Politicians seeking to punish consumers for buying sugary drinks have seized upon a convenient scapegoat, but they have ignored principles of sound tax policy. The D.C. Council should learn the lessons of the past. You can read this op-ed by visiting The Hill.
If you’ve ever thought it’s cheaper to eat unhealthy than healthy, you’re not wrong. In 2016, Philadelphia passed a soda tax to curb sugar consumption with D.C. passing similar law earlier this month. But lawmakers should know that soda taxes don’t work, as people find ways around them and does little to promote public health. […]
Today, ACI joined 70 other organizations in opposition to the prescription drug pricing bill offered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The bill would impose excise taxes up to 95% on hundreds of prescription medicines. You can read the coalition letter online. 10-15-19 Coalition Letter Opposed to Pelosi Drug Tax Plan
Dear Members of Congress, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing taxpayer interests at the local, state, and federal level, we write to express our concern with legislative efforts to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). While we are open to solutions to address needs relating to infrastructure, we believe that placing additional financial burdens […]
Despite academic research showing e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes, lawmakers and public health “advocates” continue to wage a war on vaping, pushing for higher taxes on e-cigarettes throughout the U.S. If policymakers are serious about curbing the high economic and human cost of smoking, they should not enact high taxes on […]
The rapid growth of the e-cigarette industry has not escaped the attention of policymakers looking to capitalize on a promising source of government revenue — but advocates of higher taxes on e-cigarettes have lost sight of the bigger picture. The misguided tax proposals spreading across the country will lead to worse health outcomes and greater […]
It seems straightforward: Taxing sugary beverages makes them more expensive, reducing consumption and leading would-be soda-guzzlers to lead healthier lives. Obesity declines, as do the myriad health conditions associated with a sugar-rich diet. Success! That’s the argument being made in jurisdictions around the world — including here in the U.S. — in favor of taxes […]
A coalition of taxpayer and consumer groups is urging the U.S. Senate to reject a proposal to reimpose federal price control regulations on air travel that have long been proven to hurt consumers and drive up costs for taxpayers. The so-called “FAIR Fees Act,” which is currently part of the Senate’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]
A number of states are trying to tax out-of-state business sales. However, Congress has proposed a solution that will prevent the collection of taxes on remote sales. You can read the coalition letter here.
In most states we are accustomed to taxes on assets, but in some states, taxes on property are so punitive that they lead many taxpayers to consider relocating to a less hostile state. State income taxes may add even stronger reasons to migrate. For example, the state income tax rates imposed on long term capital […]