Tax Day action needed on the Child Tax Credit!
Did you know Tax Day is next Monday (April 18th)? I know….it really creeped up on me this year as well!
This is the perfect opportunity for us to spread the word about our values, our concerns, and what our families really, truly need: Congress to take action to make sure billionaires pay their fair share in taxes AND extend the monthly Child Tax Credit checks.
***Take action this Tax Day! Send a fast, easy letter to the editor today (so it’s published in time for Tax Day) to your local paper outlining the types of tax policies we need Congress to pass in the coming months! (Don’t worry—our cool tool makes it super easy for you to submit a letter to your local paper. We’ll walk you through all the steps and even supply sample language!)
This is the fourth month that our families are missing the monthly Child Tax Credit checks because Senate Republicans and Senator Joe Manchin blocked the extension of this critical program late last year. Meanwhile, I don’t have to tell you how necessary those monthly checks are to millions of families—especially as the cost of food, gas, diapers, formula, and other items go up and up! Inflation is costing families the equivalent of the lapsed CTC payments each month. A Moody’s Analytics analysis found that inflation is costing the average U.S. household an additional $296/month—the monthly CTC payments would offset that cost for most families if Congress were to extend it in the economic reconciliation package being debated in Congress right now. 
Another critical piece that must be included in the economic reconciliation package is making sure the ultra-wealthy and mega-corporations pay their fair share. America’s billionaires have grown $2.1 trillion richer during the pandemic, their collective fortune skyrocketing by 70%.  Meanwhile, moms are being forced to quit their jobs because they can’t afford childcare and 1 in 7 households with children are struggling to put food on the table.  Congress must tax billionaires once and for all and use that money to fund programs that lift up our families and struggling communities.
***All of this is why it is SO important for you to take action now and submit a letter to the editor to your local paper! (Once you click on this link we’ll walk you through the fast steps to submit a letter to your local paper, including providing sample language).
Why do letters to the editor matter so much? Simply put—U.S. Senators and Representatives read their local papers! By submitting a letter you are helping us raise the profile on this very important issue and ringing the alarm bells that we expect Congress to pass these provisions in the coming months.
Don’t worry—sending the Letter to the Editor is super easy! When you click on the link above, we’ll lead you through a quick process to write a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper. This tool is pretty magical—you can easily edit our pre-drafted letter, if you wish (inserting your personal story if you have one!), and send it to your paper with just a few clicks.
The pre-drafted letter (which you can edit when you click through to the link!) simply says:
“It is long past time for those who have the most to pay their fair share! This Tax Day our elected leaders need to finally do right by our families and economy by passing common-sense tax policies like extending the monthly Child Tax Credit checks and taxing billionaires and mega-corporations.
Moms and our families are hurting and our unfair tax policies are part of the problem—but there are solutions before Congress right now that would make a big difference. Inflation is costing the average U.S. household an additional $296/month but the monthly Child Tax Credit payments would offset that cost for most families if Congress were to extend it in the economic reconciliation package being debated right now. The monthly CTC checks make a huge difference and were responsible for an unprecedented reduction in child poverty of almost 40%.
This reduction in child poverty can be paid for by making sure the ultra-wealthy finally pay their fair share. American billionaires’ collective fortune skyrocketed by 70% during the pandemic, while families have struggled with unemployment, lack of childcare, and food insecurity. Congress must tax billionaires once and for all and use that money to fund programs that lift up our families and struggling communities.
This isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s how we boost our economy for everyone.”
**Help us put pressure on Congress to pass tax policies that tax the rich and lift up our families. Send a letter to the editor today so it will be published in time for Tax Day (April 18th).
Thank you so much for continuing to take action on these important issues! After you send your own letter to the editor forward this email to your friends and family and encourage them to send one as well. You also can post our action link on social media so people can take action as well.
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