Overhauling West Virginia’s tax system is on the agenda of the leadership of the West Virginia legislature. As citizens and stakeholders of West Virginia, we appreciate this effort and the thoroughness with which the Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform has investigated the many issues involved. Read PDF.
A diverse coalition of organizations that cares about kids, families, seniors and working people, community organizations and local governments has come together to support the following basic principles of fair taxation which we urge legislators to consider as they deliberate changes to the tax code:
Charleston Gazette-Mail, WV Hospital Association Associated Press, Mid Columbia Tri City Herald , Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, WV Press Association, Parkersburg News- Nearly 100,000 West Virginians gained health insurance between 2013 and 2014, one of the largest drops of uninsured residents in the country, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The development of the Marcellus Shale has led to a boom in West Virginia’s natural gas production. But aside from the increase in drilling activity and state and local tax revenue, the natural gas boom has not brought with it the jobs and economic growth that many predicted. While the state’s natural gas production has increased dramatically over the past several years, West Virginia has lagged behind the rest of the country in terms of job growth and fewer West Virginians are employed today than before the boom.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch – Mounds of receipts, a mad dash to beat the clock – that’s what comes to mind for many Americans when you mention April 15. But tax season is about much more than paperwork and refund checks. It’s about hard work, livelihoods and futures. Read
For many low-income West Virginia workers, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) make a world of difference at tax time.