Special interests sabotage tax reform
Regarding the recent letter from Julius Green (“Tax reform's prohibitive cost,” April 7 and TribLIVE): The writer is both a lawyer and a CPA and is the president of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, a special-interest lobbying organization that opposes legislation eliminating school property taxes because it imposes sales tax on CPA services. His negative comments have nothing to do with the worthiness of the legislation but rather with the greed of these people as they protect their interests. They are participating in a massive, coordinated campaign to discredit the bill and deny homeowners the relief they deserve.
Green noted that homeowners would continue to pay property taxes but failed to mention the tax would be limited to only the amount necessary to service outstanding debt, typically about 10 percent of a homeowner's current property tax bill. A 90 percent reduction in property taxes is a far cry from what he infers with his statement.
Green also claimed the legislation will result in a $1 billion deficit. The bill was designed to slow the growth of education taxation to the rate of inflation rather than continuing the current growth rate of three times inflation. Only opponents of the bill would call a smaller increase a deficit.
Telling the truth wouldn't have served this man's purpose of trying to discredit the legislation and frighten homeowners.
The writer is spokesman for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations.