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LWVUS Position on Federal Tax Policy
Questions and Answers on Federal Tax Policy
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LWVUS Position on Federal Tax Policy

LWVUS position on federal tax policy

Statement of position as adopted by national convention, May 1984

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the federal tax system should:

  • be fair and equitable;

  • provide adequate resources for government programs while allowing flexibility for financing future program changes;

  • be understandable to the taxpayer and encourage compliance;

  • accomplish its objectives without creating undue administrative problems.

Statement of position as announced by national board, March 1985

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the federal tax system, taken as a whole, should be progressive, not proportional.

The League:

  • supports income as the major tax base for federal revenues;

  • believes that the federal income tax should be broad-based with minimal tax preferences and a progressive rate structure;

  • opposes a value-added tax or a national sales tax in the federal revenue system.

Further guidelines:

Under this position, the League of Women Voters would support tax measures that broaden the base and improve the equity of the income tax while working to incorporate progressivity into the system taken as a whole.

In evaluating specific tax preferences, the League will use the following criteria:

  • whether the tax preference promotes equity and progressivity,

  • whether the tax preference effectively furthers League of Women Voters program goals,

  • whether the tax preference is the most efficient means of achieving its purpose.

  • whether the revenue loss from the tax preference is justifiable

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