Tax Reform Action Alert


The House and Senate hastily passed haphazardly written tax reform bills the past few weeks. Days before the Senate vote, the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation said that the Senate bill will add $1 trillion to deficit over a decade (even with economic growth) and that almost 1 in 10 Americans would see their tax bills go up; while the Congressional Budget Office said it would hurt workers earning less than $30,000 a year in short order and Americans earning $75,000 a year and below would see their taxes increase by 2027.

 Meanwhile, both tax plans include huge tax breaks for corporations, and benefits that only apply to the most wealthy-including the repeal of the estate tax and an exemption for private planes.

Why This Matters:

Even if you get a tax cut under the new plan, the Tax Plan does not include any way to pay for new tax breaks, which will increase the deficit by TRILLIONS of dollars. This deficit increase will later result in cuts to social programs, including SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition Programs, as well as housing assistance, disability services for children, child care, Head Start, Pell Grants that help low-income students pay for college, tax credits for low and middle income families, and health care.

What You Can Do:

It's not too late! Even though the first bills passed, they must now be reconciled into one bill in Conference and that must be passed again through both houses of Congress. You can still make your voice heard!

1. Contact Utah’s Congressional delegation and ask them to not support any Tax Plan that increases the deficit and leaves out low and moderate income families.
2. Ask them, “What are you going to do, specifically, to protect and strengthen the programs that low-income working families need to make ends meet?” 

Senator Orrin Hatch: 202-224-5251
Senator Mike Lee: 202-224-5444

Suggested Script: I'm ---- -----, a constituent calling to request that Senator ____ support Utah families and protect Utahns by rejecting the Senate Tax Plan. Senate leaders’ new tax plan will add trillions to the deficit at the expense of working families, funded by slashing support for SNAP, Medicaid, nutrition programs, education, and more. Meanwhile, the plan’s boost to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) leaves out 10 million children in low-income families and takes the CTC away from millions of children in immigrant families. It’s wrong to give special tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful at the expense of low-income families. Please tell Sen._____________ to reject this reckless plan. Thank you.