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88 Conservative Groups Urge Passage of Pro-Growth Tax Reform in 2017

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 5:00 AM PERMALINK

Congress must pass pro-growth tax reform in 2017, a coalition of 88 conservative groups and activists led by Americans for Tax Reform and Americans for Prosperity today wrote in a letter to leaders in the White House, House, and Senate. 

As the letter notes, the tax code today serves well-connected special interests, rather than hard working American families. Americans are frustrated with this rigged system, and it is imperative that lawmakers ensure that comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform is signed into law this year. 

The full letter can be found here and is below: 

Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin, Director Cohn, Chairman Hatch, and Chairman Brady: 

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to urge passage of comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform in 2017.

In the past 30 years, the tax code has expanded in size and complexity. Today, the code serves well-connected special interests, not hard working American families. After many years of inaction, Congress and the administration have a chance to fix our broken tax system this year by making it fairer, simpler, and less burdensome.

There is broad consensus on the need for tax reform. With the 2018 midterm elections in sight, it is also crucial that bold policies keeping the promises made to the American people are realized soon.

Numerous polls have shown widespread public support for tax reform that lowers rates for all and reforms the code based on the principles of simplicity, fairness, and equity. Americans are frustrated with the rigged system that favors the politically connected and lobbyists at the expense of ordinary Americans.

It is key that tax reform reduce rates for Americans across the board, drastically simplifies the code for families and individuals, ends the Death Tax, unrigs the system to promote a healthy economy, and implements a territorial system of taxation so businesses large and small can compete.

2017 represents an important opportunity to provide financial security to hardworking taxpayers by signing tax reform into law. We applaud the work that each of you have already taken to ensure tax reform is enacted in 2017 and stand ready to continue working with you in the second half of the year.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Christine Harbin
Vice President of External Affairs, Americans for Prosperity

James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Dan Greenberg
President, Advance Arkansas Institute

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director, American Conservative Union

Steve Pociask
President, American Consumer Institute

Tim Doyle
Vice President of Policy & General Counsel, American Council for Capital Formation

Sean Noble
President, American Encore

Lisa B. Nelson
CEO, American Legislative Exchange Council

Ashley N. Varner
Executive Director, ALEC Action

Mark J. Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, Inc.

Kevin Waterman
Chair, Annapolis Center Right Coalition Meeting (Maryland)

Scot Mussi
President, Arizona Free Enterprise Club

Dan Weber
President, Association of Mature American Citizens

Lindsay Boyd
Policy Director, Beacon Center of Tennessee

Robert Alt
President and CEO, The Buckeye Institute (Ohio)

Garrett Ballengee
Executive Director, Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Public Policy

Bob Carlstrom
President, The Carlstrom Group

Steve Buckstein
Founder, Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon)

Kent Lassman
President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Jeffrey Mazella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

Andrew F. Quinlan
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Peter Nelson
Vice President, Center of the American Experiment (Minnesota)

Chip Faulkner
Associate Director, Citizens for Limited Taxation (Massachusetts)

Chuck Muth
President, Citizen Outreach (Nevada)

Ralph Benko
Conservative Columnist

Matthew Kandrach
President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Thomas Schatz
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Edward King
President, Defense Priorities Initiative

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director, Digital Liberty

Craig Richardson
President, E&E Action

Robert Roper
President, Ethan Allen Institute (Vermont)

Timothy Head
Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition

Palmer Schoening
President, Family Business Coalition

Richard Watson
Chairman, Florida Center Right Coalition

Annette Meeks
CEO, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Nathan Nascimento
Vice President of Policy, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

Adam Brandon
President, FreedomWorks

David Barnes
Policy Director, Generation Opportunity

Kelly McCutchen
President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Rodolfo E. Milani
Trustee, HACER (Hispanic American Center for Economic Research)

Joseph Bast
CEO, The Heartland Institute

Mario H. Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association

Wayne Hoffman
President, Idaho Freedom Foundation

Jon Caldara
President, Independence Institute (Colorado)

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO, Independent Women's Voice

Tom Giovanetti
President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Sal J. Nuzzo
Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute (Florida)

Kory Swanson
President & CEO, John Locke Foundation (North Carolina)

Dave Trabert
President, Kansas Policy Institute

Nancy Misasi
President, Lakeland Tea Party of Greater Wanaque Area (New Jersey)

John Tomicki
Executive Director, League of American Families

Seton Motley
President, Less Government

Colin A. Hanna
President, Let Freedom Ring

Daniel Garza
Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative     

Brett Healy
President, The MacIver Institute (Wisconsin)

Michael LaFaive
Senior Director of Fiscal Policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Michigan)

Carl Copeland
Executive Director, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Mary Adams
Chair, Maine Center-right Coalition Meeting

Pem & Ruth Schaeffer
Maine Conservative Activists

Tom Davis
Maine Conservative Activist

Victoria Bucklin
Maine Conservative Activist

Henry Kriegel
President, Montanans for Tax Reform

Tim Jones
Former Speaker, Missouri House of Representatives
State Chair, Missouri Center-Right Coalition

Harry C. Alford
President/CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce

Brandon Arnold
Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

The Honorable William O'Brien
Former Speaker, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Co-chair, New Hampshire Center Right Coalition

Grant Malloy
Chair, Orlando Florida Center Right

Jonathan Small
President, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Jeff Kropf
Executive Director, Oregon Capitol Watch

Daniel J. Erspamer
CEO, Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Louisiana)

Lorenzo Montanari
Executive Director, Property Rights Alliance

Don Racheter
President, Public Interest Institute (Iowa)

Charlie Gerow
President, Quantum Communications (Pennsylvania)

Eli Lehrer
President, R Street Institute

Paul Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

Mike Stenhouse
CEO, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Bill Whipple
President & Director, Secure America’s Future Economy (SAFE)

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Phillips
President, Tea Party Nation

Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder & CEO, Tea Party Patriots

Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Mike Thompson
Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (Virginia)

Carl Bearden
Executive Director, United for Missouri

Jonathan Downing
CEO, Wyoming Liberty Group

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19 Conservative Groups Support Rep. Roskam’s Free File Bill

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Friday, September 8th, 2017, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

In a letter to Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), 19 conservative groups including ATR urged support for H.R. 3641, the Free File Permanency Act.

As the letter notes, the Free File tax preparation program guarantees that millions of taxpayers across the country have access to quality, free, and efficient online tax preparation and electronic filing services. It should be made permanent so that taxpayers continue to get this relief. 

The full letter can be found here and is below.

September 8, 2017

The Honorable Peter Roskam

United States House of Representatives

2246 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Roskam:

On behalf of the undersigned conservative, free market organizations we write in support of H.R. 3641, the “Free File Permanency Act of 2017.”

By making the Free File tax preparation program permanent, this legislation guarantees that millions of taxpayers across the country will continue to have access to quality, free, and efficient online tax preparation and electronic filing services.

Since its inception in 2008, Free File – which was created as a public-private partnership between software companies and the IRS – has served more than 50 million taxpayers and saved $1.3 billion in preparation costs.

Today, the tax code is more than 75,000 pages long and contains more than 2.4 million words. This complexity forces American families and businesses to spend more than 8.9 billion hours and $400 billion complying with the code every year. Against this complexity, it is difficult or impossible for most taxpayers to file a tax return without assistance.

For many individuals and families, Free File is the solution to navigating tax complexity. The program offers roughly 70 percent of taxpayer’s access to electronic filing software provided by leading private companies free of charge. In 2016, any taxpayer with less than $64,000 in adjusted gross income qualified for the program. 

The IRS estimates that electronically filing tax returns through the Free File program saves the federal government approximately $13 Million each year. In addition, the program ensures that taxpayers are protected with the right to privacy and access to strict cybersecurity measures to prevent fraud.

Free File is a proven success in addressing tax complexity, and it is a vastly superior alternative to government controlled tax preparation, such as the system proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in S. 912, the misnamed Tax Filing Simplification  Act of 2017.

Giving the federal government control over tax preparation would be a disaster. This would involve giving the IRS more taxpayer dollars and new responsibilities at a time when the agency already struggles to complete existing responsibilities and has misused finite resources on numerous occasions.

Government-run tax preparation would also represent a conflict of interest and could undermine the rights of taxpayers. Under a system of government-run tax preparation, the IRS would have an incentive to overcharge or withhold information from taxpayers, while few taxpayers would know whether they were paying the correct amount of taxes.

Given the success of the Free File program and the failure of the IRS to manage its own responsibilities, the best path forward should be making Free File permanent. Since its inception, Free File has been a proven success story in helping American families comply with the absurdly complex tax code. As such, we urge all members of Congress to support your important legislation.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Daniel Schnieder
Executive Director, American Conservative Union

Dan Weber
CEO, Association of Mature American Citizens

Norm Singleton
President, Campaign for Liberty

Bob Carlstrom
President, The Carlstrom Group

Jeffrey Mazzella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

Tom Schatz
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director, Digital Liberty

George Landrith
President, Frontiers of Freedom

Andrew Langer

President, Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti
President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Seton Motley
President, Less Government

Colin Hanna
President, Let Freedom Ring

Charles Sauer
President, Market Institute

Pete Sepp
President, National Taxpayers Union

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Berin Szoka
President, Tech Freedom

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Stabilize Insurance Markets Through Across-The-Board Relief from Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Friday, September 1st, 2017, 2:00 PM PERMALINK

Eight governors from across the country led by Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado have released a number of proposals to stabilize healthcare insurance markets. Among the proposals, these governors suggest exempting counties with only one insurer from Obamacare’s health insurance tax.

While the governors are right to call for relieving Americans from the health insurance tax, they should not exempt a select few from this tax. Instead, Congress should ensure that everyone is protected from the higher costs that are being driven by the health insurance tax.

Roughly one-third of counties nationwide have just one insurer operating on Obamacare’s marketplaces, as the law’s costly mandates and regulations have increased costs. Next year, it is estimated that this number could increase to nearly half of the counties in the country.

The health insurance tax is set to go into effect at the end of the year, and will total $14.3 billion in higher taxes in 2018.  Clearly, this will contribute to the lack of coverage options. However, many Americans are shouldering the negative impacts of the health insurance tax, and relief should not be assigned on a case by case basis. 

Across the country, the health insurance tax hits 11 million households that purchase health care through the individual insurance market. This tax also hits 23 million households covered through their employers, and 1.7 million small businesses. Half of this tax is paid by those earning less than $50,000 a year. According to research by the American Action Forum, this tax is responsible for increasing premiums by an average of $5,000 per family over a decade.

According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the health insurance tax has cost an estimated 286,000 small business jobs and $33 billion in lost sales.

Congress’ failure thus far to repeal Obamacare taxes – including the tax on Americans facing high medical bills, taxes on health savings accounts, a tax on prescription medicines, and the tax for failing to buy health insurance—has already been devastating to American families, seniors, and businesses.

The last thing taxpayers need is another Obamacare tax to go into effect, and 36 conservative groups and activists recently told lawmakers that they must act so to prevent the health insurance tax from harming Americans. However, this relief should be offered to all, not a select few. 

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Congress Should Delay Imminent Healthcare Taxes, Then Repeal All Obamacare Taxes

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Monday, August 14th, 2017, 3:58 PM PERMALINK

Following the failure to pass conservative healthcare reform that included repeal of key parts of Obamacare, Congressional Republicans have said they will now pursue smaller reforms aimed at reducing costs and stablizing the markets.

While the debate will likely focus on the size and scope of regulations and subsidies, lawmakers should also push to repeal Obamacare’s many burdensome taxes. The effort to reduce the Obamacare tax burden on families and businesses should be divided into two steps. 

In the short-term, Congress must quickly act to ensure that the health insurance tax and medical device tax are delayed. Failing to act will mean both taxes go into effect at the end of 2018, which will cause costs to skyrocket even higher.

Over the long-term, lawmakers must repeal Obamacare’s trillion dollars in new or higher taxes. These taxes have increased healthcare costs, restricted access to care, and harmed economic growth.

Since its inception, Obamacare has imposed numerous taxes on the American people including a tax for failing to purchase government approved health insurance, a tax on innovative medicines, multiple taxes on Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts, and even a tax on families with high medical bills.

All of these taxes impact the middle class – either directly hitting families’ paychecks or by increasing the cost of healthcare goods and services. On the other hand, repealing these taxes will reduce the federal government’s control over healthcare and return power to caregivers and patients.

While all Obamacare taxes should be repealed, lawmakers must also act quickly to ensure that they do not allow a tax hike to go into effect under their watch. If they fail to act, the medical device tax and health insurance tax will become law on January 1, 2018, resulting in higher premiums and higher costs for middle class families, seniors, and small businesses.

The Obamacare health insurance tax hits 11 million households that purchase through the individual insurance market and 23 million households covered through their jobs. Half of this tax is paid by those earning less than $50,000 a year and it is responsible for increasing premiums by an average of $5,000 per family over a decade according to research by the American Action Forum.

The health insurance tax also hits 1.7 million small businesses, costing an estimated 286,000 small business jobs and $33 billion in lost sales.

The $30 billion medical device tax is similarly harmful to businesses. It could cost as many as 25,000 lost jobs by 2021 if it is not delayed, and because it is levied as an excise tax on medical devices, the costs of this tax are almost entirely passed onto consumers in the form of higher products, as noted by the Congressional Research Service.

Obamacare’s taxes have already driven costs up, reduced choice, and needlessly punished American families with higher taxes. The last thing that taxpayers need or deserve is even more damaging Obamacare taxes to go into effect.

Instead, Congress should work on healthcare reform that is focused on lower costs that includes repeal of Obamacare taxes– first by ensuring that the health insurance tax and medical device tax do not go into effect, and then working to repeal all trillion dollars of the law’s taxes. 

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36 Conservative Groups and Activists: Congress Must Stop New Obamacare Taxes


Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 8:00 AM PERMALINK

Lawmakers must act to prevent Obamacare taxes from going into effect next year, 36 conservative groups and activists wrote in a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Absent Congressional action, the Obamacare health insurance tax and medical device tax will both go into effect in 2018. As the coalition notes, this would be unacceptable and would harm taxpayers across the country:

"Unless Congress acts soon, both tax increases will go into effect on January 1, 2018, leading to higher premiums and higher costs for middle class families, seniors, and small businesses."

Specifically both taxes directly harm middle class families and small businesses. For example, half of the Obamacare health insurance tax is paid by those earning less than $50,000 a year and it increases premiums by as much as $5,000 per family. Similarly, it is estimated the medical device tax could lead to more than 25,000 lost jobs by 2021.

As such it is imperative that Congress stops these taxes from going into effect next year as soon as possible. 

The full letter can be found here and is below:

August 10, 2017

The Honorable Paul D. Ryan
Speaker, United States House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader, United States Senate
S-230, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Speaker Ryan & Leader McConnell:

We write to urge you to prevent Obamacare’s tax on Americans’ health insurance and the medical device tax from going into effect in 2018. Unless Congress acts soon, both tax increases will go into effect on January 1, 2018, leading to higher premiums and higher costs for middle class families, seniors, and small businesses.

Ideally, both the health insurance tax and medical device tax should be repealed permanently, as should all one trillion dollars of Obamacare taxes. However, given the recent collapse of healthcare reform legislation, lawmakers should act to delay these two taxes so they do not hit taxpayers in 2018.

Allowing the health insurance tax to go into effect in 2018 will directly hurt middle and low-income families. Half of the tax is paid by those earning less than $50,000 a year and it will increase premiums by $5,000 per family over the next decade according to research by the American Action Forum.

In total, the tax hits 11 million households that purchase through the individual insurance market and 23 million households covered through their jobs. Next year alone, the tax will total $14.3 billion. Over a decade, these taxpayers will pay roughly $150 billion more if the tax is not repealed.

The health insurance tax is also devastating to small businesses. It is estimated to directly impact as many as 1.7 million small businesses. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the tax could cost up to 286,000 in new jobs and cost small businesses $33 billion in lost sales by 2023.

The 2.3 percent medical device tax is also harmful to small businesses. There are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S., 80 percent of which have fewer than 50 employees.  The industry contributes $150 billion annually to the economy.  The tax impairs the industry’s ability to innovate, invest, and create jobs.

If Congress allows it to go into effect in 2018, the medical device tax could lead to more than 25,000 lost jobs by 2021. Over the next decade, this excise tax is projected to increase taxes by $30 billion.

Small businesses account for half of all jobs in the U.S. and two-thirds of new jobs in recent decades, so the health insurance tax and medical device tax mean businesses are able to spend less on new workers, higher wages, or new equipment.

Absent full repeal, Congress must use the remaining months of the year to delay the health insurance tax and medical device tax so they do not go into effect in 2018 and increase taxes.

Congress’ failure thus far to repeal Obamacare taxes – including the tax on Americans facing high medical bills, taxes on health savings accounts, a tax on prescription medicines,and the tax for failing to buy health insurance—have already been devastating to American families, seniors, and businesses.

As you continue working to repeal these taxes, the last thing taxpayers need is even more taxes to go into effect.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Leigh Hixon
Senior Director of Policy Relations, Alabama Policy Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
CEO, American Legislative Exchange Council

Ashley N. Varner
Executive Director, ALEC Action

Dan Weber
President, Association of Mature American Citizens

Norm Singleton
President, Campaign for Liberty

Jeff Mazzella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

Chuck Muth
President, Citizen Outreach (Nevada)

Chip Faulkner
Executive Director, Citizens for Limited Taxation Massachusetts

Tom Schatz
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director, Digital Liberty

Richard Watson
Chairman, Florida Center Right Coalition

Annette Meeks
CEO, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Adam Brandon
President, FreedomWorks

Grace-Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute

Kelly McCutchen
President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Carrie L. Lukas
President, Independent Women's Forum

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO, Independent Women's Voice

Jenna A. Robinson, Ph.D.
President, The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Sal J. Nuzzo
Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute (Florida)

Stephen Waguespack
President and CEO, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Mary Adams
Chair, Maine Center-Right Coalition

Pem & Ruth Schaeffer
Maine Conservative Activists

The Honorable Kurt Zellers
Chair, Minnesota Center-Right Coalition

Henry Kriegel
President, Montanans for Tax Reform

Pete Sepp
President, National Taxpayers Union

The Honorable William O'Brien
Former Speaker, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Co-chair, New Hampshire Center Right Coalition

The Honorable Stephen Stepanek
Former Chairman, Hew Hampshire House Ways & Means Committee
Co-chair, New Hampshire Center Right Coalition

Jack Boyle
Chairman, Northeast Ohio Center-Right Coalition

Jeff Kropf
Executive Director, Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation

Charlie Gerow
CEO, Quantum Communications (Pennsylvania)

Mike Stenhouse
CEO, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Paul J. Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

Dr. Deane Waldman
Director, Center for Health Care Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

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Now That Repeal Has Failed, Congress Must Stop Imminent Obamacare Taxes

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 5:39 PM PERMALINK

While Republican lawmakers promised repeal of Obamacare – including repeal of the one trillion dollars in new or higher taxes – it remains unclear when, or if this will be achieved. The Senate failed to pass legislation last month, and lawmakers have said they will move on to tax reform in the second half of the year.

Even as Congress and the administration pivots away from healthcare, there remains some issues that must be addressed this year, like ensuring that the Obamacare health insurance tax and medical device tax do not go into effect.

Absent full repeal, Congress must use the remaining months of the year to delay the health insurance tax and medical device tax so they do not go into effect in 2018 and increase taxes. American families, seniors, and businesses have already been hurt by the failure to repeal Obamacare’s taxes. The last thing taxpayers need is even more taxes to go into effect.

If the health insurance tax is allowed to go into effect in 2018, it will directly hurt middle and low-income families. In total, the tax hits 11 million households that purchase through the individual insurance market, and 23 million households covered through their jobs. Next year alone, the tax will total $14.3 billion, and over a decade the tax totals roughly $150 billion in higher taxes.

Half of the tax is paid by those earning less than $50,000 a year and it will increase premiums by $5,000 per family over the next decade according to research by the American Action Forum.

Not only does it harm American families, the health insurance tax is devastating to small businesses. As many as 1.7 million small businesses would be directly impacted  and the tax could cost up to 286,000 in new jobs and small $33 billion in lost sales by 2023, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

While it is imposed on a narrower base of taxpayers, the 2.3 percent medical device tax is similarly harmful to small businesses. Medical device makers contribute $150 billion to the U.S. economy, and many are small businesses. Of the over 6,500 medical device companies in America, 80 percent have fewer than 50 employees.

If Congress fails to prevent this tax increase from going into effect, it could lead to more than 25,000 lost jobs by 2021. Over the next decade, this excise tax is projected to increase taxes by $30 billion.

Small businesses account for half of all jobs in the US and two-thirds of new jobs in recent decades, so the health insurance tax and medical device tax mean businesses across the country can spend less on investing in new equipment, hiring new workers, or providing higher wages.

Unless Congress acts, both tax increases will go into effect on January 1, 2018, leading to higher premiums and higher costs for middle class families, seniors, and small businesses.

Conservatives campaigned on lower taxes. The last thing that voters expect is for a tax increase to go into effect under the watch of GOP lawmakers. 

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Senate Healthcare Bill Should Repeal Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 8:51 AM PERMALINK

As the U.S. Senate continues to move through the process of passing healthcare reform, recent media reports have suggested lawmakers will move forward with a “skinny repeal” bill that contains a limited number of reforms.

Should the Senate go down this path, it is crucial that they include repeal of Obamacare’s health insurance tax.

Repeal of the Obamacare health insurance tax is critical because it is set to go into effect in 2018. If this is allowed to happen, middle class families and small businesses will be hurt with another tax increase. Ideally, the tax should be fully repealed, but if lawmakers are unable to agree on this, they should at least delay the date at which the health insurance tax is set to go into effect.

If the Senate fails to delay this tax, it will total $14.3 billion next year. Over the next decade, the health insurance tax totals $145 billion.

Repeal means strong tax relief for middle and low-income families. According to the American Action Forum, the tax increases premiums by as much as $5,000 over a decade. In total, the tax hits 11 million households that purchase through the individual insurance market, and 23 million households covered through their jobs. Roughly half of the tax is paid by those earning less than $50,000 a year.

In addition, the tax is devastating to small businesses. It is estimated to directly impact as many as 1.7 million small businesses. The National Federation of Independent Business estimates the tax could cost up to 286,000 in new jobs and cost small businesses $33 billion in lost sales by 2023.

Small businesses account for half of all jobs in the US and two-thirds of new jobs in recent decades, so this tax will mean businesses across the country can spend less on investing in new equipment, hiring new workers, or providing higher wages.

The last thing taxpayers need is for the health insurance tax to go into effect, even for one year. Lawmakers must make sure this does not happen and repeal, or at the very least delay the Obamacare health insurance tax.

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KEY VOTE: ATR Urges “YES” Vote on Motion to Proceed to Obamacare Repeal

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Monday, July 24th, 2017, 10:00 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform WILL RATE a vote on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628 a pro-taxpayer vote

ATR urges a YES vote

Later this week, Senators will have the opportunity to fulfill their promise to the American people and repeal Obamacare by voting yes on the motion to proceed to the House passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). ATR urges a "yes" vote on the motion to proceed to AHCA.

When it was signed into law, Obamacare imposed one trillion dollars in higher taxes on the American people. These taxes directly harm middle class families and small businesses across the country.

“Abolishing Obamacare ends a collection of roughly 20 taxes and that reduces total taxes on all Americans by one trillion dollars over a decade,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Every step towards ending all, most or some of those taxes is helpful to taxpayers and other living things. A no vote on proceeding closes the door on tax reduction as well as reforming health care by expanding Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts.”

By voting “yes” on the motion to proceed, Senators have an opportunity to repeal the following taxes:

-Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.

-Obamacare’s Employer Mandate Tax.

-Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts.

-Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans.

-Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses.

-Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax.

-Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services.

-Obamacare’s health insurance tax.

-Obamacare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax on capital gains.

-Obamacare’s 0.9 percent Medicare Payroll tax.

-Obamacare’s medical device tax.

-Obamacare’s tax on prescription medicine.

-Obamacare’s tax on retiree prescription drug coverage.

-Obamacare’s “Cadillac tax” on employer provided health insurance.

 

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ATR Statement in Support of House FY 2018 Budget Resolution

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 7:00 AM PERMALINK

ATR President Grover Norquist released the following statement following the release of House’s FY 2018 Budget Resolution:

“The House budget is the vehicle for lawmakers to pass generational pro-growth tax reform. Congress should move forward to pass tax reform based on the principles outlined by President Trump. The House budget also lays out an aggressive plan to eliminate spending, rein in the deficit, and reduce taxes now and in the long-term.”

[To View ATR's Letter of Support for the FY 18 Budget Propsosal Click Here]

Highlights of the FY 18 Budget Proposal:

-The proposals balance the budget in ten years.

-The budget achieves $6.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.

-The budget calls for reducing government-wide improper payments of $700 billion.

-The budget also calls for more than $200 billion in spending reduction through reforms to mandatory spending.

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Senate Should Pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Friday, June 30th, 2017, 2:00 PM PERMALINK

Passage of the Senate Health Bill is A Conservative Win [link]

- Obamacare suppressed individual choice, competition, and state flexibility, and imposed a long list of taxes on businesses and families.

- The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) will replace the failing system with a sustainable, patient-centered health care system, just as Republicans promised in the last election.

-  The bill repeals a total of $700 billion dollars in Obamacare taxes that raise the cost of care, restrict choice, and hurt economic growth.

- The BCRA strengthens tax-preferred Health Savings Accounts, so that families are better able to save for health care expenses.

- The bill allows states to implement health care systems that work for families in the real world. No longer will we have a one size fits all system dreamed up by bureaucrats in Washington and policed by the IRS.

- The BCRA enacts long overdue entitlement reform that reins in out of control spending while ensuring the truly needy are protected.

The Senate Plan to Abolish Obamacare Taxes Is Good for the Middle Class [link]

-  The narrative from the media has been that this bill is a giant tax cut for “the rich.” This narrative is false.

- Obamacare imposed a long list of taxes that directly hit middle class families.

- Many of these taxes have been used to enforce the Obamacare vision of bigger government, more regulations and rules, and fewer choices.

- Former President Obama promised he would not raise any form of tax on any American making less than $250,000 a year. But he shattered the promise when he signed Obamacare into law.

The Senate Bill Reforms Medicaid in A Fiscally Responsible Way [link]

- Under the reforms in the BCRA, Medicaid will continue to grow. No one is kicked off the program, and no one loses their federal Medicaid eligibility.

- The Senate bill ensures that Medicaid does not grow faster than the economy by tying the program to inflation.

- These Medicaid reforms were originally proposed by the Clinton Administration.

 The Senate Bill Repeals Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax [link]

- Repeal of this tax provides relief to the 30 – 35 million Americans with a Flexible Spending Account and the 20 million Americans with a Health Savings Account.

- Under this tax, Americans are forbidden from using HSAs and FSAs to purchase over the counter medicines such as cold, cough, and flu medicines, aspirin, and allergy medicines.

- This is a $5.6 billion tax cut.

The Senate Bill Also Repeals Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax [link]

- Before Obamacare, Americans facing high out of pocket medical expenses were allowed an income tax deduction to the extent that those expenses exceeded 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI).

- Obamacare now imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI.

- The Obamacare Chronic Care Tax hits at least 10 million American households making an average of $53,000.

- This is a $36 billion tax cut.

The Senate Bill Should Keep Repeal of the 3.8 Percent Net Investment Income Tax [link]

- This tax is a known job-killer. It would be a bad idea to leave this tax in the code for a second longer than necessary. The faster we get the capital gains tax down, the faster we’ll get further growth and investment.

- 47 conservative groups support repeal of the 3.8 percent NIIT.

- Capital gains taxes have a significant negative impact on capital formation, productivity, and economic growth while raising little or even negative revenue.

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