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What will you do to make sure the ultra rich pay their fair share of taxes?

The tax rate for the richest Americans is the lowest in 30 years. A consistent rise in income inequality has followed the trend of lowering taxes for the rich; thus, creating a oligarchic society

Submitted by: Austin F. from MI
Sept. 27, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Big companies often demand tax credits and pay little tax. How would you fix it?

GAO reports that 20% of large US corporations paid zero taxes by exploiting tax loopholes and tax credits. This is corporate welfare. What specific loophole that you would eliminate?

Submitted by: Raja M. from TX
Sept. 27, 2016, 1:51 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How would you reverse and reduce the ever increasing national debt?

Our national debt has been spiraling out of control, now over 19T which our children can never hope to pay. How would you correct the course of our status as a debtor nation, and reverse the trend?

Submitted by: Michael C. from IN
Sept. 26, 2016, 6:39 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Should we require candidates make their tax returns publicly available?

Disclosures of tax returns, along with specific assets and liabilities could be used to determine how charitable candidates are and to which entities they owe money.

Submitted by: Brent L. from CA
Sept. 27, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Should tax breaks for corporations that outsource American jobs be eliminated?

Republicans since 2002 have protected tax breaks for corporations that outsource American jobs which help lead to mortgage crises and financial meltdown.

Submitted by: Thad S. from CA
Sept. 26, 2016, 6:47 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How will you close tax loopholes for the very wealthy?

As a retired teacher who raised three children alone and who paid taxes I question the moral obligation of the wealthy to use these loopholes for their personal gain. Does this make you smart?

Submitted by: Teresa C. from IA
Oct. 3, 2016, 8:46 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget
Submitted by: LuAnn S. from AZ
Sept. 26, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Social Security & Medicare are underfunded by $70 trillion.How will you fix this

According to table IVB6 of its 2013 Trustees Report, the Social Security system is 32 percent underfunded.

Submitted by: Richard L. from CA
Sept. 27, 2016, 2:02 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Without individual income taxes, how will we fund defense & vets benefits?

Individual income taxes are 47% of federal income (corporate taxes <11%). Taxes fund $600b in defense (my salary, equipment as a deployed Marine) + $163b vets benefits (my healthcare, education today)

Submitted by: Peter K. from NY
Oct. 6, 2016, 1:26 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget
Submitted by: Andrea M. from NC
Sept. 26, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What would you do to make the 1% pay their fair share of taxes?

Even Warren Buffett, a billionaire, says that we have a broken tax system when he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.

Submitted by: F. Michael M. from CA
Oct. 7, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What did you pay in taxes the last 5 years? can we see your tax returns?

I think it is very important to see this of a candidate.

Submitted by: Tammy G. from CA
Sept. 28, 2016, 1:59 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What is your plan to reduce the growing wealth inequality in the US?

Tax policies have created a wealth inequality not seen since the gilded age. What are your plans to change the tax code, reign in CEO pay and make corporations pay a fairer share of taxes.

Submitted by: Melanie B. from CT
Oct. 7, 2016, 4:24 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How will you change taxing to help the quality of life for middle class?

Tax cuts generally help those in the upper class (the 1%). How will those making under $60,000 benefit from your tax plans?

Submitted by: Fel L. from CA
Sept. 29, 2016, 6:55 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Can you prove that you pay your fair share of income taxes?

US citizens' income taxes pay for our military, our infrastructure, and other critical programs that allow our economy and society to function.

Submitted by: T, M. from TX
Sept. 27, 2016, 10:46 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Would you consider exempting social security benefits from taxation?

Currently, depending on total income, up to 85% of social security benefits may be taxed as ordinary income. This "forced" contribution we made while we were working was from "after tax" dollars.

Submitted by: Dawn E. from AZ
Oct. 3, 2016, 9:21 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How will 1 trillion+ in new taxes be good for the middle and lower class?

Economics 101; The rich (aka business) will raise their prices to offset taxes and fees to protect their profit margins. The consumer (aka the middle and lower class) will bear the brunt of the cost.

Submitted by: Doug S. from CA
Sept. 27, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Why should 40% of Americans pay no income tax? What is their "fare share"?

40+ %of Americans pay no income tax (they pay withholding for Social Security, etc. but those funds are not for general issues like roads, defense, etc.)

Submitted by: Joseph H. from TX
Sept. 27, 2016, 1:46 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

What will you do to stop wasteful spending by our government?

18T in debt, no budget in 8 years, and our spending seems to be out of control with little oversight. Our military is at its smallest and oldest fleet size in history yet we give billions to Iran.

Submitted by: Bryan W. from TX
Oct. 7, 2016, 6:59 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

IF elected, will you initiate a simplification of the Federal tax code?

The 1986 Tax Reform Act simplified the tax code, broadened the tax base and eliminated many shelters. Will you commit to devoting serious political capital to doing something similar to this ASAP?

Submitted by: Michael Z. from NC
Sept. 27, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Who is going to overhaul Internal Revenue Service? It is a horrible mess!

All you have to do is ask just about anyone in the public. And it wastes thousands/millions of dollars!

Submitted by: Joanne P. from FL
Sept. 26, 2016, 10:31 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

How will your tax plan specifically help the middle class? Earning $25K-$125K/yr

With over 40% of Americans not paying taxes, and the point.1% getting huge tax loopholes, someone has to carry the burden of paying taxes. How will your proposed tax plan benefit the middle class.

Submitted by: Teresa B. from CA
Oct. 2, 2016, 12:37 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Which one of you has the courage to end the Fed and wipe out the National Debt?

Most people don't know that the Fed is neither federal nor a real reserve. They are Banksters who talked politicians into giving them monopoly on printing our money which they then loan back to us.

Submitted by: Eric B. from NY
Sept. 26, 2016, 7:10 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Do you support a change to residence-based taxation and a repeal of FATCA?

The US requires citizens living abroad to pay tax based on citizenship instead of residency, and to report all foreign bank accounts to the IRS or face huge fines even if they owe no taxes.

Submitted by: Joe B. from CA
Sept. 29, 2016, 8:42 a.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

Would you support capping Congress member's pay & only providing Obamacare Ins?

Congress should not be allowed to give themselves raises and have better insurance (provided by tax payers) than their constituents.

Submitted by: Mrs. D. from FL
Sept. 28, 2016, 8:04 p.m.
Issue area: Taxes & Budget

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