Take Action: November 29 & 30. 2017 Oppose a tax bill that increases the deficit, reduces incentives for charitable donations, raises taxes on the low- and middle-classes, and punishes large families

We are concerned by the tax reform bill being prepared for a vote in the Senate (likely before the end of this week).  Although the bill is name the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” it does not cut taxes for those who need them most.  Instead it

  • Punishes large families by not sufficiently expanding the child tax credit, something needed for larger-than-average families
  • Raises taxes on a large number of low- and middle-income Americans and their families, and hurts them further by forcing cuts to needed government programs. (Read more here.)
  • Reduces the incentive to make donations to churches and charities.
  • Throws fiscal responsibility to the wind, saddling our children with trillions of dollars in new debt by increasing the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

This additional information comes from 5calls.org: “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released yet another analysis of the Senate GOP’s flawed tax plan, and it further reinforces what we already know: this plan will primarily benefit Americans making more than $100,000 a year, while harming low-income taxpayers. The CBO concluded that Americans earning less than $30,000 annually will start paying more in taxes as soon as 2019, while those making less than $40,000 would generally have a higher tax burden by 2021. And while the bill’s massive tax cuts for corporations are permanent, its individual tax cuts expire in 2027; once these cuts expire, the majority of Americans earning less than $75,000 a year would end up paying higher taxes than they do now.

“Lower-income Americans would primarily pay higher taxes under the Senate tax plan because the plan revokes the Affordable Care Act’s individual insurance mandate, which will cause marketplace premiums to increase. As a result, low- and moderate-income people will likely drop their insurance coverage and lose out on the insurance premiums and subsidies they currently receive.

“Although the bill would lead to massive reductions in federal spending on healthcare access, it will still create a deficit of over $1.4 trillion, paving the way for future cuts to critical social safety net programs like Medicaid and Social Security. It is unacceptable for the Senate to pass this corporate giveaway, which is funded in large part by reduced spending on people who need government assistance the most.”

Possible Call Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [TOWN, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge [SENATOR NAME] to oppose the Senate tax plan, which would create a massive deficit and pay for huge tax cuts for corporations by cutting government assistance to the neediest Americans. This bill punishes large families by not sufficiently expanding the child tax credit, something needed for larger-than-average families. In addition, it reduces the incentive to make donations to churches and charities. It is clear this bill is designed to help the rich, not middle-class taxpayers. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

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