Resolution Opposing International Taxation Initiatives
The Resolution urges Congress to oppose any legislation that would authorize global and regional governance bodies including the United Nations (UN), World Health Organisation (WHO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union (EU) to levy taxes on American citizens or establish an international agency authorized to levy taxes on American citizens.
WHEREAS, federal officials have been coordinating with other nations for the purpose of creating worldwide tax enforcement; and
WHEREAS, UN officials have proposed a wide ranging Financial Transactions Tax (Tobin Tax) that will place levies on derivative contracts, bonds and shares; and
WHEREAS, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (hereinafter the “UN”) has declared that the UN cash resources do not meet current needs or obligations and it is essentially bankrupt; and
WHEREAS, instead of initiating major cuts in spending, operations or personnel, a number of UN officials are embracing the idea of global taxes — to the tune of billions or even trillions of dollars–to bail out the world organization and dramatically expand UN operations; and
WHEREAS, currently the UN cannot raise revenues other than through “financial contributions” made by member-states; and
WHEREAS, elaborate global tax proposals have recently been advanced from within the UN and its agencies to extract further revenue from American taxpayers and American corporations; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization (hereinafter the “WHO”) has proposed globally reaching excise taxes on a range of consumer goods; and
WHEREAS, the WHO agreed to binding tobacco excise taxes despite the absence of US and Canadian officials; and
WHEREAS, the UN has proposed wide ranging excise taxes in the name of public safety
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the state of (insert state) memorialize the United States Congress and in particular (insert state’s Congressional members) to oppose any legislation seeking to authorize any international and regional governance bodies to levy taxes on the people and corporations of the United States directly or indirectly for their own purposes; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this state of (insert state) calls upon the United States Congress to repudiate any effort to establish new international agencies with the power and authority to tax international activities and levy global taxes on member states’ citizens and corporations; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the (House of Representatives and Senate) transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, to the President of the United States Senate, to the Secretary of State and to each member of the Congress of the United States.
Adopted by the Task Force on Tax and Fiscal Policy in 1996.
Adopted by the Task Force on International Relations at the Annual Meeting on July 26, 2012.
Amended at the Annual Meeting on July 26, 2012.
Amendments approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on October 16, 2012.
Amended by the Task Force on International Relations and the Task Force on Tax and Fiscal Policy at the States and Nation Policy Summit on December 5, 2014.
Amendments approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on January 9, 2015.