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.
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A comparison of average sales tax rates for all 50 states. Tennessee
is currently tied for the nation's highest average state and local sales tax.
The history of so-called 'temporary' sales tax hikes in Tenn.
The consequences Tennessee's outdated and inadequate tax system has on state
services. Reverse side lists some of the main reasons why the sales tax no longer
works in our 21st Century economy.
An easy-to-understand look at why the sales tax is unfair. Two family budgets
are put side-by-side using pie charts and graphics.
Yes, this is the yellow & blue fact sheet many have seen (10,000 distributed).
It's usually copied on 11x17 paper with the two pie charts side by side in the
Other fact sheets and downloads are below:
- A look at three revenue options before Tennessee.
- Which one creates a level playing field.
- An overview of the key advantages of an income tax versus a sales tax.
- A comparison of Tennessee's tax system with the system in South Carolina.
- A summary of the neighboring state's moves to eliminate their food tax.
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