Keep Calling! They’re worried…
The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation just reaffirmed what we’d already figured out because…math. They just delivered the bad news to the GOP.
Mark your calendars! Here’s the #TrumpTaxScam battle plan.
- GOP completed Phase #1 of the #TrumpTaxScam. Both chambers can now ram this flaming turd through with a simple majority. (read about it here)
- Nov. 1st: Didn’t happen…hmmm…
- November 1: legislative text of the Trump Tax Scam
will be released. DELAYED ‘TIL THURSDAY….hmmmm…
- November 2: Indivisible and national allies join for National Call-in Day. We all called in and lit up their office lines!
- November 2: The GOP released their flying monkeys! Click here and here. Read the whole damn bill here. 429 pages.
- Week of November 6: multi-day mark up in the House Ways & Means Committee.
- November 7th: The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation said this tax bill is bad for the middle class.
- November 6-10: National Week of Action to defeat the #TrumpTaxScam. Find an event near you. Click here! Graphic link to make your own mask!
- November 10th: RALLY IN VENTURA
- Week of November 13: House vote
- Week of November 13: mark up in the Senate Finance Committee
- Week of November 20: Senate vote
- We prevent their victory! We make them lose again!
Pick-a-script, collect the whole set!
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I would like [legislator’s name] to stop the #TrumpTaxScam because… [fill in one or more of your favorite reasons from below]
- …only the top 1% will actually benefit from this and it will hurt the poor and middle-class. (NYT)(Hill)
- raising the tax 2% on the poor and raising the tax bracket thresholds on the rich is morally wrong. (Hill)
- …it will lead to huge Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security cuts to pay for the cuts, hurting all of us who aren’t millionaires. (Atlantic)
- Republicans wanted to take away our health insurance when we get sick. Now they want to take away our right to deduct our own health-care spending when you get sick. With the GOP, we simply can’t afford to get sick. (roll call)
- …cutting corporate taxes will not boost wages. It will just make corporations richer while making us poorer and destroying our health care. (EPI)
- …an estimated 35% of this proposed tax benefit, 700 billion dollars, will go to wealthy foreigners and foreign businesses.which we’ll pay for with our own social safety net. (NYT)
- Repealing or raising the exemption of the estate tax is a giveaway to our superrich .2%. It only affects the dollar amount that EXCEEDS a $5.49 million dollar exemption level (for a single person, ±11 millionfor a couple). The GOP wants to double that threshold, then eliminate it entirely in 10 years. Much of that wealth is unrealized capital gains that has never been taxed. (cbpp)
- …we don’t want to repeat the failed Kansas Experiment on a nationwide level. (npr)
- …we know that the $4000-chicken-in-every-pot is a lie and everyone who says it’s true should be ashamed of themselves. The small returns some will get will be a drop in the bucket for increased health care costs. (wsj)
- …the three main “features” of this plan – allowing the rich to use “pass-thru” corporations to drop their taxes to 25%, the removal of the “Alternate Minimum Tax” and doubling the “estate tax” to $11 million dollars per person and removing it completely after 10 years help the very rich. Do they think we’re idiots? (NYT)(Hill)
messing with our 401k and retirement savings to give the rich more money to stow away in overseas accounts at the cost of our health care and social safety net is morally bankrupt.(business insider)
- …opening up drilling in the arctic, ruining habitat and killing animals, to pay for rich people’s tax cuts is immoral. (NYT)
- …it increases the inequity of wealth between racial groups while hurting all poor and middle class people. (prosperity now)
- …getting rid of housing tax exemptions will lead us into a recession. (politico)
- blue states like mine will be hit with elimination of our state and local tax deductions. Limits on property tax deductions and mortgage home interest deductions will hit taxpayers in expensive cities and drop our home values.(Hill)
- it will eliminate the interest deduction on student loans, which affects about a third of Americans with student debt as well as eliminating employer-provided educational assistance and other higher education tax provisions. (Hill)
- charities will lose contributions as the ability to claim the deduction will be reduced. (Hill)
- it would eliminate of the medical expense deduction (abc)
- end the casualty loss deduction (abc)
- preclude taxpayers from deducting moving expenses to take a new job. (abc)
- it eliminates the ability to issue several types of tax-advantaged bonds, including bonds that help finance low-income housing and infrastructure. (Hill)
- new GOP bill allows “unborn children” to be a “treated as designated beneficiary or an individual,” for the purposes of a 529, a college savings account that provides a hefty tax break. This is a backdoor ploy for establishing legal personhood for fetuses. (slot)
- this bill cuts provisions for children once they’re born. It eliminates some childcare benefits, it eliminates the adoption credit, it makes cuts in education benefits, and a whole host of other things that families need.(slot)
- it would eliminates tax credit for electric vehicles: “The tax plan proposed by House Republicans has hiding in it the repeal of a $7,500 tax credit that has arguably been one of the main drivers of electric vehicle purchases.(techcrunch)
- it would eliminate the adoption credit which enables taxpayers to claim a credit of $13,570 per eligible child and cut the deduction for dependent care assistance. (abc)(vox)
- …not only will it gut our social safety net, it will actually increase taxes on the middle class and poor. This is a gigantic con game! (NYT)
(We’ll keep adding! Send in your favorite tax script ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org with attached reference!)
Up to November 13th, call your Reps.!
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
After November 13th, call your Senators!
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
A Zillionaire’s solution. Tax the Rich and Save the Economy. (politico)
Seven Ways the Wealthy Raise Taxes on the 99 Percent After Cutting Them for Themselves (kos)
This cartoon explains how the Republican tax bill makes Donald Trump richer. (Vox)
Paul Ryan’s poster family for middle-class tax cuts would ultimately get a tax hike. Ooops! (Vox)
(From WTF Just Happened Today – Nov. 1) House Republicans delayed the release of their tax bill until Thursday as they try to meet the $1.5 trillion spending limit set by the budget. The tax plan is expected to maintain the top individual tax rate of 39.6%, cut the corporate tax rate to 20%, delay the planned repeal of the estate tax, and limit the individual tax-free contributions to 401(k)s. Trump has insisted that the bill be called the Cut Cut Cut Act and called on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of its tax overhaul. (NBC News / Wall Street Journal / ABC News)
(From Indivisible SF) “… all 14 House Republicans from California voted in favor of removing state and local tax (SALT) deductions, effectively voting against their constituents’ interests. Even with SALT deductions, California still gives the federal government more money than it receives.