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VIDEO: Happy Tax Day, The System Is Rigged

JULY 15, 2020

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VIDEO: Happy Tax Day, The System Is Rigged

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today is the deadline for millions of Americans to file their taxes and pay their fair share into our economy — but you know who won’t be paying their fair share? The wealthy, the powerful, and the corporations they lead.

Watch our video about Tax Day 2020

The Trump administration announced this year it would push Tax Day back three months to help Americans deal with the financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic. In those three months, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, the White House and congressional Republicans have refused to extend successful relief programs for families, and America’s billionaires have become $584 billion richer at everyone else’s expense. 

Tax March Campaign Director Dana Bye issued the following statement:

“The Trump administration promised $300 billion would be injected into the economy by delaying Tax Day. Here’s what the American people got instead: unemployment hit historic highs, big businesses benefited most from the PPP, and frontline workers were left without hazard pay as they risked their lives for corporate profits. Billionaires did rack up another $584 billion, though. So, Trump’s promise of economic growth did partially come true — but, as usual, only for billionaires. 

The same system that exacerbates economic inequality also empowers the systemic oppression of Black and Brown people. Inequality and racism are symptoms of the same disease: policy decisions made by the rich and powerful, for the rich and powerful. 

But, we don’t have to live in a rigged system where Amazon pays less in taxes than a middle-class family, and where our taxes subsidize violent police instead of being invested in our communities. And the majority of people believe taxing the rich will help our recovery from this broken system.

Today is not a regular tax day. This is a moment in history we will look back on and wonder what each of us did to fight for the equity, health, and dignity of the American people. Today is a new chance to be on the right side of history.” 

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