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Bring Balance To Texas Taxes


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A quick analysis of how sales, property, and income taxes impact low- to moderate-income Texans and what opportunities we have to better balance our tax system.

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Bring Balance To Texas Taxes

  1. 1. Bringing Balance to Texas Taxes Lonny Stern, Outreach Director 512.320.0222 ext 107 [email_address]
  2. 2. Who pays the most taxes? <ul><li>Rich? </li></ul><ul><li>Middle Class? </li></ul><ul><li>Poor? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Those with the Lowest Income Pay the Most in State and Local Taxes Source: Comptroller of Public Accounts
  4. 4. One-Fifth of Texas Households Pays Less Than Their Fair Share Source: Comptroller of Public Accounts
  5. 5. Why do we pay taxes? <ul><li>Roads/bridges/ports (commerce) </li></ul><ul><li>Education (research, workforce development) </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care (productivity) </li></ul><ul><li>Public Facilities (quality of life) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology (efficiency & commerce) </li></ul><ul><li>Public Safety (first responders & oversight) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What are we Funding with Taxes? (TX State Budget 08-09) Texas State Budget ’08-’09 | Source: Comptroller of Public Accounts
  7. 7. Texans Pay High Sales & Property Taxes Because we have No Income Tax…
  8. 8. What’s Wrong with JUST Sales & Property Taxes? <ul><li>Sales Tax </li></ul><ul><li>Very regressive </li></ul><ul><li>High impact on poor and young </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t capture services </li></ul><ul><li>Property Tax </li></ul><ul><li>Regressive </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts renters </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent on reported values </li></ul>Regressive lower income families pay larger % of their income Progressive higher income families pay larger % of their income Tax Balance
  9. 9. A State Income Tax Would Build a More Balanced Tax System for all Texans
  10. 10. How Would An Income Tax Work?
  11. 11. More Ways to Better Balance Texas Taxes <ul><li>Circuit Breakers – a targeted tax credit to protect low to moderate-income Texans from a property tax “overload” </li></ul><ul><li>Sales price disclosure – all commercial & private property sales prices must be reported to the state </li></ul><ul><li>Sunset review – all tax breaks and credits should be reviewed periodically by the Legislature. </li></ul>Tax Balance
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