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9th June
2009
written by Sean Noble

Figures this would happen.  I came up with what I thought was a clever solution to Arizona’s budget crisis only to learn that it’s an idea that is already in place in eight other states!  Who knew?  This is from ATR’s Patrick Gleason’s blog:

Last week Sean Noble, author of the blog Noble Thinking, offered a solution for those that insist taxes must be raised in Arizona. Noble suggests “The Arizona Department of Revenue should expand the option of voluntarily paying more taxes by adding a form – let’s call it Form SITIC – for “stuff I think is critical.” Then, all these people who want to pay more taxes can check the box for what their additional contribution will fund.”

ATR supports Noble’s idea and notes that it is not without precedent. The solution Noble offers is a Tax Me More Fund. Arizona lawmakers can simply create a Tax Me More Fund so that people who feel they are under-taxed, like Gov. Brewer, Chuck Coughlin, and Randy Pullen, have a place to send their money. As it stands, 8 states already have a Tax Me More Fund in place.

The concept has it’s origins in the cradle of the liberty movement in America. According to the Center for Fiscal Accountability, Massachusetts led the way in developing a Tax Me More Fund proposal at the turn of the century. After Bay State voters passed a 2000 referendum to lower income taxes, the Voluntary Optional Tax Endowment (VOTE) was introduced as a way for opponents of the tax cut to voluntarily pay at the old rate. In 2001, the MA legislature added a checkbox on its state tax forms in 2001 that allows the taxpayer to decide which tax rate to pay.

ATR agrees that those who claim taxes in AZ aren’t high enough should be given the ability to put their money where there mouth is. ATR urges AZ lawmakers to introduce and pass a bill to create a Tax Me More Fund in the Grand Canyon State. The bill might be most appropiately titled “The Brewer-Coughlin Arizona Patriot Act.”

For a list of states that have enacted Tax Me More Funds, Click Here

I find it pretty ironic that the first state to enact a Tax Me More fund was Massachusetts.

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4 Comments

  1. Kelley
    09/06/2009

    I love the idea of having people put their money where their mouth is, no matter whose idea it was!

  2. Gary C.
    09/06/2009

    What I would like to see is how many people have actually paid into these funds.

  3. Steve
    09/06/2009

    This whole budget situation is laughable. I’ve studied both proposals and I just wish the legislators would be honest in the size of the hold. It is ABSOLUTELY more than $3b and to not deal with it is just dishonest. Instead, they want to push a bad budget they readily admit they’ll have to come back to fix (with a higher per diem)- where’s the taxpayer protection there?

  4. Carol
    09/06/2009

    I don’t know about voluntary taxation, but my accountant friend tells me that if you want to know who gives to charities, it’s most often middle-income conservatives. She said that their giving as compared to income was much higher than one would expect.

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