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  • The Country Has Spoken: Time to Change Direction on Tax Extenders

    Jaimie Woo by: Jaimie Woo
    While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country's direction. Exit polling data from Election Day showed clear majorities in against growing corporate influence on the political process and in favor of greater corporate accountability. The message is clear: inversions must stop, corporate tax avoidance must end, and special corporate loopholes must close.
      The question that remains, of course, is whether Congress will hear that message.

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  • Voters Call for Clarity; IRS Should Listen

    Bill Schambra by: Bill Schambra, Lisa Gilbert
    Nonprofit political activity is at a crossroads. Nonprofits have come under criticism from some on the left for spending too much dark money to influence politics, while some on the right critique the IRS for subjecting certain groups applying for nonprofit status to increased scrutiny based on their names.
      In the face of this hyper-partisanship, the conservative Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy & Civic Renewal and progressive Public Citizen are joining to discuss new ways to reform the IRS' treatment of nonprofit political activity and to hear from a vital voice that has so far been silent -- that of the voter.

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  • Black Friday Blues

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on "Black Friday" for spectacular deals. What they don't know is that the best bargains have already been taken -- not by other shoppers, but by some of America's largest corporations.
      Walmart, the biggest corporation in America, with revenues of almost half a trillion dollars, gets a $1 billion tax break each year on average by exploiting federal tax loopholes, according to a new report from Americans for Tax Fairness. Taxpayers, even those lined up in the early morning darkness at giant retailers like Walmart, pay the price.

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  • Not Just One Day, But A Lasting Commitment

    Karen Camper by: Karen Camper, Susan Shaer
    Let me to first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now.
      On Veterans Day, it's one day to think hard. What do we contemplate when we launch into war? Do we plan for the seemingly endless painful plight of veterans -- their families, friends and communities?
      Planning for outcomes is common sense. A skydiver won't fling herself into the air without considering a fall. A doctor does not operate without knowing the patient's recovery plan.

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Tax Dodging New Form Of Corporate Abuse

Chris  Petersen by: Chris Petersen
Big corporations have been trying to push farmers around since the 19th century. But farmers have always pushed back: more than 100 years ago, the Grange and National Farmers Union were organized ...



Corporate Tax Dodging Threatens Public Safety

Dan  Cougill by: Dan Cougill
I'm usually a fan of the Whopper, but recently I haven't set foot inside a Burger King. In August, the company announced it would renounce its U.S. corporate "citizenship" to avoid paying its fair ...





Remembering Uncle Billy: Why Corporate Tax Ploy Is Unpatriotic

Dan Shannon by: Dan Shannon
Every time I read about an American corporation deserting our country to dodge its taxes, I think about my Uncle Billy. From a family of 11 kids in Pennsylvania coal country, Billy was a bombardier ...



We All End Up Paying For Corporate Tax-Dodgers

Sabrina Parsons by: Sabrina Parsons
Small businesses need access to credit, a well-educated workforce, good roads and dependable communications. I know because I run a small business, and small businesses are our customers. Families ...








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The Country Has Spoken: Time to Change Direction on Tax Extenders (by: Jaimie Woo) in the Gilmer Mirror

Voters Call for Clarity; IRS Should Listen (by: Bill Schambra, Lisa Gilbert) in the Deer Park Broadcaster

Black Friday Blues (by: Frank Clemente) in the Augusta Free Press

Not Just One Day, But A Lasting Commitment (by: Karen Camper, Susan Shaer) in the Floyd County Times

Tax Dodging New Form Of Corporate Abuse (by: Chris Petersen) in the Traer Star-Clipper

Corporate Tax Dodging Threatens Public Safety (by: Dan Cougill) in the Des Moines Register

Remembering Uncle Billy: Why Corporate Tax Ploy Is Unpatriotic (by: Dan Shannon) in the Pueblo Chieftain

We All End Up Paying For Corporate Tax-Dodgers (by: Sabrina Parsons) in the Eugene Register-Guard

Celebrating America's Wilderness (by: Pat Byington) in the Deer Park Broadcaster

Casey Kasem's End-of-Life Nightmare Is Lesson for Millions of Americans (by: Sean Crowley, Daniel Wilson) in the The Hill



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