The Rev. Jim Evans is saying in an op-ed piece in today’s Anniston Star what Kimble Forrister of Alabama Arise, the Tuscaloosa News, others, and I have been saying. The recent tax reform legislation that Alabama passed is “important” and it is a “first step.”
Some highlights of his piece:
- Our income tax structure, while better now, is still grossly unfair to the working poor.
- If we must have an income tax, then it must be fair. It is not fair, and it never will be fair for those who earn the most to pay the least.
- [I]t took 18 years to finally raise the level of awareness among Alabamians that our tax system was punishing the poor.
- [T]he fact remains that no one who earns such a small salary [$12,600], especially with a family, should owe any income tax.
He’s right on the money when he says, “The Scriptures are consistent in their call for the wider community to love kindness and to do justice for the least of these in our midst.”
He encourages a prayer that I can make my own: “We have taken an important first step. Let us pray now that we will have the courage and resolve to take the additional steps needed to ensure that our tax structure is fair to everyone it affects.”