Non-profit

National Taxpayers Union

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Website:

www.ntu.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

52-1009116

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $4,732,347
Expenses: $4,157,178
Assets: $2,747,943

Formation:

1969

President:

Peter Sepp

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) is a right-of-center organization of politicians, individuals, and businesses that advocates for lower taxes, decreased economic regulation, and reduced governmental spending. [1]

NTU shares management and offices with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, a related charitable organization that was founded in 1977.

Background

Founded in 1969, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) is a right-of-center organization that lobbies for tax reduction, balanced budgets, decreased economic regulation, free trade, and innovation that is favorable to its business and taxpayer members. [2]

In 1977, the NTU formed the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), a sister organization designed to conduct research and educate Americans on the impact of taxes, government spending, and regulation on their lives. [3]

The organization has claimed accomplishments including a securing a pay freeze for members of Congress, legislation to shut down unnecessary military bases, resolutions from 29 states calling for a balanced budget amendment, and cuts in federal income taxes. NTU claims credit for the creation of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and for being a “driving force” for the Trump administration’s comprehensive tax reform. [4] [5]

NTU uses lobbying to influence public officials, conducts outreach through its website, and provides media coverage on fiscal aspects of federal, state, and local agendas. NTU has also created issue-specific websites, such as No New Energy Taxes, to communicate policy positions. [6] [7]

NTU’s agenda includes rolling back unnecessary regulations, limiting tax increases, encouraging investment in innovation, promoting free trade, supporting economic growth, and limiting government spending. [8]

Initiatives

National Taxpayers Union creates and publishes a fiscal responsibility rating for politicians that takes into consideration their votes on proposed legislation, their personal finances, and their stated positions on fiscal matters. [9]

NTU also provides ballot guides containing the results of its research on proposed state ballot measures that would impact taxpayers, along with recommendations on how to vote. [10] Aside from ballot guides, NTU has provided post-election analysis of results on ballot measures that impact fiscal policy. [11]

NTU analyzes the spending of each presidential candidate following each election and publishes the results. [12]

NTU formed the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, a charitable organization, in 1977 as its research and communication arm. [13]

Controversies

National Taxpayers Union has been criticized by SourceWatch, a left-of-center propaganda site operated by the left-wing media and opposition research group Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) for opposing increased taxes on tobacco and for accepting funding from Philip Morris in the past. [14]

Leadership

National Taxpayers Union was founded by author, economist, and investor James Dale Davidson. [15]

Pete Sepp is the president of both NTU and NTUF and worked with the St. Louis County Board of Elections and on an undisclosed Senate campaign. Sepp has testified before Congress several times and acted as a lobbyist on fiscal proposals. [16]

Finances

NTU reported $3,155,726 in revenue in 2018 and $2,891,540 in expenses. Net assets at the end of the year were $2,331,154. [17]

NTU reported operational expenses of $1,096,420, while other expenses totaled $1,709,495, including $954,497 spent on advertising and promotion. No lobbying expenses were reported. [18]

NTU received grants totaling $224,222 from the Charles G Koch Foundation, a right-of-center private foundation, between 2016 and 2018, with $148,000 of that granted in 2018. [19]

References

  1. “About.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/about/. ^
  2. “About.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 4, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/about/. ^
  3. “National Taxpayers Union Foundation.” National Taxpayers Union Foundation – GuideStar Profile. Accessed February 5, 2021. https://www.guidestar.org/profile/52-1122683. ^
  4. “NTU’s Accomplishments.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/about/page/ntus-accomplishments. ^
  5. “NTU’s Accomplishments.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 4, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/about/page/ntus-accomplishments. ^
  6. “National Taxpayers Union.” Return of Organization Not Subject to Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part III, Lines 1, 4a, 4b. ^
  7. “What’s New.” No New Energy Taxes – A Project of the National Taxpayers Union ” What’s New. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20110128125808/http://www.nonewenergytaxes.com/. ^
  8. “About.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/about/. ^
  9. “Rates Congress.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/ratecongress/. ^
  10. “All Publications.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/publications/type/ballot-guide. ^
  11. “Election Was No Mandate for More Government, Taxpayer Group’s Analysis Shows.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/publications/detail/election-was-no-mandate-for-more-government-taxpayer-groups-analysis-shows. ^
  12. “National Taxpayers Union.” Ballotpedia. Accessed February 4, 2021. https://ballotpedia.org/National_Taxpayers_Union. ^
  13. “NTU Foundation.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/foundation/ ^
  14. Industry Documents Library. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://www.industrydocuments.ucsf.edu/tobacco/docs/#id=jhgw0116. ^
  15. “About Us: Strategic Investment.” About Us | Strategic Investment. Accessed February 8, 2021. https://strategicinvestment.com/page/str/aboutus/. ^
  16. “Pete Sepp.” National Taxpayers Union. Accessed February 4, 2021. https://www.ntu.org/about/staff/pete-sepp. ^
  17. “National Taxpayers Union.” Return of Organization Not Subject to Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part I, lines 12,18, 22 ^
  18. “National Taxpayers Union.” Return of Organization Not Subject to Income Tax (Form 990). 2018. Part I, Lines 15, 17 Part IX, Line 12. ^
  19. “Charles Koch Foundation”. Return of Private Foundation. (Form 990PF). 2016, 2017,2018. Part XV, Line 3. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: October 1, 1977

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Dec Form 990 $4,732,347 $4,157,178 $2,747,943 $353,733 N $4,699,680 $0 $25,174 $176,529
    2016 Dec Form 990 $1,296,626 $1,135,884 $1,932,310 $83,014 N $1,219,271 $0 $22,495 $187,504
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,427,886 $1,062,696 $1,706,250 $88,041 N $1,277,826 $0 $22,399 $233,738 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,506,165 $1,062,380 $1,634,474 $141,470 N $1,321,752 $0 $30,115 $315,708 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $1,155,250 $1,362,262 $1,532,524 $419,308 N $1,034,140 $0 $54,339 $210,673 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,384,652 $1,522,963 $1,452,287 $418,164 N $1,220,860 $0 $56 $239,607 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,670,094 $1,716,327 $1,567,988 $360,484 N $1,617,872 $0 $796 $277,254 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

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