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Center for Freedom and Prosperity Press Release

Center for Freedom and Prosperity

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 13, 2006
202-285-0244
www.freedomandprosperity.org

Coalition Endorses Inhofe/Nelson Bill to Stop Global Taxes and Tax Harmonization Schemes

(Washington, DC, Thursday, July 13, 2006) Several members of the Coalition for Tax Competition hailed Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) for introducing a bi-partisan bill to stop the United Nations, the OECD and other international organizations from taxing U.S. citizens and corporations or otherwise interfering with American tax policy. 

Andrew Quinlan, president of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity said, "Senators Inhofe and Nelson deserve our appreciation and praise for their leadership. The legislation is especially timely since the UN is pushing global tax schemes and the OECD is trying to re-energize its decade-old tax harmonization agenda."

The bill entitled the Protection Against United Nations Taxation Act of 2006 (S. 3633) has 32 original co-sponsors and would withhold 20 percent of the United States subsidy to the U.N., the OECD and other international organizations if they develop, advocate, endorse, promote, or publicize any proposal "concerning the imposition of a tax or fee on any United States national or any income earned in the United States in order to raise revenue for the United Nations, any foreign government, or any international organization."

List of 32 composers:  Senators Inhofe, Ben Nelson, Allen, Bond, Bunning, Burns, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Craig, Crapo, DeMint, DeWine, Dole, Ensign, Graham, Gregg, Hutchison, Isakson, Kyl, Martinez, Sessions, Shelby, Smith, Snowe, Stevens, Talent, Thomas, Thune, Vitter, and Warner.

Link to legislation:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.03633:
 

Additional comments on the Inhofe/Nelson legislation by Coalition Members:

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform ~ "Americans for Tax Reform strongly supports Senators Inhofe's and Nelson's bill to stop the UN and the OECD from interfering with American tax policy or imposing taxes on Americans. International bureaucracies should not be using American tax dollars to pursue statist French tax policies."

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council ~ "Taxing schemes being concocted by the U.N. are a gross affront to sovereign nations and to those that understand the true roots of economic opportunity and prosperity.  The SBE Council fully endorses this important legislative effort being led by Senators Inhofe and Nelson to ensure the U.S. will not support such wasteful and wishful thinking on the part of the U.N."

Pat Toomey, President and CEO, Club for Growth ~ "The United States should never subsidize efforts by the UN and the OECD, acting with no accountability, to undermine US sovereignty by directly taxing Americans or interfering with American tax policy. The Club for Growth strongly supports Senator James Inhofe's legislation to Stop Global Taxes."

Andrew Moylan, Government Affairs Manager, National Taxpayers Union ~ "Americans should not be forced to pay a global tax to a non-sovereign entity.  With the federal government set to take $2.4 trillion in taxes out of the economy next year, American families can ill afford to pay an additional tax to an international organization that has proven itself a poor steward of their tax dollars in the past."
 

Representatives of think tanks are unable to endorse legislation, but did comment on the economic impact of global taxation and tax harmonization:

Daniel Mitchell, The Heritage Foundation ~ "Tax competition is a vital check on the tendency of politicians to over-tax and over-spend. High-tax governments are trying to suppress tax competition and instead impose tax harmonization policies to hinder the flow of jobs and capital from high-tax nations to low-tax jurisdictions. Unfortunately, these high-tax governments have succeeded in getting the OECD and UN to pursue their statist agenda."

Veronique de Rugy, American Enterprise Institute ~ "Global taxation and tax harmonization are tools for high-tax nations to resist economic liberalization. If successful, these efforts would harm global economic growth. Tax competition has led to a 23 percentage point reduction in personal income tax rates since 1980 and a 19 percentage point reduction in corporate income tax rates over the same period."
 

For additional comments:

Andrew Quinlan can be reached at 202-285-0244, quinlan@freedomandprosperity.org
Grover Norquist can be reached at 202-785-0266,
friends@atr.org
Karen Kerrigan can be reached at 202-785-0238,
sbsc@sbsc.org
Pat Toomey can be reached at 202-955-5500,
press@clubforgrowth.com
Andrew Moylan can be reached at 703.683.5700,
ntu@ntu.org
Dan Mitchell can be reached at 202-608-6224,
dan.mitchell@heritage.org
Veronique de Rugy can be reached at 202-862-7165,
VdeRugy@aei.org

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