Advocating for Common Sense

We fight for the American taxpayer. We are independent, nonpartisan, and believe in fiscal policy based on facts.

Taxpayers for Common Sense Accomplishments since 1995

What We Stand For

Taxpayers for Common Sense is a nonpartisan budget watchdog that has served as an independent voice for the American taxpayer since 1995.

We work to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly and that government operates within its means.


Our Solutions to Cut Waste

Gravina Island

Long before it became national news – Taxpayers for Common Sense named and sounded the alarm on the wasteful $231 million ‘bridge to nowhere’ to Gravina Island, Alaska.

We called out and ended the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC), the largest and most egregious subsidy for the already mandated use of corn ethanol in gasoline.

We speak out regularly on programs such as the National Flood Insurance Program, which shifts the risk of catastrophic events to the taxpayer. It also encourages property owners to build in risky areas and then shifts the costs of those risks to the taxpayer.

Ethics and enforcement of ethics rules should not be a partisan issue. It is clear that scandals involving waste of taxpayer dollars and abuse of power cross all ideological boundaries.

Whether it’s timber sales in the Tongass National Forest, royalties from coal in the Powder River Basin, leaked methane gas from oil and gas wells in North Dakota, or wind and solar development on federal lands in Nevada, we fight to make sure that the taxpayer gets a fair return on resources we all own.

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We don’t take money from corporations, unions, the government, or anyone with a financial stake in our work.


We run a tight ship

According to an independent financial
audit: TCS spent 90 percent of its budget on
program expenses.