In Idaho, tax reform actually means, “Dumping the tax burden on the poor.”

Idaho lawmakers want to flatten the state’s income tax, which is a fancy way of saying they want the rich to pay less and the poor to pay more.

Here’s our current situation.

Idaho’s tax code disproportionally affects the poor.
Idaho’s tax code disproportionally affects the poor.

The reason poor people pay a higher share of their income than the wealthy is due to regressive taxes such as sales and gas taxes. Grocery taxes, with it’s accompanying tax credit, is slightly progressive.

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If lawmakers want the poor to pay an even greater share of their income in taxes, they could flatten the income tax.

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Lo and behold, that’s exactly HB 311 will do.

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