2018 MCTA Candidate Questionaire Released

The MCTA is pleased to announce that we have finalized our August 2018 Candidate Questionaire.

Please find a link to the survey here. Candidates are strongly advised to print and return the survey to us by Saturday, 8:00 PM May 26th for endorsement consideration.

It is recommended that candidates return the survey in PDF format via email.

(Click here) to download and print the MCTA Candidate Questionnaire.

Tax Freedom Day 2018 is Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tax Freedom Day 2018 is Thursday, April 19, 2018

From the Chair of the Macomb County Taxpayers’ Association, Philis DeSaele (586-254-1284, philis@desaele.us) citing the Tax Foundation.

“Tax Freedom Day is a significant date for taxpayers and lawmakers because it represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden,” said Philis DeSaele, Chair of the Macomb County Taxpayers’ Association (MCTA).

Key findings of the Tax Foundation:

1. Tax Freedom Day falls on April 19, 109 days into 2018
2. Tax Freedom Day will be three days earlier than it was in 2017, due in large part to the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which significantly lowered Federal individual and corporate income taxes law passed by Republicans without a single Democrat vote and signed by Republican Donald J. Trump on Decem-ber 22, 2017.
3. In 2018, Americans will pay $3.4 trillion in federal taxes and $1.8 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of $5.2 trillion, or 30 percent of the nation’s income.
4. Americans will spend more on Federal, State and Local taxes in 2018 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined!
5. If you include annual federal borrowing, which represents future taxes owed, Tax Freedom Day would occur 17 days later, on May 6th.
This year, Americans again will work the longest to pay federal, state, and local individual income taxes (44 days). Payroll taxes will take 26 days to pay, followed by sales and excise taxes (15 days), corporate income taxes (seven days), and property taxes (11 days). The remaining six days are spent paying estate and inheritance taxes, customs duties, and other taxes.

https://files.taxfoundation.org/20180411105322/Tax-Foundation-TFD-2018.pdf
“Taxation is legalized theft,” said MCTA Chair DeSaele, “Working 109 days to pay for our government operations is too much. That’s why the Macomb County Taxpayers’ Association will research and survey candidates for the 2018 election cycle to protect hardworking American paychecks.”
The Macomb County Taxpayers’ Association is a Non-Partisan Organization focusing on lowering taxes and reducing government waste.

The Senate passed the final version on December 20 in a 51–48 vote and that final version was passed by the House of Representatives on that same day. The bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017.
Educational Information. Read the printable PDF document here.

https://mcta-mi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Tax-Freedom-Day-April-19-2018-MCTA-Press-Release-April-19-2018.pdf

Why is Tax Day on April 17 in 2018?

Press Release

Why is Tax Day Tuesday, April 17, 2018, when it is usually April 15?

From the Chair of the Macomb County Taxpayers’ Association, Philis DeSaele (586-254-1284, philis@desaele.us) citing Joseph Thorndike, Contributor to Forbes.com (https://bit.ly/2qDGaOC)

Taxpaying is a civic ritual. The annual ceremony — gathering records, completing returns, rushing to the post office — has been diluted in recent years, especially by the rise of electronic filing. But April 15 remains a national anti-holiday of sorts. It may not be fun, but it’s a burden of American
citizenship.
Tax day has a tendency to shift slightly from year to year, depending on weekends and the proximity of Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. This year returns are due April 17.

But why is April 15 the target for individual filing? Why not a different day, or even a different month?

As it happens, April hasn’t always been tax time in America. Originally, Congress established March 1 as the deadline for filing individual returns. According to the conventional explanation, the decision was driven by the timing of the 16th Amendment. “When the 16th Amendment, which allows Congress to institute the income tax, was adopted on Feb. 3, 1913, Congress chose March 1 — one year and a few dozen days later — as the deadline for filing returns,” explained a 2002 article in Fortune magazine.

Congress soon rethought the timing. In the Revenue Act of 1918, lawmakers gave taxpayers an extra couple of weeks, setting March 15 as the new deadline. Not until 1955 did taxpayers face a new deadline. The Internal Revenue Code of 1954 established April 15 as the tax day we all know and loathe.

“Taxation is legalized theft,” said MCTA Chair DeSaele, “That’s why the Macomb County Tax-payers’ Association will research and survey candidates for the 2018 election cycle to protect hardworking American paychecks and homes.”

The Macomb County Taxpayers’ Association is a Non-Partisan Organization focusing on lowering taxes and reducing government waste.

An Informational letter

Read the printable PDF Press Release [here]

https://mcta-mi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Why-is-Tax-Day-April-17-2018-MCTA-letter-from-the-Chair-April-2018_v1.01.pdf