Tell Congress: Raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans

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The petition to Congress reads:

“Repeal Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts for the wealthy.”


An explosive recent New York Times revealed that Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in recent years.1 That’s possible due to a U.S. tax code that heavily favors the wealthy and big corporations – leaving middle and low-income Americans to foot the bill.

In 2017, Trump and his Republican colleagues in Congress enacted a tax bill that slashed taxes for people with high incomes, shifting the tax code even further in favor of the wealthy and the powerful.2

Now, just since the COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year, the total wealth of U.S. billionaires has increased by a mind-boggling $850 billion.3

Repealing the 2017 Republican tax cuts for the wealthy is one of our best opportunities to level the playing field and make the rich pay their fair share – but Congress won’t act unless we demand it.

Here in Ohio, the state legislature has cut taxes for the wealthy nine times in the past fifteen years alone under the guise of creating jobs for hard-working Ohio residents.4 But the fact is, tax cuts for the wealthy don’t create jobs.5 Instead, they decrease federal revenue, leaving less funding available for other crucial priorities.

From investments in clean energy and infrastructure to properly addressing the COVID-19 pandemic by investing in medical research and personal protective equipment, there’s no shortage of smart ways the federal government could be investing in improving people’s lives.

Add your name to our petition now calling on Rob Portman and other members of Congress to repeal Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts for the rich and make the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.

Citations:

1. Trump’s Taxes Show Chronic Losses and Years of Income Tax Avoidance
2. Trump Tax Cuts Helped Billionaires Pay Less Taxes Than The Working Class In 2018
3. US Billionaire Wealth Is Up $850 Billion Since March 18th
4. Annual Tax Rates
5. Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Don't Create Jobs


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