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Winning Issue » UPPER INCOME TAX RATES


Many people believe our nation’s growing income inequality and our diminishing middle class are fundamental problems facing our society. For the past 40 years or more, America’s per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has steadily grown because our workforce has increasingly produced more goods and services with the same number of workers. However, workers have not been rewarded for this increased productivity. In 2001, wages accounted for about 49% of GDP but this number is now about 43% following a steep and steady decline. Furthermore, it has recently been revealed that 60 Fortune 500 companies paid no federal income taxes on $79 billion in profits in 2018. Rather, they received a combined 4.3 billion in rebates instead. These companies included Amazon, Netflix, Chevron, Delta, GM, Goodyear, Halliburton, IBM, Salesforce, U.S. Steel and Whirlpool, among others. The wealthiest among us, those making more than $400,000 a year, have captured nearly all the economic gains during these past 3-plus decades.

Income tax brackets for individuals also apply to corporations. Although allowed more deductions, a corporation’s gross income is subject to the same federal tax rates as individuals. During President Eisenhower’s administration, the marginal tax rate for Americans in the top income tax bracket was 92% - meaning the wealthiest Americans paid our treasury 92 cents of each dollar they earned. Under Carter the upper tax rate was cut to 70%. Clinton slashed it to 39.6% and Trump took it sown to 37% which is where it is today. The upper income tax bracket today is reserved for those with annual incomes in excess of $518,400.

Pending Legislation: S.1652 - Paying a Fair Share Act of 2021
Sponsor: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Status: Senate Committee on Finance
Chair: Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current upper income tax rate policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support:
    1.) Requiring an individual taxpayer whose adjusted gross income exceeds $1 million to pay a minimum tax rate of 30% of the excess of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income over the taxpayer's modified charitable contribution deduction for the taxable year.

    2.) Providing for a phase-in of such tax and requires an inflation adjustment to the $1 million income threshold for taxable years beginning after 2020.

    3.) Expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should enact tax reform that repeals unfair and unnecessary tax loopholes and expenditures, simplifies the tax system, and makes sure that the wealthiest taxpayers pay a fair share of taxes.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support:
    1.) Requiring an individual taxpayer whose adjusted gross income exceeds $1 million to pay a minimum tax rate of 30% of the excess of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income over the taxpayer's modified charitable contribution deduction for the taxable year.

    2.) Providing for a phase-in of such tax and requires an inflation adjustment to the $1 million income threshold for taxable years beginning after 2020.

    3.) Expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should enact tax reform that repeals unfair and unnecessary tax loopholes and expenditures, simplifies the tax system, and makes sure that the wealthiest taxpayers pay a fair share of taxes.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing S.1652 - Paying a Fair Share Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, Citizens for Tax Justice will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for ensuring high-income earners pay their fair share of income taxes.

About: Citizens for Tax Justice works to ensure working people have a voice in the development of our nation’s tax policies. Against the armies of special interest lobbyists for corporations and the wealthy, CTJ work is focused on tax fairness for middle and low-income families, requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share, closing corporate tax loopholes, and adequately funding important government services.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
September 19, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
September 26, 2022