Newsletter: Jan. 19, 2010

Happy new year from Wealth for the Common Good!

We’re starting 2010 with the launch of a new campaign: Business and Investors Against Tax Haven Abuse. Please sign the petition calling on policymakers to end tax dodging and support a level playing field for business. An estimated $100 billion or more in tax revenue is lost every year to tax havens. We’re pushing for strong legislation to end tax haven abuse.

You can read more about this issue and share your input at www.businessagainsttaxhavens.org.

Also in this issue:
-Workshops on Wealth, Taxes and Economic Justice sponsored by Resource Generation and Bread and Roses Community Fund.
-The latest Action Alert on the estate tax.

Many thanks for your support,
Chuck Collins, Alison Goldberg, Bill Lyons, Ann Manning and Scott Klinger

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Estate tax: Contact your Senators today!

As of Jan. 1, the estate tax is suspended for the duration of 2010. This is because the Senate failed to act before the end of 2009. But it’s not too late: Some leaders, recognizing the fiscal irresponsibility of this act, have promised to take action in the early part of the year to restore the tax.

Please help us urge Congress to reinstate the estate tax. Visit United for a Fair Economy for a toll-free number and information you can use to call your members.
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Upcoming workshops in Philadelphia and Los Angeles

We are partnering with Resource Generation, and Bread & Roses Community Fund in Philadelphia, to sponsor workshops on Wealth, Taxes, and Economic Justice. They focus on the roles young people with wealth can play in progressive tax reform. Upcoming events:

Philadelphia: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 from 3-5:30 pm
Los Angeles: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 from 7-9:00 pm

Contact Alison at alison@wealthforcommongood.org for more information and to RSVP.
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Featured signer:

“That something so important to every American as their taxes should fall lightly on those most able to afford proportionately higher taxes and penalize those least able, is not only a disgrace, but it is surely not American.”

-John Law Steel
Attorney, Former Mayor, Telluride, Colo.