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Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means.  Our staff possesses a unique depth of knowledge about a wide range of critical issues.  At the same time, we know how to bring together ideologically diverse partners to agree on common-sense solutions that cut waste and save taxpayers billions. 

Since 1995, TCS has empowered the media, policymakers, our partner organizations, and citizen activists with the information and insight neccessary to make government work for all.




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Ryan Alexander - President



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Steve Ellis - Vice President



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Recent Reports


Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies

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. Thanks to a variety of special tax provisions, these companies were also able to defer payment of a significant portion of the federal taxes they accrued during this period. This report highlights four oil companies --ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Occidental, and Chevron-- and presents solutions for closing these tax loopholes. Published July 2014.



The Unaffordable F-35: Budget History and Alternatives

At least $8 billion of the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2015 is devoted to a single aircraft program: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Already on track to be the most expensive weapon system in history, the F-35 is becoming a black hole in the Pentagon budget. The focus of this analysis is on the affordability of the F-35 and the ready availability of existing alternatives. Published April 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 producers of oil and natural gas.Published April 2014.

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 09, 2015

“More Love” for the Pentagon

The Capitol this week was more like a German Opera, but we’ll invoke a little Motown sound to describe how some... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration

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