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Green Party on Tax Reform

Party Platform


A universal basic income (negative income tax) for everyone

We call for a universal basic income (sometimes called a guaranteed income, negative income tax, citizen’s income, or citizen dividend). It would go to every adult regardless of health, employment, or marital status, in order to minimize government bureaucracy and intrusiveness into people’s lives; the amount would be sufficient so that anyone who is unemployed can afford basic food and shelter; and local governments would supplement it where the cost of living is above the norm.
Source: 2008 Green Party Platform from 2008 Chicago Convention , Jul 13, 2008

Tax incentives to redistribute unbalanced wealth

The accumulation of individual wealth in the U.S. has reached grossly unbalanced proportions. It is clear that we cannot rely on the rich to regulate their profit-making excesses for the good of society through “trickle-down economics”. We must take aggressive steps to restore a FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME. We support tax incentives for businesses that apply fair employee wage distributions standards, and income tax policies that restrict the accumulation of excessive individual wealth.
Source: Green Party Platform, at 2000 National Convention , Jun 25, 2000

Reform system to provide tax justice

Middle-class and poor people are paying an ever greater proportion of federal taxes, and too often local and state taxes are unfair and regressive. The tax code is a labyrinth of deductions, loopholes, exemptions and write-offs, the result of insider- and industry-lobbying that has damaged our economy as it has served the interests of big business and financial institutions.

We call for SYSTEM-WIDE TAX REFORM that acts to simplify the tax system. Subsidies, export incentives, tax loopholes and tax shelters that benefit large corporations now amount to hundreds of billions of dollars each year and must be cut to the bone.

We call for a tax policy that moves to eliminate loopholes and other exemptions that favor powerful interests over TAX JUSTICE. Small business, in particular, should not be penalized by a tax system which benefits those who can “work” the legislative tax committees for breaks and subsidies.

Source: Green Party Platform, at 2000 National Convention , Jun 25, 2000

Support progressivity; no flat tax

Source: Green Party Platform, at 2000 National Convention , Jun 25, 2000

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