Mar 14, 2018

Senators Cruz and Daines Oppose New Sales Taxes, Defend Historic Tax Reform Benefitting Millions of Americans

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA — With a movement underway to attach online sales tax legislation to an upcoming spending bill that would fund the government through this September, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Steve Daines (R-MT) are leading a bipartisan effort to protect Americans finally seeing relief under the new tax law from increased taxes, according to reports.

“The internet sales tax would take small mom-and-pop internet sellers all across the country and subject them to the taxing authority and to the enforcement authority of over 9,600 jurisdictions all across the country,” Cruz said.

The new online sales taxes would come on the heels of the pro-growth Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law late last year, which lowered rates across the board, cutting taxes at every income bracket and providing greater opportunity and financial security for hardworking Americans long-struggling to get ahead.

Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“Imposing new taxes less than three months after cutting them for virtually every American is a betrayal to businesses and hardworking taxpayers who long-struggled under a broken system. Not only would this new tax amount to a massive cash grab on those who can least afford it, it undermines the efforts of low-tax states to attract investment, be more competitive, and help their state and local economies succeed.

“We applaud the bold leadership of senators Cruz and Daines and urge lawmakers to reject new sales taxes, protect taxpayers, and fund the government without placing new burdens on hardworking Americans finally feeling relief under the new tax code.”

Last week, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said that “If passed, this would create an underground, nationwide, privatized tax-collecting bureaucracy.”

Recently, Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity joined with a coalition of organizations led by the National Taxpayers Union calling on Congress to reject “this unwise legislation and instead work to preserve federalism, strengthen geographical limits to tax authority, and encourage tax competition.”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has resulted in billions of dollars in new investment, more jobs and bigger paychecks helping to improve the lives of hardworking taxpayers as unemployment reaches historic lows and wages rise to levels not seen in nearly a decade.