Tax Reform

Grocery tax bill resources

The following resources offer background information on Alabama's unfair tax system, explain a fair proposal for removing the state grocery tax, and show how that plan would affect Alabama households.

Off Balance: Alabama's Regressive Tax System

2009 Tax Fairness Amendment

2009 Tax Fairness Amendment FAQ

Tax Fairness Amendment impact chart

 

Looking back to plan ahead

Thank you to all who worked on the "untax groceries" campaign this year! Thousands of people called or wrote their representatives, yet we were stunned when House members failed to achieve the 3/5 majority to bring House Bill 1 up for debate. It's time to go back to the drawing board.

We'd like to know what you think. Should we change our bill? Should we change the way we involve our supporters? What will it take to gain the support of 3/5 of the Legislature and the majority of Alabama voters? Please take a couple of minutes to fill out our 10-question survey. Your input will help inform our strategy decisions over the summer.

Don't forget to get back to your representative. Those who voted Yes deserve a hearty thank-you. Those who voted No, protecting the low taxes of the top 4 percent instead of cutting grocery taxes for 100 percent, need to be held accountable. You can find how your representative voted here. And remember to keep this issue alive during campaign season. Don't forget to vote on June 1!

Making ends meet . . . It's a taxing issue!

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Everyone should shoulder a reasonable share of the costs for education, health care, public safety and other services that provide for the common good in our state. The heaviest load shouldn't fall on those least able to pay. But that's exactly what happens in Alabama's upside-down tax system: Low- and middle-income people pay twice as much of their income in state and local taxes as the top 1 percent do. High sales taxes on consumer items, including groceries, are a big reason why.

By taxing the basic necessities of life, Alabama taxes low-income people deeper into poverty. Alabama is one of only four states with no tax break on groceries. That makes getting by even harder for many low- and middle-income Alabamians as the nation's economy recovers from the Great Recession. Eliminating the 4 percent state grocery tax would save every Alabama household the cost of two weeks' groceries every year! That would pump hundreds of millions of dollars of consumer spending into the economy, and it would make it easier for hundreds of thousands of Alabama families to make ends meet.

Read an Arise op-ed on the grocery tax here.

Find out more about Alabama's "upside-down" tax system here, here and here.

Get your county's income facts here.

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Use this sheet to help us sign up supporters for removing the state grocery tax!

Taxing Workers Deeper into Poverty

Despite our 2006 tax reform -- an increase in the income tax threshold from $4,600 to $12,600 for a family of four -- Alabama continues to tax low-income people deeper into poverty. ACPP supports a further increase of the threshold to the poverty line, indexed for inflation; removal of the state's 4 percent sales tax on groceries; and elimination of the state deduction for federal income taxes paid.

View our fact sheets and other reports on tax reform here.

View the Emmy-winning PBS "Now" episode on Arise's tax reform work.

 

 

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