- April 15th Stark Reminder of Crushing Tax Burden -
AUSTIN-- Representative Tony Dale (Cedar Park) announced the observance of National Tax Day on April 15th. Representative Dale said, “It is the ideal time to remember that the hard-earned tax dollars belong to the taxpayers, not the government. Elected officials are custodians of taxpayer dollars and those funds belong to hard-working Texas citizens.”
Representative Dale added, “Mark Twain once said, ‘the only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.’” This sentiment reflects the feeling of most Americans on April 15th each year as they are faced with the burdensome, complicated and increasingly difficult task of filing their annual tax returns.
Texas is one of nine states that have no individual income tax. Texas also has one of the lowest tax burdens in the country, ranking as a Top 10 Best State in the Tax Foundation's 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index.
Representative Dale contrasted the excessive federal tax policy with Texas’s low tax approach to state government. Representative Dale said, “Every year when I file my federal tax return, I’m reminded of how fortunate we are in Texas to not have a personal income tax.” Representative Dale credited strong fiscal stewardship from conservative leaders as the reason Texas has been able to keep state taxes low, as well as controlling excessive government regulations that stifle economic development.
Because of Texas’s low tax burden, Texas is constantly drawing new business to the state. Last month, Texas won Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup for 2012, which is awarded annually to the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the year. Additionally, according to the Brookings Institution, Texas is home to six out of the fourteen cities that have more jobs now than before the recession. Austin saw the highest percentage increase in jobs of any city in the nation over the last year.
Representative Dale added, “I’m committed to ensuring that Texas remains a low-tax, less government place to live, work and raise a family. I’m focused this legislative session on being a vigilant custodian of taxpayer’s dollars because I understand the fundamental nature of excessive government growth and regulation.”
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