Washington, DC -- On this tax filing day, Mayor Vincent C. Gray today noted that District of Columbia taxpayers are expected to pay almost $3.9 billion in federal personal income taxes before the end of 2011, while being denied the democratic rights enjoyed by every other taxpaying American. If the District’s tax bill were spread over the course of the year, District residents would contribute an estimated $1.15 billion to the federal treasury thus far, an analysis shows.
“Tax filing day is a glaring reminder that the residents of the District of Columbia are still treated like second class citizens as Congress refuses to grant us budget and legislative autonomy, and voting representation, even though we meet the full responsibilities of citizenship,” said Mayor Gray. “I urge all D.C. taxpayers individually and collectively to join the fight against this injustice so that our battle for full democracy stays on the front burner.”
At 6 PM today (Monday), the Mayor will speak at a protest Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners are staging at 2nd Street and Constitution Avenue, NE, to demand autonomy and independence.
As Chairman, Gray, along with the Council, in 2009 erected a digital message board outside the John A. Wilson Building to keep a running tally of taxes paid to raise awareness about the District’s plight. (Photo attached.) An analysis by the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Finance shows that D.C. residents pay $123.36 per second, $10.66 million per day; or $324.19 million per month. These totals are higher than federal personal income taxes paid in nine states: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.
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