Take a Stand for Tax Fairness!

April 14, 2011

Tax Day is on Monday, April 18th! After you file your paperwork, take a stand for tax fairness! Amid the slew of recent and proposed budget cuts to programs that matter deeply to working and middle class families, we must reinforce the point that more revenue can prevent program cuts and reduce the deficit.  

Below is an 'activist's digest' of sorts which includes many notable events and resources related to Tax Day 2011!

TAKE ACTION! Demonstrate, Call Congress, or Sign Petitions

  • United for a Fair Economy and Responsible Wealth: Tax Work Like Wealth Campaign
    We are calling on Congress to tax capital gains and dividends at the same rate as income from work instead of the current rate of 15 percent. Sign on to our compaign, calculate your tax cut, donate your tax savings, or just watch the taxpayer testimonials. (You can even submit your own movie!) UFE is also asking people to call Congress to support Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Fairness in Taxation Act, HR 1124, which taxes millionaires' capital gains at the same rate as income from work, and adds higher income tax rates for millionaires and billionaires.
  • US Uncut Demonstrations: April 15-18th
    US Uncut protests corporations like Verizon and FedEx which have dodged all or most of their U.S. income taxes at a time when lawmakers are cutting basic public services to address federal and state budget gaps. Many of these demonstrations will have a creative or fun aspect. Find US Uncut events near you. 
  • U.S. PIRG Events at Post Offices: April 15th & 18th
    The U.S. Public Interest Research Group acitivities will be holding events outside of Post Offices on April 15 and April 18 in at least a dozen states. These events will target people whose minds are very much on taxes as they mail off their federal income tax returns.  US PIRG will try to get Congress to address tax dodging corporations with report releases and post-carding.
  • MoveOn Events: April 18th
    "On Tax Day, April 18, as millions of Americans patriotically pay their taxes, we will call on corporations and millionaires to pay their fair share. At hundreds of events from coast to coast, we’ll present tax bills to corporate tax dodgers for the billions of dollars their legions of lobbyists helped them avoid. We’ll organize a peaceful, dignified, and powerful day of action to call on corporations to pay their fair share. And we’ll demand that our elected leaders make them pay." (Their events appear to include the US Uncut events.) Find MoveOn events near you.

TAX DAY RESOURCES

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They should have to pay taxes on every penney they make !!!!

  DAM  STRIGHT THEY SHOULD!!!!     I HAVE WORKED HARD ALL OF MY LIFE AND PAID EVERY TAXES THAT I OWED-AND EVERY PERSON SHOULD DO THE SAME REGUARDLUS OF INCOME EARNED-- HOWEVER IT'S MADE.YOU COULD SET A SET RATE AND INCLUDE THE BILLIONAIRS,  CORPORATIONS , SENATORS, DOCTORS,LAWERS,CONGRESSMAN--AND TAKE AWAY THEIR RAISES AND PUT THEM ON SOCALCURTY.PROGRAMS AND NO LIFE TIME REWARDS, LIKE HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDED FOR THEM!!make them BUY  THEIR OWN-STOP THE BIG BUCKS FOR THE HEAD BANKERS AND OWNERS OF OIL COMPANIES--AND OH YES THE BIG LEAG SPORTS PLAYERS.

ONE  FAIR TAX RATE FOR ALL SAY12% YOU WOULD HAVE MORE MONEY THAN YOU EVER DREAMED OF, you got to have the guts to do it OR YOU WOULD BE JUST LIKE THEM LEACHES-LEACHES IS THE REASON WE ARE IN THIS MESS, YAHOO FOR THEM AND PISS ON US!! THEIR WILL COME A TIME THIS COUNTRY WILL STAND UP AND GOD HELP US ALL   IF THAT HAPPENS!I DON'T KNOW WHY I AM WASTING MY TIME WITH THIS YOU PEOPLE HAVE YOUR EARS PLUGED WITH MONEY AND THAT IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY,MONEY,MONEY

STOP  BIG OIL FROM MIXING  SOUR CRUDE WITH SWEET AND SELLING IT ALL AS SWEET OIL HELL OF A PROFIT THERE FOR THE OIL COMPANYS TRUST ME THEY DO IT EVERY DAY and night make the oil co play the game right 

You know I agree that the

You know I agree that the wealthy can afford to pay higher amounts of tax. However, It is also unfair that so many low wage earners are able to benefit from high tax credits, calling the wealthy leeches is unfair when you consider how much they support others with the money they are paying in. I know so many people who receive more in tax refunds than they earn in a year. At one point that was me. It’s hard to find the drive to work hard when every need you have is being met by the government.

You say the answer is a flat rate tax. The issue with this is not the tax rate itself, but how companies or individuals can decrease their taxable income with various deductions or loop holes. The only way that a program like a flat tax rate will work would be to increase the character of every individual. (Good luck with that!)If an individual doesn’t have the belief that paying more taxes is beneficial, they will hire an accountant that will turn a million dollar income into a few thousand. A flat tax is doomed to fail.

Philanthropy is a much better alternative. Don’t give the money to the government to waste on what I consider leeches. Take the time to develop programs yourself, decrease the demand on government funds rather than increase the funds at the disposal of our wasteful government.

You say tax wealth like work. I say treat government benefits like compensation. Make people on government assistance volunteer in their community. If people had to do something, anything to get assistance it would weed out the users. Also, their volunteer efforts would enhance the community and their work ethic.

I would encourage you to

I would encourage you to rethink your position on those that recieve government assistance. Truth of the matter is that these people do not need more burdens placed on them, but the whole point is to help them step up to realize self sufficiency and we shouldn't be casting a broad stroke judgement over them just because it was difficult for you to drive to work when your every need was being met. The reality is that those examples of people that might be taking advantage of the system are a minority of those that are using the assistance because they are dealt circumstances where they need help.

Sure we can do a better job of preventing abuses and ensure that we  are doing things that truly help people realize a more self sustainable future, but in getting them there you can't try to find equity where it can not possibly exist.

Stop comparing the wealthy with the weakest amoung us. Thats just an absurd concept. Those of us that are able to contribute to building a better community need to do so with a spirit of lifting the weakest amoung us so that one day they can be the ones lifting someone else.

Stand Up for what's right

I am a 60 year old multiply disabled woman. I live around $2,000 below the Federal Poverty Line per year and I depend on Medicaid for my many issues. I'll get right to the heart of it. Nearly every politician in the country want to make huge cuts in Medicaid and essentially dismantle Social Security because there is not enough revenue, a situation THEY (mostly Repubs) are at fault for and yet not one of them, state or Federal, have suggested any givebacks or giving up their perks. All these rich people ran on jobs, jobs and more jobs, but not one has done a thing about it. Just more tax cuts for the rich, the ultra rich and the uber rich, while paying lip service to the middle class, and stomping on the poor. Frankly, I do not want the Prez to back down on anything and that includes default. It's time some one stood up to show America where all these tax cuts got us and what the desires of the Tea Party GOP will get the country. And if you guys are for real, then I totally have to change my mind about the rich. Seems some of you do care about all of us at the bottom. Tana

 

Would would you do if you were me?

I don't make a ton of money nor am I starving. I make $48k a year. I have no children. I am not married. I do not own property. I never graduated from college but I pay off a student loan from when I did attend (and I have zero desire or need to go back to college). I am employeed by 2 different companies, both located in the same office (I work X amount of hours for each). This is the first time I was ever employed in this manner. Because I am paid 2 different salaries, I now owe Federal, NYS and NYC taxes - about $2300. To be blunt, I don't feel like paying it. Why should I when there are millionaires and million/billion dollar companies that don't pay their fare share. Is the Federal govt. going to fall apart because I didn't cough up my pathetic $1,300 to them? I hate having this attitude - seems so pompous, something that I'm not. But I look around at NYC and see those who I know have money not paying their share.I have since changed my payroll - hopefully I will not owe next year.

When you a single female without children, you are screwed. It's not fair to those of us who haven't over populated the world or those of us who are jus tmiddle class schmucks. We aren't needed for much but come tax time and the good old government has it's hands out.

So I ask you folks, most of which are much smarter than I'll ever be - what would you do? Would you suck it up and pay what you rightfully owe? Or would you tell the govt. to go scratch? I'm leaning on the fence of sending off letters to Obama, Cuomo and Bloomturd, I mean Bloomburg and letting them know how I feel - not that it would make a dent in their lives (I'm sure it won't).

I wish there was a loophole for those who have all but a job. We are truly the forgotten bunch!

Now to answer that hard math question.....

So what is the 'fair share' for the rich?

I am so tired of the sanctimonious whining about the rich not paying their ‘fair share’ when 45% of households pay absolutely no income tax. Zip, zero, nada.  In fact, many of them receive refundable tax credits averaging over $8000 that more than offset their tax liability.  The federal government writes them a check.  All while, those evil rich are carrying the load.  The top one in twenty provided 44% of all personal income tax revenue, though their share of personal income is much smaller.

So the next time you think of spouting out that touchy feely platitude about ‘fair share’, be specific.  Tell us exactly how many should be exempt from paying income taxes.  Tell us how much of the last dollar earned anyone should be allowed to keep.

And as you prepare to blow this comment off as coming from a selfish rich person, you should know my income places me in the bottom quintile.

get your facts straight

There are a multitude of other taxes in this country, and the bottom 45% pay more than their fair share. Taxes on gasoline, cell phone usage, cable bills, phone bills, sales taxes, VAT, utility bills, social security and medicare, etc.  Income taxes make up only a portion of all revenue taken in by the Federal gov't. a full 55% of all revenue to the Federal government comes from sources other than income tax (citation: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/background/numbers/revenue.cfm ).

The data found at this site (http://www.wealthandwant.com/issues/income/income_distribution.html) shows that while the top 20% control 55% of all the wealth (this was in 2005, it's gotten worse since then), and their percentage of Income tax is over 80%, their overall Federal tax burden is around 68%. The second 20% control around 20% but their overall tax burden is only around 17%, with their share of income tax being only 13%. The third highest 20% also controls less than 15%, and has an income tax burden of around 4% and an overall tax of 9%. The lowest 40% control only around 13% of the wealth, and show a negative percentage (-3.8%) on their income tax contribution (this is due to EITC, Child Tax Credit, etc.); HOWEVER, their overall tax burden is almost 5%. When you factor that this 5% is after the nearly -4% income tax is subtracted from the overall.

It is easy for Conservative Republicans to make these idiotic claims of the poor not paying their fair share of "Income taxes," and ignoring that they pay a fairly large percentage of other taxes...