CAGW Releases April 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 18, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its April 2017 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its April edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Wasteful IRS Program Fails to Prevent Tax Fraud

By Sean Kennedy

The least favorite government agency during the month of April is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Now taxpayers can add another reason to the list of complaints about the IRS and the tax code.  A program intended to uncover and prevent the filing of fraudulent tax returns has failed to perform as expected.  Full story here.

Free File Should Remain Free

By Deborah Collier

The well-established and popular Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File program, which provides taxpayers that make under $64,000 annually with an option of 12 tax preparation companies to file their taxes at no cost, is under attack.  Full story here.

Income Share Agreements:  Venture Capital for College Students

By William M. Christian

To get the gist of an “income share agreement” (ISA), look no further than the title of Kim Clark’s November 16, 2016 article in Money magazine:  “Now You Can Sell Shares in Yourself to Pay for College.”  Full story here.

NFL Hits the Taxpayer-Funding Jackpot in Vegas

By Curtis Kalin

Las Vegas has long been known as “Sin City,” and it will soon be home to one of the worst fiscal sins of all time.  Full story here.

A Dopey Policy

By Elizabeth Wright

As states fall all over each other to legalize recreational marijuana, barriers are being erected that are making it increasingly difficult for people who want to move away from smoking cigarettes, which are legal, to a safer product, which is also legal.  Full story here.

Step Back, Doors Closing: D.C.’s Subway Debacle

By Rachel Cole

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), first ran its trains in 1976.  It started out positively, but the system has fallen from grace after years of poor service and intermittent reliability, not to mention several fatal incidents, and riders are leaving the service at increasing rates.  Full story here.

FedRAMP Gets a ReVAMP

By Deborah Collier

The need to modernize federal information technology (IT) is being taken seriously by the Trump administration.  This much-needed and welcome focus on federal IT must include a close examination of cloud solutions, particularly as they relate to the Federal Risk Assessment Management Program (FedRAMP).  Full story here.

Maryland's Boondoggle Inn

By Andrew Nehring

In July 2016, Frederick County (Maryland) Executive Jan Gardner introduced a bill that would increase the county’s hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent to fund certain aspects of a planned $84 million Downtown Frederick Hotel and Conference Center.  Full story here.

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