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.

Here are highlights of our battles on behalf of taxpayers since our founding:

  •  In 1977, TUA started the Cook County property tax strike, which
    resulted in a $60 million property tax cut for Cook County homeowners.
  • In 1989-90 TUA helped collect 513,000 signatures for the Tax
    Accountability Amendment, which would require a supermajority vote in
    Springfield to increase state taxes.
  • In 1992, TUA defeated the Berman Tax Increase Amendment, a
    state-wide referendum which would have forced a 50-percent hike in the state
    income tax.
  • In 1996, TUA spearheaded the fight against a proposed 25 percent
    increase in the state personal income tax, pushed by Chicago machine boss
    and longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-22). On May 30, 1997, the
    income tax increase, which had passed in Madigan’s House of Representatives,
    died in the State Senate Revenue Committee. TUA President Jim Tobin was the
    only person to testify before the committee in opposition to the income tax
  • At the request of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-37, Orland Park), TUA
    provided the crucial support needed to help sponsor and push through a $500
    tuition tax credit in 1999. The tax credit enables more Illinois families to
    send their children to private primary and secondary schools by allowing
    them to keep more of their own money.
  • In 2001, TUA spearheaded the taxpayer campaign against two bills
    in the General Assembly that would have increased property taxes statewide
    by $2 billion. We also stopped a 25-percent state income tax hike and a bill
    to create a new local income tax for government schools.
  • In April 2004, TUA defeated Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) plan to raise
    some Illinoisans’ state income taxes 100 percent (and give a paltry $200
    “property tax rebate” bribe for each homeowner) through a Constitutional
    Amendment. TUA President Jim Tobin took on Quinn in a televised debate on
    “Chicago Tonight,” on WTTW Channel 11. TUA also defeated Quinn’s 100 percent
    income tax increase amendment in 2006 and 2008. HJRCA 42 was defeated in the
    state house by a whopping 19 votes on April 10, 2008.
  • In 2008, TUA defeated three income tax increases, beating down
    HB750 and SB2288, which would have increased the income tax 67 percent, and
    we defeated the 100 percent income tax increase amendment, HJRCA42.
  • In 2010 and 2011, TUA fought against Gov. Quinn’s plan to raise
    the state personal income tax a back-breaking 67 percent, and the state
    corporate income tax from 7.3 to 9.5 percent. To get his bill passed by the
    minimum number of votes needed, Quinn had to bribe State Rep. Careen Gordon
    (D), who had lost her bid for re-election. She approached Quinn about an
    $86,000-a-year job on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Quinn, who was
    struggling to put together enough votes to pass his state income tax
    increase, reportedly solicited her support for the increase while she was
    still in office. Gordon, who previously indicated she was against the tax
    increase, supplied Quinn with the Yes vote needed to reach the 60 votes
    required to pass the tax hike. Three days later, Quinn appointed her to the
    Prisoner Review Board!
  • In 2006, TUA began publishing the top state and municipal
    government employee pensions throughout Illinois and has since expanded
    government pension research to more than 20 states. TUA is now fighting tax
    increases and reckless spending in states across the country, and is further
    assisting taxpayers and local taxpayer groups nationwide.
  • Since 1977, TUA has been victorious in defeating 419 local
    property tax increase referenda, saving taxpayers more than $200 billion of
    their hard-earned money.

Illinois Taxpayer Education Foundation

Illinois Taxpayer Education Foundation (ITEF) is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization conducting research on facts, methods, and principles of taxation, government spending, and public attitudes on these subjects. ITEF was founded alongside Taxpayers United of America to conduct research
and provide additional commentary regarding the most pressing tax issues of the day. More information can be found at

Tax Accountability

Tax Accountability is the Political Action arm of TUA. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a project of Tax Accountability, requiring political candidates to pledge to support economic freedom by working to decrease the overall tax burden of their constituents. Candidates must answer Tax Accountability’s questionnaire and sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge before any consideration of endorsement at the local, state, or federal level. More information can be found at

Tribute to Alexander “Al” Magnus, Jr. 1926-2002

In recognition of his fight for liberty everywhere, Alexander B. Magnus, Jr. (1926-2002) was honored with a Lifetime Award at TUA’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

For over 15 years, Al Magnus was a prime supporter of NTUI and the Illinois Taxpayer Education Foundation. Jim Tobin remarked, “We couldn’t have done it without him,” and he meant that literally. One example of Al’s high-powered, dynamic support: In 1997, Al paid to print and distribute one million copies of the foundation’s famed research study on government school spending in Illinois. A four-page summary of the report was included as an insert in seven Illinois newspapers, including the Peoria Journal Star, Daily Herald and Daily Southtown.

Al Magnus was one of a kind: an authentic patriot, a kind, generous human being, and a champion of liberty. His principles and efforts truly made a difference.

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