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FROM READERS: 'Bowling for Tax Dodgers' event shows impact of tax breaks

By ROBIN ACREE/MISSOURIAN READER
April 17, 2013 | 3:41 p.m. CDT
Grass Roots Organizing members took copies of the top ten corporate tax dodgers and attached them to a child's bowling pin set. According to Executive Director Robin Acree, these pins represent the billions of profits these big companies hide and the amount of tax responsibility that they avoid.

Robin Acree is the Executive Director of GRO - Grass Roots Organizing, and helped conduct the tax dodger bowling action outside the Post Office.

On Monday — the Tax Day deadline — Grass Roots Organizing held a ‘Bowling for Tax Dodgers’ action outside of the downtown Columbia post office. The local group used the opportunity to show how tax breaks for the super rich and loopholes for corporations reduce public investment and increase burdens on families and states by forcing cuts in important benefits and services we all rely upon.

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Tax Dodger trading cards were placed on bowling pins, and people took them down with a toy bowling ball. Residents wanted to show the economic impact if the big corporations would stop stashing profits in offshore tax havens and actually paid the corporate tax rate of 35%.

The simple truth is that millions of working families pay more in taxes than some of the biggest and most profitable corporations in America pay. ExxonMobil, General Electric, FedEx, Honeywell, Verizon — all have paid little or no income taxes.

"GE could bring good things to life, if they would stop dodging their tax responsibility," said Robin Acree. “Strengthening public investment could improve this post office, the police department across the street and create good paying jobs to fix the potholes in the roads.”

Leading up to Tax Day, GRO and the national campaign Americans for Tax Fairness called attention to 10 corporations that are dodging their fair share of taxes with a set of Corporate Tax Dodger Trading Cards. See the full list of corporate tax dodgers at www.AmericansForTaxFairness.org/TradingCards/.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor Joy Mayer.