If environmental protection is the goal, a much better policy to reduce the use of plastic straws would be to tax them. What Is With America’s Straw Obsession?
Local governments considering the imposition of taxes on certain foods and sweetened beverage should take a long look at the tax disaster in Philadelphia. It’s been more than two years since Philadelphia began imposing a massive tax on sweetened beverages, and the bad news just keeps rolling in. Court documents now reveal that one of […]
Attacks on consumer sovereignty are underway all across the country as politicians attempt to micromanage consumers’ dietary decisions through the tax code. One measure in particular has been adopted by a growing number of localities. So-called “sugar taxes” impose punitive costs on consumers purchasing sweetened beverages like soda, iced tea, and energy drinks. Imposing an […]
If you considered having a bottle of soda pop while grilling this Memorial Day Holiday, It’s time to take pause. In January 2017, Philadelphia became one of the first localities in the country to impose a specific tax on sweetened beverages. Imposing an onerous tax on a particular category of food or beverage constitutes an […]
ACI’s Alan Daley and Steve Pociask wrote a piece on the Prince George’s County cellular phone service tax proposal. If these end-user taxes are enacted, it will make the county the second highest cell tax jurisdiction in the country at a whopping 26%. To read the piece, visit The Gazette.
Pennsylvania Consumers love their smartphones and the associated applications that deliver better access to health care, delightful entertainment, informative news and communications with our family and our friends. Perhaps most revered are the work-related applications that improve productivity and well-being. The future is bright – the growing sophistication of applications will further tighten consumers’ reliance […]
Former Governor Ed Rendell doesn’t want the oil price decrease wasted on consumers. He wants a quick hike in the federal gas tax to capture those funds before consumers get used to paying less and using the money to pay family bills or out-of-pocket medical deductibles. It is insulting to pretend that consumers are too […]
A coalition of 42 companies, primarily independent nonprofit think tanks, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for passage of a permanent Internet tax moratorium. Failure for Congress to act in the next 60 days will lead to increased taxes for Internet consumers. To read or print the letter, click here.
Earlier last month, the House Judiciary Committee sent the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act out of committee by a bipartisan vote of 30-4. Next, it will hopefully move out to the House floor for a full vote. The Act is an attempt to make permanent a ban on any taxation of the Internet or data […]
Our cellular and smartphones are something we now take for granted everyday, a service that was only for the uber-rich 25 years ago. Now, cellular phones are almost a necessity of life, with parents even outfitting their children with their own smartphones and even the most Luddite Americans probably have a cellular phone. And nowadays, […]