Petition to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake
Senator Flake, Please Vote No on Tax Plan
Dear Senator Flake: Your political beliefs do not line up with those of all your constituents. Many of us disagree with your votes far more often than we agree. But we all respect you. We’ve always felt your votes, and your words, reflected your principles, not the dictate of some donor or a cynical political calculation. So we’re not surprised to read that you are taking a hard look at the Senate tax bill and have concerns about its fiscal impact. We salute you for doing so. As you consider your vote, we urge you to consider what the real cost of this tax plan will be. The sticker price, $1.5 trillion, is huge, but undoubtedly is a gross understatement. Here are a few of the areas you might want to explore on that front: Will the provisions set to expire after 2025 really expire? If not, what will be the additional cost? What will be the indirect revenue loss from various provisions that has not been fully accounted for in the revenue estimates? For example, the doubling of the estate tax exemption will indirectly cost tens of billions in income tax revenue, but that indirect loss cannot be estimated in a manner that is even remotely accurate. What will be the cost after 2027? The Wharton School estimates that the tax plan will cost an additional $3 trillion in the decade beginning in 2028. What will be the additional revenue loss when clever professionals develop ways to game the new rules, such as the ones that confer a discounted tax rate on so-called business income? Some of us are tax professionals. If our highest priority were to maximize our own incomes from tax planning work, we wouldn’t be opposed to this tax plan; we’d be anxiously awaiting its passage. Senator, when it’s all added up, this tax plan will cost much more than $1.5 trillion. We can’t afford it. We also hope you’ll consider some other unfavorable aspects of the Senate bill. For example, the charitable world opposes both the Senate and House bills because of their impact on charitable giving. As we’re sure you’re aware, members of the LDS church who make outsized donations to the church’s work will fare worse, in some cases far worse, than others in their same income bracket because of the manner in which charitable contributions are devalued under the Senate bill. The various charities providing services to veterans and their families play a critical role today, in some cases performing functions that should be within the government’s sphere. Do we really want to hamstring their fundraising efforts? Senator, please also consider how the Senate bill favors wealth over work. Some of us remember that before 1980, wages and salaries were taxed at a rate more favorable than that applied to all other types of income except capital gains. That, to us, reflected values we’d want our society to have. Over the decades, we’ve moved away from those values in our tax system. If the Senate plan were to become law, we will have reversed entirely our priorities of 40 years ago, as wages and salaries will be subject to income tax rates higher than every type of income stream that flows to wealth. In this regard, it’s really not about the bottom and the top. Even at the top, the Senate tax plan provides tax breaks for wealth on the backs of those who work. For example, a highly paid surgeon, after forgoing the opportunity to earn substantial income while going through medical school and a residency, and spending several hundred thousand dollars in tuition and other costs, would be taxed more heavily than someone receiving the same income from ownership in a family business. Not only is that unfair, Senator, it skews our incentives in the wrong direction. If someone has the talent and the drive to become a great surgeon, what sort of society would create tax incentives that steer him down a different path? In closing, we say this: You know that the impact this tax plan could have on our long-term economic security is far more important than any political consideration. If your vote should become “the vote,” and the pressure on you becomes intense, please don’t lose sight of that. It won’t be easy. Thanks for the work you’ve done over the years representing Arizona.
Petition to Kevin Brady, Elizabeth Warren, Edward J. Markey
Students & Educators against GOP Tax Bill
**Edit: Even if you are not a student or educator yourself, but you are opposed to the GOP Tax Bill and the implications on education, please sign!** The newly introduced GOP tax bill, if passed, will have a devastating effect on education in the US. Public school teachers spend, on average, $500 out-of-pocket for school supplies for their classrooms. Under the new tax plan, they will no longer be able to get tax deductions for this money spent. It penalizes teachers and students alike. You can see Rep. Susan DelBene's line of questioning on how corporations will be prioritized over teachers. College students will start paying taxes on the interest accrued for student loans. The change will affect an about 12.4 million people, and is estimated to increase the cost of student loans by $24 billion over the next 10 years. Not only will this negatively impact current college students and recent graduates, but it risks making a college education out of reach for thousands of students. Graduate students will be forced to pay taxes on their tuition waivers, which often surpass the stipend they received. For example, most graduate students receive an annual stipend in the $20K - $30K range, while tuition and fees can range from $12K-$50K depending on your year in a program, and the program itself. The bump into a different tax bracket means students will end up paying an additional $4K-$13K in taxes -- when their income is less than $30K! Some having likened this to "taxing a coupon", and believe the bill will negatively impact American research via brain drain. The GOP tax bill is an assault on American education on all fronts, negatively impacting public school students and teachers, college aged students, recent college grads, PhD students, and researchers housed at colleges and universities. Please sign this petition to signal to Congress: we will not stand for it! Additionally, please consider calling your senator or representative, and asking them to vote no on this bill. Thank you for your time!
Petition to President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Edward J. Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Michael E. Capuano, Niki Tsongas
Keep the teacher's tax deduction in our federal taxes
Imagine you are at work and realize that you are in need of something very important to your success at this job. You go through the proper channels to acquire this item but at every turn are told that this essential item is not truly essential to the job. Some might say, well just get it yourself and move on. Well imagine again that this happens with EVERY item that you need. This is the life of some teachers in this country especially in the most needy of districts. These districts are also the ones with the highest achievement gap. Parents can only provide so much for their children. For some it is a matter of buying clothing or buying the books, notebooks, pencils, markers etc. Clothing is a bit more important. Imagine even further that the situation is choosing between clothing and housing. School supplies do not even enter into their consciousness. Teachers provide for these students because we set our students up to succeed in life. The kids are not the ones that have put their families into these situations. They are just collateral damage. The $250 that teachers can get back via taxes yearly only chips away at the mountain we spend out of our own pockets. Every little bit back helps us to provide the best possible education for the future of our country. By doing away with this help, it impacts those who are the most vulnerable in our country, the children. Please help to make sure that our future has an actual future.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States
Guarantee that the Tax Bill benefits ordinary Americans Most !
The current proposals for the Tax Bill significantly increase the national debt by over 1.5 Trillion dollars, which will be a obligation borne by taxpayers. Most of the provisions of the Tax Bill are given to the wealthy and large corporations, with the hope that benefits will trickle down to ordinary Americans as increased jobs, salaries, and economic investment and growth. However, this hope is not a guarantee. If the American taxpayers are to be the risk takers, in this bill, then the Tax Bill needs to contain provisions to help guarantee this bill provides benefits to ordinary Americans. This can be fixed with simple changes we are proposing in the bill. Specifically we are proposing that: (1) if a company or wealthy individual wants to take advantage of the lower tax rates offered, then 50% of the tax savings, must go to a the employees in the the lower 80% of the company payroll; and (2) an additional 30% of the tax savings must go to capital investments by purchasing products made entirely in the United States of America - otherwise they pay the existing 2016 tax rates.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Dumbledore’s Army Demands that Congress Defend Working Families
Dumbledore’s Army Demands that Congress Defend Working Families In honor of Harry James Potter’s 38th birthday, the American members of Dumbledore’s Army are demanding that the United States Congress defend the lives and livelihoods of American working families. Ever since gaining office, the Republican Party and President Donald Trump have been obsessed with trying to take a Time Turner to our civil liberties and roll back the clock—but enough is enough. As Albus Dumbledore once said: “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” So let’s use our own to share our stories and fight back. And if they don’t listen? Then we’ll respond again, yelling “expelliarmus,” and disarming them of their seats in Congress in November. Health Care. Health care is a leading issue for Muggles and members of the wizarding world alike this election cycle. In the past year and a half, the GOP has tried to sabotage our access to quality, affordable, care at every turn: they tried (and failed) to pass a health care repeal bill, they stripped the individual mandate in the tax bill, they allowed junk insurance plans, and they hiked the cost of care for Americans across the country. Taxes. Last December, Congressional Republicans passed the GOP Tax Scam that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations at the expense of working families and small businesses. And every day, the bill becomes less and less popular.The Republicans told us that these tax cuts were supposed to lead to new jobs and better livelihoods for working families. Instead, it has helped enrich the nation’s largest banks, while most workers have seen no increase in wages—and others are watching their wages go down. Supreme Court. These threats are compounded in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. During his campaign, Trump made it clear that he would choose a nominee who would threaten women’s reproductive rights and who would only act as an extra arm of his administration—and he has kept his promise. If our lawmakers refuse to defend the people they were elected to represent, then we promise to turn our voices into votes and kick them out of office in November. Signed, Dumbledore’s Army.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Department of Energy
Keep $7500 Federal Credit for Electric Car Purchase
Keep $7500 federal credit for electric car purchases so it acts as an incentive for future electric car buyers as global warming gets worse every day. Since electric cars can be expensive, this tax deduction will allow more consumers to purchase electric/plug-in hybrid vehicles. When buying an electric vehicle (EV), the government provides you $7500 to deduct the price of the car. With the current administration, this discount may disappear. The low cost of gasoline cars is what allows many to buy them so frequently. The same could be said with electric vehicles if this tax credit is kept. For all those EV owners (Tesla, Chevrolet, Nissan, BMW, Toyota...) and future EV owners, this is your chance to persuade the current US Government to keep the tax credit allowing you to spend less money when buying electric vehicles.
Petition to President Trump and Congress
Demand that Congress keep the Exemption Deduction for middle income taxpayers.
If middle income taxpayers are supposed to benefit from the new tax law why does President Trump and Congress propose to eliminate a deduction that only benefits the middle income and lower income taxpayers. The exemption deduction is limited for married taxpayers with taxable income over $ 313,800, so this deduction only benefits the low to middle income taxpayer. If President Trump really wants to help middle class taxpayers this deduction should be increased, not eliminated. In other words, this is a tax increase for middle income taxpayers when this deduction is eliminated. The 10% tax bracket should be expanded to cover the first $50,000 of taxable income. This again will provide real middle class tax relief.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Tell Congress to Support EV Tax Credit
Congress is proposing in H.R. 1 to eliminate the federal tax credit for electric vehicles at the end of 2017. Prematurely ending this tax credit will threaten hundreds of thousands of American jobs, weaken American technology leadership, and stifle innovation and customer choice. We urge you to say NO to the repeal of the federal tax credit for electric vehicles.