Press Release: ACI Launches New Podcast Series

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series Policy-ish Talk hosted by Kris Pusok, ACI’s policy and research director.  Each episode of the Policy-ish Talk will treat you to an in-depth conversation with policy experts, industry leaders, and top academics to explore today’s toughest social, economic, and […]

Cities Have the Wrong Number on Cell Taxes

Cell phone taxes are putting a significant strain on the budgets of many Americans. A report published late last year by Scott Mackey at Leonine Public Affairs, LLP found that the average taxes consumers pay on wireless service increased again in 2020. While wireless costs everywhere are rising, cell taxes affect people differently in cities […]

ACI Urges Maryland’s Legislature Not To Tax Online Advertising

The following is a statement by Krisztina Pusok, Directory of Policy and Research at ACI, regarding Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax: ACI strongly urges Maryland’s legislature not to overturn Governor Hogan’s veto of HB732 (Tobacco Tax, Sales and Use Tax, and Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax). The proposed digital ad tax, while vaguely worded, would have […]

ACI Submits Comments Regarding the OECD Pillar One and Two Tax Blueprints

Dear Sir or Madam: These comments are submitted on behalf of the American Consumer Institute (ACI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization with the mission to identify, analyze, and project interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings in matters that affect consumers. ACI appreciates the opportunity to submit these […]

Morning Consult — OECD Tax Plan: Joe, Just Say No

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office and make good on his promise to reverse the Trump tax cuts, he should do everything within his power to avoid piling on with a heavy dose of new international taxes. With the United States squarely in its sights, a recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tax […]

Real Clear Policy: The OECD’s Big Cash Grab

Nearly 140 countries around the world, led by the OECD, are rewriting rules that would tax high-tech and multinational companies. The proposed rules would effectively transfer tax rights between countries, including allocating shares of taxable profits, determining which country should have tax authority, and a minimum tax rate. The current proposal is little more than an opportunistic […]

ICYMI: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

Last week, American Consumer Institute CEO and President Steve Pociask published an op-ed in Real Clear Policy, highlighting the new reforms that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has brought to the Postal Service. In less than four months, DeJoy has been able to implement meaningful reform, despite being delayed due to over-politicization and misinformation. Specifically, Pociask points […]

Silver Lining in the Postal Service’s Dismal Q3 Financials

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released their Q3 financials, posting a staggering net loss of $2.2 billion. Unsurprisingly, the USPS continues to hemorrhage funds and is not yet independently sustainable without serious intervention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, system costs have grown, as product demand has shifted. To become economically viable, it is […]

Coalition Opposes Continuing Taxpayer Funded Energy Subsidies

Today, ACI joined twenty-three other nonprofit organizations in opposition to extending production tax credits and investment tax credits that are used to subsidize solar and wind energy. The intent of the subsidies was to give initial support these “infant” industries. Now, after years of support and an established foothold for these industries, solar and wind […]

Coalition Letter Supports Efforts to Help in the Economic Recovery from COVID

ACI joined a large coalition of groups in support of the expansion of full expensing provisions in the U.S. tax code. The CREATE JOBS Act proposes to allow business investments, Research and Development, and capital expenditures in rental and commercial structures to be fully expensed, rather than depreciated. That provision will act as an bold […]