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It costs lots of money to comply with federal tax law – here’s how much

Tax Day is approaching and Americans nationwide, in an effort to comply with federal tax law, lose $234 billion a year in man hours and direct expenses combined – and those figures are expected to climb even higher in the years ahead. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said that tax compliance costs taxpayers $234 billion per year in direct costs and lost productivity. "The problem is the status quo—thinking that, well, if we don't do tax reform this year it will just be that bad," Sepp said. "No, the status quo is not the static quo—it's going to get worse." "The paperwork ...

AG Sessions pulling federal funding from cities that fail to comply with federal immigration law

Amid the controversy in Maryland over the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl by two young men, one of whom is an illegal immigrant who was detained and then released, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is cracking down on cities that fail to enforce federal immigration laws by cutting off federal funding. The Daily Signal has the details: “The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with [U.S. Code 1373] as a condition of receiving those awards,” Sessions said. U.S. Code 1373 is a law stating that localities cannot prevent the federal government from enforcing the nation...

Gorsuch’s strong performance even wins over mainstream media, Dems

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch won over conservatives with his standout record, but his impeccable performance in Senate hearings this week has earned the judge praise from media figures and some Democrats as well. The Washington Free Beacon reported: On CNN, Jeffrey Toobin said it was clear Gorsuch knew more about the law than any of the senators asking him questions, Wolf Blitzer praised him as "very knowledgeable," Patrick Healy said he had a "natural command," and Gloria Borger called him "completely qualified and everybody knows it." Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Gorsuch during the week over his prior rulings and ...

IRS still hasn’t gotten rid of policy it used to target tea partyers

The same policy that enabled authorities at the IRS to slow-roll the tax-exempt-status applications of tea-party groups remains on the books, according to a watchdog group. The Daily Caller has the story: The federal tax agency’s policy requires IRS officials to stop processing tax-exempt applications that are “likely to attract media or congressional attention,” the Cause of Action Institute said in a report made public Wednesday. The policy also directs IRS officials to prepare “sensitive case reports” for their supervisors and to ignore “the merits of the application” if it involved a newsworthy topic. “Targeting was — ...

House Freedom Caucus members say it’s time to slash entitlement budget

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are encouraging executive leaders in Washington, D.C. to do more to balance our budget, specifically encouraging them to make budget cuts to entitlement spending in an effort to balance our budget and better chip away at our national debt. The Daily Signal has the story: Reps. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho; Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; expressed support for entitlement reform at a monthly Capitol Hill gathering. Trump’s budget blueprint, released Thursday, introduces increases in defense discretionary spending with cuts to nondefense discretionary spending. However, the budget does not ...

House Freedom Caucus chairman: ‘We still have major concerns’ with Obamacare replacement bill

While House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows announced earlier this week that members of the caucus will not be bound to vote against the GOP Obamacare replacement legislation, he says a number of the members, himself included, have serious reservations about the bill. USA Today has the details: But just because they were given the OK to vote however they chose didn’t mean everyone was ready to vote yes. Several Freedom Caucus members, including Meadows, said late Monday they still expect most of the group will vote "no." "I think we still have major concerns with this bill," Meadows said after the Freedom Caucus met for their weekly ...

Tea Party Patriots: GOP “repeal” bill falls far short of repealing Obamacare as promised

Tea Party Patriots and our supporters remain overwhelmingly opposed to the Obamacare repeal attempt the House Republican leadership is currently advancing. Even with the GOP Leadership's amendments, the American Health Care Act falls far short of fully repealing Obamacare. Our goal is to amend this bill so that we can support it. But gaining our support would require meaningful changes, including removing the tax credits (which, incidentally, look a lot like the Obamacare subsidies) and repealing the insurance company mandates. We are also in favor of rejecting the Senate Parliamentarian's advice, if necessary, to move forward with a bill that ...

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Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘We must honor our promise and repeal Obamacare’

Sen. Ted Cruz during a speech given during our “Day of Action” event with FreedomWorks on Capitol Hill Wednesday said members of Congress must do what the American people elected them to do and that is repeal Obamacare as promised. The Washington Examiner has the details: "We must honor our promise and repeal Obamacare. For six years, Republicans have campaigned over and over and over again saying if only you'd give us the House, we'll repeal Obamacare. If you only you give us the Senate, we'll repeal Obamacare. If only you give us the White House, we'll repeal Obamacare. You know what? We're out of excuses." The Texas Republican criticized ...

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