Tax Day rally in downtown L.A. aimed at 'corporate tax-dodgers'
As Southern California residents scramble to file their tax returns Tuesday, activists will take to the streets in downtown L.A. to protest “corporate tax-dodgers” they say do not pay their fair share.
In another extension of the “Occupy” movement, a coalition of the “99%” has planned a march to the financial district, where the group will hold a rally to support tax reforms, according to a statement from organizers.
A total of 280 profitable Forbes 500 corporations paid a federal income tax rate of 18.5%, or about half the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35%, the statement said. Organizers cite this and other data to bolster their claim that “It’s never tax day for the 1%.”
Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to join their march at noon to 333 Hope St., where protesters plan to “call out corporate tax-dodgers.”
Another rally will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Pershing Square to ask millionaires to support tax reforms. The group will cap off the day at 11 p.m. with signature-gathering in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax initiative at the 24-hour post office on Airport Boulevard.
Jacob Hay, a spokesman with Good Jobs LA, which helped organize the events, said this is the first year a collation has organized a “99% day of action.” He called it a “natural extension” of the Occupy movement.
“It is Tax Day, and so it's a day when people are paying attention to these issues,” Hay said. “When people are thinking about their taxes and paying their fair share, we want to point out that many people who can afford it are not stepping up.”
The late-night event will not be the only rally held at a post office. Venice residents will try to get the attention of procrastinators sending their tax returns at the historic post office at 1601 Main St.
A 3 p.m. rally at the 70-year-old building will be held to protest the U.S. Postal Service's plan to close the office. Organizers said they also will collect signatures from last-minute tax filers urging legislators to “put teeth” in the Senate’s Postal Reform Bill.
-- Matt Stevens
Image: Flyer for Tax Day rally. Credit: Good Jobs LA