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CFP Update, August 3, 2001

Center for Freedom and Prosperity's Weekly Update

1) New CFP Foundation Study Says that UN Tax Agenda is Threat to U.S. Taxpayers

2) CFP Featured in the Wall Street Journal

3) Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg goes on the record against the OECD and EU information exchange plan.

4) Washington Roundtable on Tax Competition, Financial Privacy and the EU, UN and OECD Tax Agendas

5) BVI challenges the OECD to open the process

6) The Orange County Register Editorializes Against the OECD "information exchange" scheme

7) State politicians try to thwart tax competition

8) Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation: It's Not the Luck of the Irish -- It's Their Low Corporate Taxes

9) NCPA: Privacy Threatened by Government

10) CFP News Clips

 

1) New CFP Foundation Study Says that UN Tax Agenda is Threat to U.S. Taxpayers

According to a new study released today by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation (CFPF), the proposals endorsed in the United Nations' "Report on Financing for Development" will harm the global economy and undermine the competitive advantage of the United States.

Andrew Quinlan, president of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation, said of the study, "The UN has joined the EU and OECD in an unprecedented, all-out attack on low-tax nations like America, the UK, Switzerland, and the so-called tax havens. Our report discusses the folly of the Tobin Tax, the Carbon Tax, the emigrant tax, information exchange and the International Tax Organization all proposals endorsed by the UN. No matter how you slice it, these new international tax schemes would be detrimental to the United States." Link to full study below:

August 2001; A CFP Foundations Study; Prosperitas Vol. I, Issue II; United Nations Seeks Global Tax Authority; by Daniel J. Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/un-report/un-report.shtml

CFP's UN Tax Agenda web page.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/2001/un/un.shtml

The Prosperity Institute's Study:  The U.N. High Level Panel on Financing for Development Recommends Making Orwell's Big Brother Real
http://www.prosperity-institute.org/projects/UN_ITO.htm

Bruce Zagaris' Report: U.N. Report Calls for New Spirituality: The Creation of Two Organizations to Aid International Tax Enforcement
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/zagaris-un/zagaris-un.shtml

 

2) CFP Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The article discusses the OECD project and focuses on CFP. Unfortunately, the reporter has swallowed the pro-OECD line completely. Some of the facts are wrong and he even misstates the name of the Heritage Foundation. Nonetheless, I think the article shows that we are not only winning the issue, but we are getting the other side worried.

WSJ, July 30, 2001, by David Cloud, Virginian Fights For International Tax Havens: Lobbyist Finds Bush Receptive to Ideas Clinton Rejected
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/wsj07-30-01/wsj07-30-01.shtml

CFP's Letter to the Editor
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/ltr/wsj/wsj.shtml

 

3) Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg goes on the record against the OECD and EU information exchange plan.

"I am troubled that some of our high-tax competitors eventually would use the OECD's attack on low-tax nations as a precedent to pressure us to eliminate our favorable tax and privacy laws." Link to letter below:
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/ltr/rehberg/rehberg.shtml

 

4) Washington Roundtable on Tax Competition, Financial Privacy and the EU, UN and OECD Tax Agendas

On Thursday, August 9, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, CFP President Andrew Quinlan will participate in an international roundtable on Tax Competition, Financial Privacy and the EU, UN and OECD Tax Agendas.  The discussion is part of the 170th Anniversary Meeting of the International Platform Association (IPA). The IPA was founded in 1831 by Daniel Webster and is the oldest free-speech organization in the country.

The Tax Competition Roundtable is open to the public and I encourage you to attend if you are in the Washington, DC area. Even though "RSVP's" are not required, if you do call ahead, they will have a nametag prepared for you.  Please call 410-871-2408 to attend the roundtable or to join the Conference, which starts on Wednesday August 8.

Roundtable Speakers

Carlos Gonzalez Ramirez, Morgan & Morgan, Panama

Anton Keller, Secretary, Swiss Investors Protection Association

Gilbert Morris, Security Policy Group International

Andrew Quinlan, President, Center for Freedom & Prosperity

Richard Rahn, Discovery Institute

Fred Smith, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Bruce Zagaris, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe
 

International Platform Association (IPA) Web page:
http://www.internationalplatform.com/

Conference Agenda:
http://www.internationalplatform.com/website_schedule_version.htm

 

5) BVI challenges the OECD to open the process

British Virgin Islands Chief Minister The Honorable Ralph. T O'Neal, in a speech delivered today, urges the OECD to open up membership of its Working Group on Exchange of Information.
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Papers/bvi1/bvi1.shtml

 

6) The Orange County Register Editorializes Against the OECD "information exchange" scheme

"Bush and company seem like they're headed on the right track on this one. If they reject the proposals to unnecessarily invade privacy, they'll prove once again that taking a stand on principle is to be seen as leadership, not selfishness."

Tuesday, July 31, 2001, The Orange County Register, Showing leadership
http://www.freedomandprosperity.org/Articles/ocr07-31-01/ocr07-31-01.shtml

 

7) State politicians try to thwart tax competition

Efforts to thwart tax competition are ubiquitous. Even state and local politicians from the US want to limit the freedom to work, shop, save, and invest where taxes are lower. Jessica Melugin of the Manhattan Institute has written an article on a so-called sales tax simplification plan that actually is a stalking horse for a scheme to stop consumers from buying products in states with lower sales taxes (link below).
http://www.cei.org/UpdateReader.asp?ID=1603

 

8) Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation:  It's Not the Luck of the Irish -- It's Their Low Corporate Taxes

"During the 1980s, the U.S. set an example by dramatically lowering individual tax rates and broadening the tax base. That became the international trend as nations all over the world followed suit. Since Ireland has already started the trend on the corporate side, the unanswered question is whether Secretary O'Neill can get the U.S. to follow."  Full article linked below:
http://www.taxfoundation.org/foundationmessage06-01.html

 

9) NCPA: Privacy Threatened by Government

"Individuals face a greater threat to their privacy from government than from the private sector. In general, people have little or no control over what information is collected, how much is shared or how securely it is stored. If a business refuses to keep private information about one's consumer preferences secure, consumers can take their business elsewhere. But they hardly have the same opportunity when it comes to the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Internal Revenue Service." Text to full article:

July 30, 2001, National Center For Policy Analysis, by Devon Herrick, Brief Analysis: Privacy from Government in a Transparent Society
http://www.ncpa.org/ba/ba364/ba364.html

 

10) CFP News Clips

July 31, 2001, Tax-News.com, Oxfam Anti-Offshore Report Shown Up As Bogus
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=4705

August 1, 2001, Tax-News.com, by Ulrika Lomas, Liechtenstein And Switzerland Drag Their Heels Over EU Tax On Interest
http://www.tax-news.com/asp/story/story.asp?storyname=4724

July 18, 2001, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Carrying cash? You must be a crook! Feds reward carriers who tip them off about cash-heavy customers
http://www.atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2001-07-18/news_feature.html

 

Best regards,

Andrew Quinlan
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
President
202-285-0244
208-728-9639 (efax)
www.freedomandprosperity.org
quinlan@freedomandprosperity.org

 

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