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Action-A-Day: for Tuesday 10/3/17: Ask for Fair Tax Reform

CALL TO ACTION:   We must advocate for fair and equitable tax reform of the tax codes; 

TO DO NOW :

1).  Call your Senators and ask them to work with all members to develop a tax plan that's fair for each of us.  Use this link to find them : https://www.contactingcongress.org/

Sample Script:  I’m from [ZIP code], calling about the Republican tax plan. I want to advocate for poor, hardworking Americans who need cuts more than corporations and people earning over $200,000 per year. Advantages like pass-throughs, estate tax breaks, and write-offs for charitable giving only benefit the most affluent. Please know I expect you to support an ethical, fiscally-responsible tax plan that helps our struggling neighbors, not Trump Tower cronies. Thank you.

2).  Share this CTA with your rapid response teams, family, friends and neighbors.

3). Consider calling all republican members of the Senate. Use the call Script above.

BACKGROUNDAfter failing to repeal the ACA, congressional republicans are now shifting focus to tax reform. However tax reform may not be an accurate description because it mainly consists of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  This proposal has little to no benefits for the middle and working classes. The republican tax plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%.  And in many cases it eliminates the alternative minimum tax changes that would disproportionately benefit wealthy Americans and allow them to exploit tax code loopholes.  At the expense of the rest of us.  The Republican tax plan also proposes to eliminate the estate tax,  a tax that only applies to the wealthiest .2% of American families.  Families like the Trumps and their elitist friends.

Since Republicans plan to use the budget reconciliation process to push this partisan tax bill through Congress, the bill is not allowed to add to the federal deficit.   This means that the new tax codes for corporations or the wealthy will be budget neutralized by cutting spending on programs that benefit working-class families such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), sent a letter signed by nearly all members of the Democratic caucus to majority leader Mitch McConnell.(R-KY), stating that the Democrats are willing to work with Republicans on a tax plan that does not cut taxes for the top 1% or cut spending on vital social safety net programs. Now we need to tell our representatives in Congress: “Let's work together towards federal tax reforms that will treat all Americans fairly.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/INFORMATION

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/

http://www.investopedia.com/news/how-much-income-puts-you-top-1-5-10/

——— Credit for this CTA goes to Jen Hoffman's Calls For Action* and FIVE Calls**

*  Jenn Hoffman runs a website and blog for Americans of Conscious.

**  Five Calls is a group of like-minded volunteers who want to make advocacy accessible.  Founded and run by husband & wife team Nick and Rebecca.  It is supported by many dedicated volunteers who contribute to the site.

————“We want to make advocacy accessible. We hope 5 Calls will make it effortless for regular people to have a voice when it’s needed most.”