Simpler graduated income tax proposed

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – One commission is looking to make the state’s income tax code simpler. 22News spoke with taxpayers who say they’d support the change.

The Tax Fairness Commission met on Tuesday and plan to present to the Legislature next week.

The commission wants to address inequalities for low and middle income taxpayers.  It proposes the state change property tax guidelines allowing all low income families a tax break that’s currently only offered to seniors.

The commission also wants to introduce a graduate income tax.  In this case, the tax would increase based on salary.

David Sanders of Florence told 22News, “I believe that the amount of money you make doesn’t always reflect the value that you contribute to society.  I don’t think it correlates with your ability or worth.”

“Taxes keep going up and money keeps going down. So yeah, I think that would be something that if they could pass it and it would happen I think it would be a very good thing for Massachusetts,” said Lisa Bailey of Florence.

The committee is also working to lower the minimum for corporate tax paid by small businesses.  Currently, Massachusetts is the third highest in the country.

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