This Tax Day, it’s time to reverse course. Over the last half-century, American’s wealthiest taxpayers have seen their tax rate drop enormously, while the share of income that middle class Americans pay has increased slightly. We need to speak up for fairness in our tax system.
We’ve been thrilled with the response to our new letter to the editor tool – so far more than 100 of you have submitted letters to your local papers. If you haven’t tried it out yet, please take 3 minutes to take action:
> For household incomes over $235,000 a year, please send this letter.
> For household incomes under $235,00, please send this letter.
Below is a compilation of additional resource to help you weigh-in on tax debates, whether in the press, at a rally, or in your neighborhood. Let’s shift the dialogue so that the next 50 years will be guided by progressive tax policy.
Thanks for your commitment to tax fairness,
Chuck Collins, Alison Goldberg, Bill Lyons, Ann Manning and Scott Klinger
Sign the petition to allow the tax cuts for high-income households to expire.
Read the IPS Tax Day Talking Points and join the public conversation. Then call your local talk show. Debate your neighbor. Write an op-ed.
Check out our new report, Shifting Responsibility: How 50 Years of Tax Cuts Benefited the Wealthiest Americans. It includes key facts and statistics about the Great Tax Shift of the past half-century.
In The News
Taxes flavor a healthy economy: WFCG member Clark Taylor opines in the Metro West Daily News on how to reframe the Tax Day rhetoric.
Honk If You Want to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy: Chuck Collins amplifies the voices of wealthy individuals and business leaders calling for an end to the Bush-era tax cuts in the Huffington Post.
Read the blog post >>>
Group advocates raising taxes on wealthiest Americans: On the Money blog at the Hill highlights Shifting Responsibility.
“The federal tax rate for the wealthiest is at an historical low. Today, it is 35 percent, whereas between 1936 and 1980, it never went below 70 percent. Since then, the share of total personal income of the richest one percent more than doubled. As a successful business person, I have benefited from the current tax system, but considering the federal deficit, I want to blow the whistle on it. I believe we need to move toward having one tax system where everyone pays their fair share.”
– Kenneth Lewis, retired President of Lasco Shipping Company and national chairman of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation