Washington Times: Congress Pushes for Tobacco Death and Taxes

Electronic cigarettes have been the single greatest advancement in tobacco harm reduction since scientists proved a link between smoking and cancer in the 1960s. While the use of electronic cigarettes is not without risk, studies have shown that they are far healthier than combustible products. Georgetown University Medical Center recently estimated that replacing combustible cigarettes […]

Inside Sources: Soda Tax Falls Flat, Again

Earlier this year, the District of Columbia Council attempted to pass a tax of $0.15 per ounce on sodas and other drinks with high sugar content. Despite a belief that the tax would “discourage residents from buying sugary drinks” and choosing healthier alternatives, early evidence suggests a tax would do little to curb consumer habits […]

The Hill: Taxing Climate Change

As environmental catastrophes, like storms and earthquakes, appear more frequent, the ability of consumers to protect themselves from significant financial losses is more paramount than ever. But as American consumers, as well as state and local governments, prepare to cope with climate change, things will soon be much more expensive for consumers, in part due to […]

E-Cigarette Taxes Keep Smokers Smoking

The Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021 (TTEA) was introduced at the end of April in both Houses of Congress by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL).Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-D-08). If passed, the bill would establish new tax rates on both e-cigarette and tobacco products potentially causing an increase in the smoking […]

Inside Sources: Proposed International Taxes Would Devastate Consumers

In January 2019, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced its intention to move negotiations forward on the development of a new global minimum corporate tax rate. Under the proposed rule, OECD members would be required to tax corporations headquartered within their borders a specific minimum rate on profits made internationally. The OECD claims a minimum corporate tax […]

OECD Agreement Would Inflict Harm on Consumers

A proposed digital global tax on large tech corporations will be an important agenda item at the next meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers scheduled to take place on April 7th. If an agreement is reached, member nations would place a new tax on large U.S. tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon […]

Town Hall: High Wireless Taxes Hurt the Poor and Innovation

High cellular taxes contribute to the digital divide between people with high and low incomes, and they slow down the rate of technological innovation. Lawmakers should be encouraging the use of these devices and not tax them. Read this opinion piece in the Town Hall.

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 […]

New International Tax Plan Will Come at the Expense of Consumers

Efforts in the last couple of years to produce a new international tax plan to deal with the growth and effects of the digital economy may soon become a potential windfall for many international governments. As countries struggle across the globe from the COVID-19 health crises and the economic turmoil, these countries find themselves needing […]

Real Clear Policy: Wireless Plans Shouldn’t Be Taxed So Hard

With the continuing dependence of Americans on their wireless providers, the high taxes imposed by the federal and state governments presents a significant burden on millions of Americans across the country and contributes to the continuation of America’s digital divide. If legislators and regulators are serious about enhancing accessibility and bridging the digital divide, they […]