A recent study by a nonprofit research group finds Alabama families living at the federal poverty line paid more in state income taxes in 2011 than similar families living in any other state. According to the study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a family of four making $23,018 owed $548 in Alabama income taxes. Only 15 states levy state income taxes on families making less than the federal poverty level. It’s shameful that Alabama does and nobody in state government, including the Legislature, should accept that. Consider that a similar family in Georgia would pay $273 and a Mississippi family would pay $103 and it’s quite evident that things in Alabama must be changed.
The executive director of the Alabama Citizens’ Policy Project, Kimble Forrister, said Alabama’s income tax for families at the poverty line is a stark reminder of how much the state’s tax system requires of low-income citizens. We have a regressive tax structure in our state and a system that favors the wealthy. It’s time for tax reform in Alabama and hopefully a move in that direction will start during the Bentley Administration. If that happens, Gov. Bentley will go down in history as a leader who actually led!
Source: Associated Press
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