EthicsDaily.com, produced this documentary film to discuss the link between faith and taxes. The introduction to this video:
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, “except death and taxes.” For centuries, the faithful have said much about death, little about taxes. Yet, taxes support our common life as a society. The Abrahamic faith traditions have much to say on this issue, and some of it will surprise you. See how Jewish, Christian and Muslim people of faith read their sacred texts and what they say morally about taxation.
The ITEP Guide to Fair State and Local Taxes, released in March of 2011, offers citizens, activists, journalists, and policymakers a detailed primer on state and local tax policy. The guide explains the differences between progressive, flat, and regressive taxes — and why you should care. It covers the full range of taxes that states and localities can impose, including personal and corporate income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes, and estate taxes.
Click here to access a PDF of The ITEP Guide to Fair State and Local Taxes.
Click here to access a PDF of the press release about this guide.
October 4th, 2010
Tennessee Report spends some time with TFT and examines TFT's proposals, attitude, and ethics. Videos, interviews, in depth analysis and more! Click here to view.
After years of working to pass tax modernization
in Tennessee, TFT has compiled an extensive array of on-line facts and
resources. The sidebar includes most of TFT's on-line fact sheets. Additional
material and supplemental links are included below.
March, 1st , 2010
TFT presents an action agenda entitled Meeting Tennessee's Needs Today and Tomorrow: A call to improve Tennessee for its communities and its people. This document is an insightful look at the the issues concerning Tennessee's upside down tax structure including: debunking myths that undermine economic growth and real solutions to addressing our economic needs.
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) introduces their new edition of Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States.
"The report makes it clear that state tax systems do not 'just happen'; they are the result of conscious choices by policymakers. Furthermore, according to Who Pays, of the 50 states, Tennessee is the fourth most-biased in favor of the rich. This is just out of control," said John G. Stewart, state chair of Tennesseans for Fair Taxation.
This eye-opening report sheds new light on all the talk we hear in the state
about so-called surpluses and deficits. The problem with such talk, the report
points out, is that it only measures current revenue against previous years
and the low expectations of our elected officials. If Tennessee funded public
structures, from education to environmental protection, at the same level as
our eight neighboring states, Tennessee would be facing a combined state and
local shortfall of $3.4 billion.
Tennessee now has the NATION'S HIGHEST AVERAGE SALES TAX at 9.35%, with the
maximum rate of 9.75% in 30 counties.
What's wrong with having the nation's highest sales tax?