Advocates Push For Change To State Tax Structure

April 14, 2014 9:12 PM
Advocates Push For Change To State Tax Structure
" BOSTON (CBS) — Tuesday is another tax deadline in a state where residents pay the 11th highest share of their income in state and local taxes, according to the Tax Foundation.

But is the tax burden fair in the state?

House Taxation Committee Chairman Rep. Jay Kaufman says change is needed.

And Barbara Anderson of Citizens for Limited Taxation takes a dim view of the state’s tax structure, but for completely different reasons.

“The problem is that our total tax burden is still one of the highest in the country,” Anderson said.

Kaufman wants to amend the state constitution to impose a graduated income tax, where the more you earn the higher your tax rate, a more fair system, he claims that would only raise taxes on the top 20-percent earners.

“I think the public will understand, they may not like it but they will understand that there really is no other good fix for this tax system,” Kaufman said.

But Anderson sees this as a tactic to divide and conquer tax resistance as a precursor to raising middle class taxes "

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