Arkansans Critical of Corporate Tax Structure Rally at Capitol

Apr 15, 2014

Neal Sealy with Arkansas Community Organizations
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A loose affiliation of citizens, advocacy groups, and unions gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, the last day to file taxes, condemning what they argue is a tax system favoring large corporations.

Justin Nickels, with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, criticized tax exemptions being granted to profitable corporations while cuts to social services are made.

“Last year corporate profits reached record levels but the share of taxes paid by corporations is lower than it was in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. If corporations paid the same share of taxes last year as they did 60 years ago when Eisenhower was president they would have paid almost $700 billion more. The exasperation that many of us feel at tax time is based on the truth, there are some who get special breaks and the rest of us pay for it,” said Nickels.

The assembly of a couple of dozen were out in what was the 6th Truthful Tuesday meeting. The weekly rallies are based on similar efforts nationwide mounting regular public displays, largely focused on issues of corporate power in government and elections.