of this tax penalty. [See lines 12-13]

2.  Disclosure of personal identifying health information.  Every family that files a tax return (140 million households) will have to disclose whether or not they were covered by a qualifying plan, in which months they were covered, and what type of coverage they received.  Tax filers must also divulge and disclose their personal health ID number, the nature of their health insurance, and other information from their health insurance card as further IRS regulations warrant.  [See lines 3-4]

3.  Exemptions from Individual Mandate: Prisoners, Undocumented Immigrants, Welfare Recipients. The form also determines which individuals are exempt from the Individual Mandate and non-compliance taxes. Classes of individuals who are exempt from the mandate include but are not limited to: those serving sentences in the federal penitentiary system; those persons not legally able to work in the U.S.; welfare recipients; and those qualifying for an HHS-granted religious exemption.  [See lines 8-11]

4.  IRS penalties and interest on unpaid mandate taxes.  Because the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty is a tax, the IRS will be able to assess interest and non-criminal penalties on those families who will not or cannot pay the tax. The IRS will issue regular, periodic correspondence audits to these families to help them comply with their filing responsibilities.

 

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