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Tell Congress: Pass a Wealth Tax now!

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    Tell Congress: Pass a Wealth Tax now!

    Petition to Congress:
    We urge you to pass a Wealth Tax now!

    Will you sign the petition to demand that the ultra-rich pay their taxes? 

    ProPublica just uncovered an enormous trove of IRS data on the tax returns of the richest people in the US.1

    What they found is that billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffet only pay a tiny fraction of income tax proportional to how much they gain each year. Some of them have even gotten away with paying $0, multiple years in a row.

    Worst of all, it’s all totally legal. Our tax system is designed to safeguard billionaires.

    ProPublica’s investigation has revitalized the push for a Wealth Tax — which is why we need you to voice your support, right now. Under this legislation, the ultra-rich would finally pay taxes on the billions they gain each year, which would provide much-needed funds for public infrastructure, healthcare, and social services benefitting working people.

    Sign the petition: Stop billionaires from getting away with paying $0 in taxes — Congress must pass a Wealth Tax now! 

    Most Americans are taxed on their annual salary. But that’s not how the ultra-rich make their money. They amass billions of dollars through investing in stocks, bonds, and real estate — all of it deliberately taxed at much lower rates.

    Between 2014 and 2018, the 25 richest people in the country gained a total of $401 billion. Collectively, they paid a total of 3.4% in income tax. Jeff Bezos paid 1% of his gains — and Warren Buffett paid just 0.1%.

    Meanwhile, middle class Americans were paying as much in income tax as the amount their net worth expanded, if not more.

    Billionaires have long deceptively reported meager incomes in order to entirely bypass an income tax, take advantage of numerous loopholes, and amass their fortunes on the backs of working people. Join us in demanding that Congress stop letting billionaires get away with it!

    Sign the petition: Demand that Congress pass a Wealth Tax now! 

    1. ProPublica, "The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax," June 8, 2021.