Steep tax barriers make hard lives harder

Almost a quarter-century ago, The Birmingham News began an editorial series with this simple declaration: Alabama's taxes are unfair.

We have spent decades advocating for comprehensive tax reform, for rebuilding a revenue-collection system that has proved to be inefficient and inadequate, as well as unfair. We have made very little progress. The biggest step toward tax fairness was a long-overdue adjustment to the income tax that raised the threshold at which we begin taxing income.

While comprehensive tax reform remains elusive, the Legislature again this year has an opportunity to distribute the tax burden more fairly.

Read Tom Scarritt's Birmingham News column here.

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