IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service

By: Robert Bryson A well-funded IRS discourages fraud, ensures companies compete under the same rules, and provides quality information and service to worried taxpayers. Since 2008, the IRS budget has declined 20% from approximately $14 billion to $11.135 billion.[1] In that time, personnel levels have dropped 20% while the IRS has contended with a 9% … Continue reading IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service

Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62

Below is a copy of the letter PIAC sent to  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding a proposed rule change which would make millions ineligible for SNAP Benefits The Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorial Eligibility in the SNAP threatens the safety and health of millions of people. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program … Continue reading Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62

Corporate Personhood: Can a corporation really hold religious views? How did we get here?

By:  Robert Bryson Corporate personhood is the legal notion that a corporation is a distinct entity that exists separately from the human being associated with it (like owners, managers, and employees). Corporations got their first breath of life in the Justinian Digest (the latest iteration of the Roman Code). Pope Innocent IV (pontificate from 1243-54) … Continue reading Corporate Personhood: Can a corporation really hold religious views? How did we get here?

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders

By:  Robert Bryson Don’t get one of these – that is the summation of this article. With that aside, let’s dig into payday loans. What are payday loans? Payday lenders offer loan products to “high-risk” individuals, people who ordinarily cannot access credit. A payday loan involves taking out a loan against anticipated future income. For … Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders