• September 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    You don’t get to pick your tax rate, and neither should corporations.

    Tanya Somanader

    A good way to build a stronger economy is to create a fairer and more efficient tax code -- one that promotes business investment and job creation in the United States. That is why the President has proposed business tax reform that will simplify the tax code by lowering the corporate tax rate and closing wasteful loopholes.

    Congress has yet to act on the President’s proposal, and in the meantime, some companies continue to exploit unfair tax loopholes. One such loophole allows U.S. corporations to undertake an "inversion," whereby a company relocates their tax residence overseas, while changing very little else about its operations or business, in order to avoid paying taxes. With a simple change of paperwork, these companies can dramatically reduce their taxes, leaving other businesses and middle-class taxpayers to pick up the tab.

    Dozens of U.S. corporations have taken advantage of the inversions loophole in recent years, and more are looking to follow suit. By renouncing their U.S. citizenship, these companies will cost our country nearly $20 billion over the next decade -- critical dollars that could be used to grow and expand the middle class.

    The Treasury Department is using its authority to take initial, targeted steps to discourage American companies from inverting by limiting the benefits they would receive from such action. You don’t get to pick your tax rate, and neither should corporations.

    Take a look at why the President has called on Congress to close the inversion tax loophole:

     

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Economy, Taxes
    tsomanader

    A good way to build a stronger economy is to create a fairer and more efficient tax code -- one that promotes business investment and job creation in the United States. That is why the President has proposed business tax reform that will simplify the tax code by lowering the corporate tax rate and closing wasteful loopholes.

    Congress has yet to act on the President’s proposal, and in the meantime, some companies continue to exploit unfair tax loopholes. One such loophole allows U.S. corporations to undertake an "inversion," whereby a company relocates their tax residence overseas, while changing very little else about its operations or business, in order to avoid paying taxes. With a simple change of paperwork, these companies can dramatically reduce their taxes, leaving other businesses and middle-class taxpayers to pick up the tab.

    Dozens of U.S. corporations have taken advantage of the inversions loophole in recent years, and more are looking to follow suit. By renouncing their U.S. citizenship, these companies will cost our country nearly $20 billion over the next decade -- critical dollars that could be used to grow and expand the middle class.

    The Treasury Department is using its authority to take initial, targeted steps to discourage American companies from inverting by limiting the benefits they would receive from such action. You don’t get to pick your tax rate, and neither should corporations.

    Take a look at why the President has called on Congress to close the inversion tax loophole:

     

  • September 22, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    The Treasury Department is taking action to discourage companies from taking advantage of corporate inversions – moving their tax residence overseas on paper to avoid paying their fair share in taxes here at home.

    Lindsay Holst

    Today, the Treasury Department announced that it's taking action to reduce the tax benefits of -- and, where possible, stop -- corporate tax inversions from happening.

    What's an inversion again? In short, it's a type of corporate tax deal wherein a U.S.-based multinational with operations in other countries moves the tax residence of the parent company overseas -- moving into a low-tax jurisdiction to avoid paying U.S. taxes. (Want more details? We break it down pretty thoroughly in this post.)

    The President issued the following statement today about the Treasury's action.


    America’s businesses have created 10 million jobs over the last 54 months -- the longest stretch of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our nation’s history -- and we should do everything we can as a country to build on that progress. That’s why I’ve called on Congress to lower our corporate tax rate, close wasteful loopholes, and simplify the tax code for everyone.

    While there’s no substitute for Congressional action, my Administration will act wherever we can to protect the progress the American people have worked so hard to bring about. As part of this effort, Secretary Lew briefed me today on the first steps the Treasury Department is taking to discourage companies from taking advantage of corporate inversions -- moving their tax residence overseas on paper to avoid paying their fair share in taxes here at home.


    We’ve recently seen a few large corporations announce plans to exploit this loophole, undercutting businesses that act responsibly and leaving the middle class to pay the bill, and I’m glad that Secretary Lew is exploring additional actions to help reverse this trend.


    I believe America does better when hard work pays off, responsibility is rewarded, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. In the weeks and months ahead we should do even more to bring fairness to our tax code, help our businesses create more American jobs, and expand opportunity for all.

    Small Business, Economy, Working Families, Middle Class Security, Taxes
    lholst

    Today, the Treasury Department announced that it's taking action to reduce the tax benefits of -- and, where possible, stop -- corporate tax inversions from happening.

    What's an inversion again? In short, it's a type of corporate tax deal wherein a U.S.-based multinational with operations in other countries moves the tax residence of the parent company overseas -- moving into a low-tax jurisdiction to avoid paying U.S. taxes. (Want more details? We break it down pretty thoroughly in this post.)

    The President issued the following statement today about the Treasury's action.

  • April 15, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Understand how and where your tax dollars are being spent.

    It’s April 15th, Tax Day. Millions of families all across the country have already filed their taxes or maybe some folks are just getting around to it today. Whether you’ve planned ahead or rushing to get them done, you deserve to know how your tax dollars are being spent.  

    In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. And for the third year in a row, he’s keeping that promise. As long as he’s in office, every hardworking taxpayer will be able to jump online to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent.

    Just enter a few pieces of information below, and the Taxpayer Receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care. The online tool has been updated to reflect current spending. 

    Launch the Taxpayer Receipt

    The President believes the economy grows best from the middle out, not from the top down.  That’s why he fought to make the middle class income tax cuts permanent. Additionally, millions of folks continue to be able to take advantage of things like the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and the expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. There’s more work to be done to strengthen the economy, the President will continue to do everything he can to make investments that’ll grow the economy and strengthen the middle class while taking a balanced approach to reduce the deficit to ensure every American has a shot at the American dream.

    Understand how and where your tax dollars are being spent

    Taxes
    ccurtis

    It’s April 15th, Tax Day. Millions of families all across the country have already filed their taxes or maybe some folks are just getting around to it today. Whether you’ve planned ahead or rushing to get them done, you deserve to know how your tax dollars are being spent.  

    In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. And for the third year in a row, he’s keeping that promise. As long as he’s in office, every hardworking taxpayer will be able to jump online to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent.

    Just enter a few pieces of information below, and the Taxpayer Receipt will give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care. The online tool has been updated to reflect current spending. 

    Launch the Taxpayer Receipt

    Taxes
  • January 5, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    President Obama talks about the bipartisan agreement that Congress reached this week which prevented a middle-class tax hike, congratulates the newly sworn-in members of Congress, and looks forward to working with the new Congress in the new year to continue to grow our economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way.

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    In this week’s address, President Obama talks about the bipartisan agreement that Congress reached this week which prevented a middle-class tax hike, congratulates the newly sworn-in members of Congress, and looks forward to working with the new Congress in the new year to continue to grow our economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way. 

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    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Economy, Taxes
    mslack

    In this week’s address, President Obama talks about the bipartisan agreement that Congress reached this week which prevented a middle-class tax hike, congratulates the newly sworn-in members of Congress, and looks forward to working with the new Congress in the new year to continue to grow our economy and shrink our deficits in a balanced way. 

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  • January 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Brian Deese explains what the new agreement to extend tax cuts for the middle class means for the economy and how it met President Obama's key economic priorities.

    In this new White House White Board, Brian Deese, the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, explains what the new agreement to extend tax cuts for the middle class means for the economy and how it met President Obama's key economic priorities.

    Watch:


    Learn more: 

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Economy, Taxes
    mcompton

    In this new White House White Board, Brian Deese, the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, explains what the new agreement to extend tax cuts for the middle class means for the economy and how it met President Obama's key economic priorities.

    Watch:


    Learn more: 

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts
  • January 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    On Friday, January 4th at 11:30 a.m. ET, the White House is answering your questions about the tax deal during a live Twitter Q&A.

    Update: This session of Office Hours has concluded. Check out the full Q&A below, or at Storify.com/whitehouse.

    This week, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. That means middle-class families won't see an increase in their income tax rates, and the fiscal cliff has been avoided.

    Do you have questions about the deal and how it will impact you? Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, will be on hand to answer your questions during a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter with Yahoo! Finance.

    Join us on Friday, January 4th at 11:30 a.m. ET for a live Twitter Q&A. Here’s how it works:

    • Ask your questions now and during the chat with the hashtag #fiscalcliff411
    • Follow the Q&A live through @WHLive and @YahooFinance
    • If you miss the Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov
    Brian Deese Twitter Office Hours

    During a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter, Brian Deese, the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, answers questions about the new agreement to extend tax cuts for the middle class.

     

    WH Office Hours: Agreement to Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts

    Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, answered your questions about the tax deal during a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter with Yahoo! Finance.

    Storified by The White House· Fri, Jan 04 2013 10:03:50

    Good morning! Ready for #FiscalCliff411? In a few min. we'll be joined by @WHLive's NEC's Brian Deese to answer Qs on the #FiscalCliff deal.Yahoo! Finance
    Good morning everyone, Brian here. Happy to be joining @yahoofinance for this #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    Whitehouse
    Q via @Farnoosh: #FiscalCliff deal addressed #taxes but not much re: #debt ceiling. What spending cuts will POTUS fight for? #FiscalCliff411Yahoo! Finance
    POTUS will do more spending cuts & has specific proposals eg: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview. But needs to be balanced w new revenues #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    Q from @YahooFinance's Facebook community: "What is on table to help cut #spending? Will we see #Veterans #benefits go away? #FiscalCliff411Yahoo! Finance
    One impt piece of the tax deal was extending vets tax credit to give employers $5k+ incentive to hire returning heroes #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    More generally, POTUS has firm commitment to protect core vets benefits even as we work to put in place addtl spending cuts #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    Q via @aarontask: CBO says #fiscalcliff deal will increase the #deficit by $4T in next decade. How is that good policy? #FiscalCliff411Yahoo! Finance
    Appreciate the q and chance to clarify bc CBO and green eyeshade budget baseline issues can be hard to interpret (1/2) #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    But the deal's bottom line: wealthiest 2% pay higher taxes; that cuts deficits $737bn over 10yrs: http://wh.gov/U9hR (2/2) #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    Members of @YahooFinance community planning to attend college ask: how does FiscalCliff deal help or hurt my financial aid? #FiscalCliff411Yahoo! Finance
    Impt for anyone thinking of college: Deal extended $2500 college tax cut, so it's there for you to get through school. #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    Q via @LaurenLyster: Has #MintTheCoin chatter over creation of trillion $ platinum coin re: debt ceiling reached West Wing? #FiscalCliff411Yahoo! Finance
    Your tweet suggests we have...But congress has job to do re debt ceiling; its time they deal w bills they already racked up #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    @WHLive Can you address the concern that #payroll #tax expiration might be harmful to the #economy? (via @RebeccaStropoli) #FiscalCliff411Yahoo! Finance
    Payroll cut provided impt temporary econ support; this deal provides much-needed permanent certainty for midclass tax rates #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    I need to run, but thanks for all the questions and to @yahoofinance. -Brian #fiscalcliff411White House Live
    Thank you for tuning in to @YahooFinance's #FiscalCliff411 Twitter chat with the @WhiteHouse / @WHLive. Miss anything? Summary to follow...Yahoo! Finance
    Learn more about what's in the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 in the latest White Board video:
    White House White Board - American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012whitehouse

    Want to learn more about the deal? Here are seven things you need to know:

    The Seven Things You Need to Know About the Tax Deal

    To learn more about this agreement and what comes next, be sure to watch President Obama's full remarks.

    Having trouble reading the graphic? Check out the text here.

    Economy, Taxes
    kschulman

    Update: This session of Office Hours has concluded. Check out the full Q&A below, or at Storify.com/whitehouse.

    This week, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law. That means middle-class families won't see an increase in their income tax rates, and the fiscal cliff has been avoided.

    Do you have questions about the deal and how it will impact you? Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, will be on hand to answer your questions during a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter with Yahoo! Finance.

    Join us on Friday, January 4th at 11:30 a.m. ET for a live Twitter Q&A. Here’s how it works:

    • Ask your questions now and during the chat with the hashtag #fiscalcliff411
    • Follow the Q&A live through @WHLive and @YahooFinance
    • If you miss the Q&A, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov
    Brian Deese Twitter Office Hours

    During a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter, Brian Deese, the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, answers questions about the new agreement to extend tax cuts for the middle class.

     
  • December 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    After a week of negotiation and debate around the fiscal cliff, President Obama talks about where we are in the fight to keep middle-class taxes from going up.

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press in the Brady Press Briefing Room (December 21, 2012)

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Dec. 21, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    After a week of negotiation and debate around the fiscal cliff, President Obama took to the James S. Brady Briefing Room in the White House to talk about where we are in the fight to keep middle-class taxes from going up.

    "I just spoke to Speaker Boehner and I also met with Senator Reid," he said. "In the next few days, I've asked leaders of Congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million Americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. That's an achievable goal. That can get done in 10 days. Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect Democrats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation into law, before January 1st of next year. It’s that simple."

    He urged lawmakers to use the Christmas holiday to give the issue due consideration, and return to Washington ready to work on a solution.

    "Everybody can cool off; everybody can drink some eggnog, have some Christmas cookies, sing some Christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones," said President Obama. "And then I'd ask every member of Congress while they’re back home to think about that. Think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here."

    Read the full remarks here.

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Economy, Taxes
    mcompton
    President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press in the Brady Press Briefing Room (December 21, 2012)

    President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Dec. 21, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

    After a week of negotiation and debate around the fiscal cliff, President Obama took to the James S. Brady Briefing Room in the White House to talk about where we are in the fight to keep middle-class taxes from going up.

    "I just spoke to Speaker Boehner and I also met with Senator Reid," he said. "In the next few days, I've asked leaders of Congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million Americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. That's an achievable goal. That can get done in 10 days. Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect Democrats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation into law, before January 1st of next year. It’s that simple."

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts
  • December 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    House Republicans have introduced a bill, The Spending Reduction Act of 2012, that would negatively impact the American people in several ways. Let’s take a quick look.

    Amy Brundage

    The House Republicans introduced a bill last night, The Spending Reduction Act of 2012, that would negatively impact the American people in several ways. Let’s take a quick look:

    • It entirely eliminates the Social Services Block Grant, which serves 1.7 million seniors through programs like Meals on Wheels. This would also cut federal funds for child care and related assistance for 4.4 million children; services for nearly 1 million disabled individuals; and child protective services which serve 1.8 million at-risk children
    • They also dismantle programs that help homeowners and prevents foreclosures, one of the most critical sources of federal assistance for homeowners who are struggling with foreclosure and need loan modifications. Not only would this limit the home preservation options available to struggling homeowners but would also undermine efforts to support the housing market’s fragile recovery
    • And they eliminate guaranteed funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, significantly weakening its ability to make sure that the financial products and services that Americans depend on every day —including credit cards, mortgages, and loans—work better for the people who use them.

    The bill also advances Rep. Paul Ryan’s approach to domestic discretionary spending, cutting the discretionary cap level far below the bipartisan Budget Control Act total for 2013. The Ryan Budget approach would ultimately impose deep cuts on federal support for education, scientific and medical research, clean energy programs, key infrastructure investments, public safety protections, women’s and public health programs, and critical services for families in need.

    This bill is a step backwards and it’s nothing more than a dangerous diversion.

    There’s a big, balanced deal on the table that the Speaker should take. It’s reasonable, and it meets them more them halfway. This bipartisan deal reduces the deficit in a balanced way that is consistent with our values and lays the foundation for middle class job growth. That means certainty for businesses so they can plan around their strategic growth objectives. That means that everyone, including millionaires and billionaires, does their fair share. That means security for middle class families. And that means our government lives within its means and doesn’t mortgage our children’s future. It’s time for Speaker Boehner to come to the table and take action that’ll benefit the American people.

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Economy, Taxes
    mcompton

    The House Republicans introduced a bill last night, The Spending Reduction Act of 2012, that would negatively impact the American people in several ways. Let’s take a quick look:

    • It entirely eliminates the Social Services Block Grant, which serves 1.7 million seniors through programs like Meals on Wheels. This would also cut federal funds for child care and related assistance for 4.4 million children; services for nearly 1 million disabled individuals; and child protective services which serve 1.8 million at-risk children
    • They also dismantle programs that help homeowners and prevents foreclosures, one of the most critical sources of federal assistance for homeowners who are struggling with foreclosure and need loan modifications. Not only would this limit the home preservation options available to struggling homeowners but would also undermine efforts to support the housing market’s fragile recovery
    • And they eliminate guaranteed funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, significantly weakening its ability to make sure that the financial products and services that Americans depend on every day —including credit cards, mortgages, and loans—work better for the people who use them.

    The bill also advances Rep. Paul Ryan’s approach to domestic discretionary spending, cutting the discretionary cap level far below the bipartisan Budget Control Act total for 2013. The Ryan Budget approach would ultimately impose deep cuts on federal support for education, scientific and medical research, clean energy programs, key infrastructure investments, public safety protections, women’s and public health programs, and critical services for families in need.

    This bill is a step backwards and it’s nothing more than a dangerous diversion.

    There’s a big, balanced deal on the table that the Speaker should take. It’s reasonable, and it meets them more them halfway. This bipartisan deal reduces the deficit in a balanced way that is consistent with our values and lays the foundation for middle class job growth. That means certainty for businesses so they can plan around their strategic growth objectives. That means that everyone, including millionaires and billionaires, does their fair share. That means security for middle class families. And that means our government lives within its means and doesn’t mortgage our children’s future. It’s time for Speaker Boehner to come to the table and take action that’ll benefit the American people.

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts
  • December 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Republicans in Congress have proposed legislation known as “Plan B” that raises taxes on 25 million middle-class families, while cutting taxes for households making more than $1 million each year.

    With tax cuts for middle-class families set to expire soon, Republicans in Congress have proposed legislation known as “Plan B” that not only raises taxes on 25 million middle-class families, but cuts taxes for households making more than $1 million each year. 

    We've put together a graphic to help explain what's in the proposed legislation. Check it out:

    President Obama has put forward a proposal that addresses both taxes and spending and is good for American families, the economy, and for our nation’s future. He believes that if Republicans are willing to ask the wealthy to do their fair share to reduce the deficit, then a significant, balanced deal should be within reach. 

    For more information:

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Taxes
    mslack

    With tax cuts for middle-class families set to expire soon, Republicans in Congress have proposed legislation known as “Plan B” that not only raises taxes on 25 million middle-class families, but cuts taxes for households making more than $1 million each year. 

    We've put together a graphic to help explain what's in the proposed legislation. Check it out:

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts
  • December 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    President Obama holds a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders from around the country to discuss preventing an income tax increase on middle-class families.

    Today, President Obama held a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders from around the country to discuss preventing an income tax increase on middle-class families. Several of the mayors asked some of their constituents who had shared what a $2,000 tax increase next year would mean for their familes to join the call as well. 

    Check out some photos and tweets from leaders who listened in from cities and towns nationwide below, or on Storify:

    #MY2K: President Obama Talks Middle-Class Tax Cuts with Mayors and Their Constituents

    President Obama held a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and prevent an income tax increase on middle class families. Mayors and constituents listened in from around the country, take a look.

    Storified by The White House · Wed, Dec 12 2012 15:29:15

    Stepping onto a conference call with @BarackObama to discuss the Fiscal Cliff and impact of #my2k on communities like South Bend.Pete Buttigieg
    Talking to Pres Obama with MNs who shared #my2k stories on why we need to pass middle class tax relief now. http://pic.twitter.com/8P4XNFmCMayor R.T. Rybak
    Conference call w/Pres Obama & community leaders on need to extend middle class tax cuts #MY2K http://fb.me/OUPpdpudChris Bollwage
    Mayors, elected officials, community and religious leaders joined me for call from Pres Obama @CityOfWestland #my2k http://pic.twitter.com/R2HDD1seWilliam R. Wild
    #my2k In Gary, IN on call with seniors, leaders and members of the middle class. We support Pres. Obama and balanced approach to budget.Karen Freeman Wilson
    Hosting community members to listen to the local leaders call with President Barack Obama. #my2k http://pic.twitter.com/X0In76k8Judge Clay Jenkins
    More than a dozen Avondale residents took part in a conference call from City Hall this morning to hear President... http://fb.me/1UxjeVb8ICity of Avondale, AZ
    yfrog Photo : http://twitter.yfrog.com/oeepkeaoj Shared by MayorWallingYFrog
    Flint's citizens on a call with President Obama call for a balanced approach to federal budget #My2K http://yfrog.com/oeepkeaojDayne Walling
    @MayorLandrieu on call w/ Pres. @BarackObama discussing #my2k and importance of a strong #middleclass http://pic.twitter.com/A2tKOKNKMitch Landrieu
    Great mtg/call today with President Obama, mayors and county officials to highlight the importance of protecting middle class tax cuts #My2KDavid Agnew
    Today Mayor Barrett and local leaders joined Pres Obama in support of an extension of middle class tax cuts. #My2k http://pic.twitter.com/Qp3SW0jJMilwaukee IRD
    Whitehouse
    Just left a meeting w the President on protecting the middle class and making sure 98 percent of Americans don't... http://fb.me/1q4ZRnl4oBob Buckhorn
    I was honored 2 spend AM with prez @barackobama at the White House. Do you support extending middle class tax cuts? Use #my2k 2 let him knowChris Coleman

    Middle-Class Tax Cuts, Taxes
    mslack

    Today, President Obama held a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders from around the country to discuss preventing an income tax increase on middle-class families. Several of the mayors asked some of their constituents who had shared what a $2,000 tax increase next year would mean for their familes to join the call as well. 

    Check out some photos and tweets from leaders who listened in from cities and towns nationwide below, or on Storify:

    Taxes