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Budgets are about more than numbers, they are a reflection of our priorities. Each year, the President and Congress make decisions about which federal programs to fund. These budget choices should all be transparent and accountable to the nation’s taxpayers. During the 112th Congress, lawmakers ...More

approved significant spending cuts over the next decade. There are many different options Congress will consider as it tackles the $16 trillion national debt that is inhibiting our nation’s overall economic growth.

Tax policy has emerged as one of the few areas that both political parties agree needs considerable reform. Over the years, the nation’s tax code has become littered with special interest tax breaks known as “tax expenditures.” Lawmakers must address the profusion of specialized tax breaks that cost taxpayers more than $1 trillion in revenue every fiscal year. A simpler, flatter, fairer tax code will better serve taxpayers.

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Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Reform

September 18, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Reform The Senate Finance Committee met yesterday to discuss the need for reforming the nation’s outdated energy tax laws as part of the larger tax... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Letter to Senate Finance Committee Urging Reform of Energy Tax Provisions

September 17, 2014

TCS Letter to Senate Finance Committee Urging Reform of Energy Tax Provisions On Tuesday, TCS sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee ahead of their hearing on energy provisions in the tax code.... Read More

Press Releases

Budget Watchdog Documents Low Federal Effective Tax Rates for Large Oil and Gas Companies

July 31, 2014

Effective Tax Rates of Oil and Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment report finds variety of special tax provisions allows companies to defer billions in taxes... Read More

Our Take

USEC Posts First Quarter Loss Following Bankruptcy Filing; Company’s Future Uncertain

June 04, 2014

USEC Posts First Quarter Loss Following Bankruptcy Filing; Company’s Future Uncertain The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) ended its first quarter $50.8 million in the red, according to the company’s most recent... Read More

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Tax Extenders Updates

June 03, 2014

Tax Extenders Updates The table below lists the tax extenders passed by the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee so far. None of these... Read More

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Government Audit: NNSA and Contractor Fail To Control MOX Facility Costs

June 02, 2014

Government Audit: NNSA and Contractor Fail To Control MOX Facility Costs The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its contractor MOX Services have failed to control the cost and construction... Read More

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Reports & Data

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment

July 30, 2014

From 2009 through 2013, large U.S.-based oil and gas companies paid far less in federal income taxes than the statutory rate of 35 percent.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the facts about the Effective Tax Rate for Oil & Gas Companies

April 21, 2014

The effective tax rate (ETR) sounds like it measures what oil companies are paying to Uncle Sam. What a company’s ETR actually measures is... Read More

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A Century of Subsidies for the Oil & Gas Industry

April 18, 2014

The oil and gas industry has been getting subsidies for almost a century. We can't afford special treatment for profitable companies. The time has come to end taxpayer subsidies for the industry.... Read More

Reports & Data

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies

April 09, 2014

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

TCS appearances in the media in Budget & Tax

Laws plummet in post-earmark era

October 15, 2014 | The Hill

The number of bills signed into law has plummeted since Washington politicians banned earmarks. Since the 2010 moratorium, Congress passed... Read More

Barack Obama Says Deficit Fell from 10 Percent of GDP to 3 Percent on His Watch

October 07, 2014 | Politifact

During a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014, President Barack Obama offered a rosy -- if cautious -- view on the state of the... Read More

GovWatch: Report Says Air Force Overspending by Billions

October 07, 2014 | Dayton Daily News

The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $8.8 billion on possibly unnecessary attack drones, according to an inspector general’s report last week... Read More

Making Exceptions to Austerity Rules

October 06, 2014 | CQ Roll Call

In an era of budget austerity,some agencies and programs seem to be immune from spending cuts on Capitol Hill. These favored agencies have... Read More

The F-35 and Congress

October 02, 2014 | Capital Insider

Earlier this month, the Pentagon sent a request to Congress that would speed up the purchase of eight fighter jets. A few days later, the... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

September 25, 2014

Pricey Plane to Keep

Volume XIX No.39 The Pentagon’s fancy new fighter, the F-35, is on pace to be the most expensive weapon... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014