The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Real Tax Burden

Mar 13, 2006

There is a move by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to eliminate the single business tax. This is after a number of other tax reductions in Michigan for businesses and the wealthy.

You would think they keep doing this because businesses are way over-taxed in Michigan. But the opposite is the truth. Michigan is below the national average for business taxes. But everywhere in the country, the proportion of taxes paid by businesses and the wealthy has been going down.

So who is paying more taxes? Everyone else! In fact, Michigan is one of the worst states in regard to taxing the poor. According to a recent report, Michigan is the 4th worst when it comes to taxing those below the poverty level.

So if there should be any tax relief, it should be for the poor and working class.

Think of it: We’re paying more for gas, for our heating bills, and all our bills–yet they want to give relief only to the rich!