About Taxpayers United Of America
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:
TUA started the Cook County property tax strike
In 1977, TUA started the Cook County property tax strike, which resulted in a $60 million property tax cut for Cook County homeowners.
TUA helped collect 513,000 signatures for the Tax Accountability Amendment
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.
TUA defeated the Berman Tax Increase Amendment
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.
TUA spearheaded the fight against a proposed 25 percent increase in the state personal 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 increase.
TUA provided the crucial support needed to help sponsor and push through a $500 tuition tax credit.
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.
TUA spearheaded the taxpayer campaign against two bills in the General Assembly.
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.
TUA defeated Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) plan to raise some Illinoisans’ state income taxes 100 percent.
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.
TUA began publishing the top state and municipal government employee pensions throughout Illinois.
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.
TUA defeated three income tax increases.
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.
TUA fought against Gov. Quinn’s plan to raise the state personal income tax, and the state corporate income tax.
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!
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 taxpayereducation.org
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 taxpayersunitedofamerica.org/
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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