Allen R. Foote

From Ohio History Central

During the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, Ohioan Allen Ripley Foote sought to educate others about public finance issues.

Foote was born in 1842. He served in the Northern military during the American Civil War. Upon the end of his service, Foote became interested in financial issues and sought to reform government fiscal policy. Like many other reformers during the Progressive Era, Foote opposed monopolies and firmly believed that the federal government and state governments should encourage competition among businesses. He also believed that corporate taxes hindered business growth and the economy. On most issues, Foote practiced fiscal conservatism, and over his lifetime, he published numerous books and articles regarding his views.

Perhaps, Foote's most noteworthy contribution was the creation of the National Tax Association in 1907. Foote was one of the founders and the first president of this organization. The National Tax Association continues to exist today and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating government officials, the public, and tax professionals about taxation issues. This group has become the largest organization of tax professionals dedicated to educating people about taxes in the United States of America. The organization is nonpartisan and simply seeks to educate people about public finance issues. The group hopes that, if people are educated about taxation issues, that a fiscally-sound public finance system will result. The National Tax Association and its members try to remain out of political debates, preferring to use educational programs to create sound fiscal policy. The National Tax Association and its members routinely advise politicians. The group also sponsors conferences and publications to educate all people about taxes. The National Tax Association's primary publication is the National Tax Journal.

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