Irwin and Rutledge encourage residents to get answers on tax changes at town hall
State Reps. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, and David Rutledge, D-Superior Township, are planning to host a town hall on Monday to answer any questions residents may have on recent changes to Michigan's tax structure, including increases in the pension tax.
The two lawmakers will be joined by Mitch Bean of Great Lakes Economic Consulting and Felicia Wasson of the American Association of Retired Persons of Michigan.
The town hall starts at 6 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College's Morris Lawrence Building at 4800 E. Huron River Drive.
The state budget cuts approved by the Republican-led Legislature — partly to close a $1.4 billion deficit and partly to finance $1.8 billion in tax breaks for businesses — negatively impacted schools, universities, cities, townships, counties and low-income wage earners, among other groups, while raising pension taxes for senior citizens.
Those changes angered Democrats, but Republicans argue while there's some pain, the result of the changes — including elimination of the Michigan Business Tax — is a state budget that is fiscally sound and that's going to be more attractive to businesses that can bring jobs.
- Click here to read an article from MLive on the impacts of the tax reforms on individual taxpayers
From the article: "Dozens of changes face taxpayers following reforms lawmakers adopted this year. They add up to this: Individuals should be prepared to cough up more income tax as they carry much of the burden previously shouldered by businesses."
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