Cut Subsidies

The federal government subsidizes economic activities in different ways, including direct spending and tax cuts. Every year these subsidies cost taxpayers billions of dollars, yet the government often fails to monitor them for their effectiveness or necessity. ...More

Subsidies such as preferential tax treatment have been especially prone to lax oversight and underestimating the true cost to taxpayers. Loan guarantees, price guarantees, and disaster insurance are also examples of federal subsidies to private industries. Federal subsidies need to be accurately measured and routinely assessed to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return on their investment. Profitable, well-established industries should not receive taxpayer subsidies in any form.

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Letters & Testimony

Official TCS Comments on Farm Bill Implementation

April 11, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense submitted comments to the Federal Register concerning the Department of Agriculture's implementation of the... Read More

Press Releases

New report details effective tax rates and various tax breaks used by the Oil & Gas industry

April 10, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense's new report, “Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies,” offers a detailed review of the suite of tax subsidies the oil and gas industry receives. ... Read More

Our Take

Summary of Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Extenders Package

April 03, 2014

Summary of Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Extenders Package On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the version of the tax extenders package that the... Read More

Our Take

Energy Tax Extenders in Senate EXPIRE Act

April 03, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the version of the tax extenders package that the... Read More

Our Take

The Lost Cause of Clean Coal

March 05, 2014

The Lost Cause of Clean Coal A recent congressional hearing (“DOE Oversight: Status of Clean Coal Programs”, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to the House: Oppose H.R. 3370

March 04, 2014

Letter to the House: Oppose H.R. 3370 Today, TCS sent a letter to the House of Representative, urging lawmakers to oppose H.R. 3370 and reject efforts to extend taxpayer flood insurance subsidies.... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Updated: Taxpayer Supports for Corn Ethanol in Federal Legislation

April 15, 2014

Updated: Taxpayer Supports for Corn Ethanol in Federal Legislation Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

Fact Sheets

Political Footprint of the Oil and Gas Industry Lobby

April 10, 2014

Political Footprint of the Oil and Gas Industry Lobby The federal government has been subsidizing the oil and gas industry through the tax code for nearly 100 years, wasting billions of... Read More

Reports & Data

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies

April 09, 2014

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies is an in-depth look at special provisions written into the tax code over decades that benefit... Read More

Fact Sheets

Profile of the Taxpayer Subsidized Crop Insurance Industry

April 08, 2014

Profile of the Taxpayer Subsidized Crop Insurance Industry Federal crop insurance is a highly taxpayer subsidized program that allows agricultural producers to shift their business risk onto... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Cut Subsidies

Guilt By Association in Louisiana

April 14, 2014 | FactCheck.org

In a classic case of misdirection, the Senate Majority PAC claims the “out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers” are spending millions to... Read More

Congress Up in Arms Over Pentagon Cost-Cutting Steps

April 14, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

About half a dozen members of Congress, independently of each other, raised objections this week to a slew of spending reductions proposed by the Defense Department as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. ... Read More

GOP Lawmakers Balk When Spending Cuts Turn Real

April 09, 2014 | Associated Press

When House Republicans pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big... Read More

Congress Does Something-Pushes $127 Billion in Tax Breaks

April 07, 2014 | The Fiscal times

in a clear sign that Congress remains light years away from tax reform, the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday approved a bill to renew a... Read More

Letter: Is LaMalfa the best we can do in our district?

April 05, 2014 | Chico Enterprise-Record

The following is a Letter to the Editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record Dear Editor: David White's letter asking, "Are these politicians... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 11, 2014

What’s Your Tax Rate?

Seeing as April 15th is right around the corner, we’ll keep the tax reform ball rolling this week. As... Read More