Americans’ Opinions on Taxes

by Public Works on March 31, 2015 in March 2015 eNewsletter

opinions on taxesAmericans for Tax Fairness compiled the results of numerous studies to get an understanding of how Americans feel about taxes and government spending. Here are some interesting nuggets:

  • By 62% to 32%, 2014 Election Day voters favor “raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations to fund priorities like education, job training, and deficit reduction.”
  • By 82% to 9%, voters believe that “reform[ing] the tax system by closing corporate loopholes and limiting deductions for the wealthy” should be used to “reduce the budget deficit and make new investments” rather than to “reduce tax rates on corporations and the wealthy.”
  • Two-thirds (65%) of Americans believe that corporations pay too little in taxes, when asked “Overall, do you think large business corporations pay their fair share in taxes, pay too (little), or pay too (much).”
  • By 73% to 25% voters want to “close loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid paying U.S. taxes by shifting income to overseas tax havens.”
  • 90% of small business owners think “big corporations use tax loopholes to avoid taxes that small businesses have to pay,” and 92% think that “tax loopholes for big corporations” is a problem.

The document Americans for Tax Fairness put together includes links to all of the surveys quoted. It’s worth looking at out how the surveys ask similar questions but with minor changes in the wording, and how that affects the responses.


Showing what’s at stake in NC’s tax debates

by Public Works on March 31, 2014 in Making the Case

Taxes are a means to important ends – the ends being great schools, healthier and safer communities, and so on. Yet too often advocates for adequate revenues miss the chance to connect the dots between revenues and what they pay … Continue reading

A Tax System That Works for All Arkansans

by Public Works on October 28, 2013 in Changemakers

Talking about tax fairness without triggering all-taxes-are-bad thinking is tricky. That’s why we admired this new set of materials (press release, report, news clip) from Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. In promoting its new report about taxes in Arkansas, … Continue reading

Explaining the Impact of Tax Cuts in Idaho

by Marcia Kinsey on October 18, 2013 in Changemakers

In the 2013 Legislative Session, Idaho legislators debated repealing the personal property business tax. If their proposal passed, businesses would have seen a $140 million decrease in their taxes and their commitment to supporting Idaho’s public systems. Meanwhile public education, … Continue reading

Explaining Amendment 66 in Colorado

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Changemakers

Making budget amendments understandable is no small feat. That’s why we were impressed with this website that was launched in support of Amendment 66 in Colorado, a ballot initiative that will raise taxes to provide support for public education. The … Continue reading

Service-Driven Heroes and Public Goods

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Government

Hardly a month goes by when we don’t recommend something from his eminence, Robert Reich. This month we couldn’t limit ourselves to just one. First, we were moved by this short piece from Reich about the motivation of some public … Continue reading

Public Structures Are Vital for Communities

by Public Works on June 27, 2013 in Changemakers

In this piece from the Huffington Post, Richard Kirsch, senior fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, offers us a great model for talking about the value of the public systems and structures, the benefits that businesses and their employees gain from … Continue reading