Congress will vote this month on whether to renew the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 under the presidency of George W. Bush. Please tell Congress to end these tax cuts for the top 2 percent. As we fight to protect the Medicaid lifeline, it’s time to end tax cuts for those who need them the least.
The Arc has longstanding language in our legislative agenda supporting increased revenue if necessary. A fair tax system will help ensure that revenue is raised to pay for critical disability services and supports. This starts by allowing the tax breaks that were intended to be temporary to expire as scheduled for the top 2 percent. Our nation must also make critical investments that create and sustain jobs while taking a balanced approach to addressing America’s fiscal challenges.
What disability advocates should know about the tax cuts:
- Allowing the tax cuts to expire for the top 2 percent – those households making over $250,000 a year – would generate about $1 trillion. But if these special tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans continue, it will be harder to protect important disability programs, like Medicaid, Social Security, housing, education, and employment from deep cuts and reduce the deficit.
- A wealthy person who earns $1 million a year gets an average tax break of about $143,000, while a middle-class person making $50,000 gets an average tax break of only about $1,000, a low income individual earning $15,000 only gets an average tax break of $323.
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What to say:
- Allow the tax cuts to expire for the top 2 percent—those making more than $250,000 a year.
- Oppose any extension of tax cuts for the top 2 percent—even a temporary one.
- It’s time for the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share so that we can protect disability programs, like Medicaid, which is a lifeline to people with disabilities and their families.