The Audit We Really Need

April 14, 2014

AFP-Arkansas Director Jason Cline has an op-ed featured in Talk Business. Below are a few of the highlights, and it’s really worth a full read. To view the full article, please click here.

As you read this, millions of Americans are scrambling to finalize their tax returns before the April 15th deadline, crossing every “T” and dotting every “I”, hoping they aren’t nailed with the IRS’s dreaded audit.

While we scrounge up each dime Uncle Sam demands, the politicians and bureaucrats spending our hard-earned tax dollars aren’t being nearly so scrupulous. Based on a brief audit conducted by the Americans for Prosperity-Arkansas policy team, it’s clear that Washington politicians have managed to waste millions in Arkansas alone. Their waste means we spend more time working to pay off Uncle Sam rather than feeding our families, saving for our future dreams, giving to our churches and favorite charities, or building businesses.

Wasteful spending is part of the reason why Tax Freedom Day – the date at which taxpayers stop working for the government and get to keep their income – now arrives on April 7 in Arkansas, more than a third of the way through the year. While there are some good ways that the federal government can, and at times, does, spend your money, they aren’t doing a very good job picking priorities – and it’s costing all of us.

Americans for Prosperity has made it easy for concerned citizens to conduct their own audit. Do you know of an example of wasteful federal spending in Arkansas?  Report it to spendingspotlight.com so our crack policy team can expose it. This tax season, let’s turn the tables on Washington.

For examples of wasteful spending and to view the full article on Talk Business please follow this link.

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