Our Work Speaks
For Itself

Since TUA’s founding, the taxpayer watchdog group has made an impact on tax policy in Illinois and across America.

  • In 1977, Tobin led the first successful property tax strike in modern Illinois history.

  • In the past four decades, TUA has been victorious in defeating 423 tax-increase referenda, stopping 19 state income tax hikes, and defeating every attempt to enact a graduated state income tax in Illinois since 1992.

  • TUA’s leadership and members were instrumental in repealing the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, legislation that increased taxes on all senior citizens, which was the first time a major federal entitlement had ever been repealed.

  • All combined, TUA has saved local, state, and federal taxpayers more than $200 billion of their hard-earned money since 1976.

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Who we are...

Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Founded June 27, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by activist and economist Jim Tobin, TUA works on behalf of taxpayers to reduce local, state, and federal taxes. In the past forty years, TUA has saved taxpayers more than $200 billion in taxes and has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America.

Meet Our Team


Jim Tobin founded Taxpayers United of America (TUA) in 1976, which has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including ABC, CBS, FOX, WGN and NBC news programs. His tax-cutting activities have been the subject of articles by major media including the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the USA Today.

Jim Tobin

Founder & President

Jared Labell is Executive Director of Taxpayers United of America. A native of Texas, Labell is a history major and began working for TUA in September 2014 as Director of Operations, before undertaking the role of Executive Director in June 2016. Labell’s work and interviews have been published by dozens of radio, newspaper, and television stations across Illinois and publicized nationally.

Jared Labell

Executive Director

Val Zimnicki is Director of Outreach for Taxpayers United of America. A political science major and former educator, Zimnicki is a longtime colleague of TUA’s founder, Jim Tobin, and has worked with the organization for most of the past twenty years.

Val Zimnicki

Director of Outreach

Taxpayers United Of America in the press

  • 20.07.17


  • 11.07.17

    TUA Denounces Illinois Income Tax Hike in Sun-Times and IL Forum

  • 01.06.17

    Robocalls targeting three local House districts with strong message against income tax hike

  • 28.03.17

    Oak Park voters warned of tax ‘spike’ if referendums pass

  • 28.03.17

    Coal City warned that home rule is ‘home ruin’

  • 02.02.17

    Tightening of ‘part-timers’ pension eligibility seen as positive by taxpayers’ advocate, but only ‘tinkers’ with big problem

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Fax: (312) 427-5139
Chicago, IL 60606
205 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1305