New Survey Shows Strong Support For Tax Reform

New Survey Shows Strong Support For Tax Reform

A new survey showing that the vast majority of Arizonans support reducing the personal income tax rate was released this week by Americans for Prosperity-Arizona. Voters believe a tax reduction is important to spur economic growth and allow Arizonans to keep their own money, according to the survey.

According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Arizona has one of the highest marginal income tax rates in the country. Arizona also has a nearly $4 billion surplus for the 2022 fiscal year.

Americans for Prosperity-Arizona (AFP-AZ) is supporting a plan that would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.5% for all taxpayers, except for the highest bracket who will pay 4.5%, beginning in 2023,

AFP says the topline results of the survey demonstrate the following:

• Nearly two-thirds of Arizona voters believe it is time to reduce the personal income tax to make it flatter and fairer.

• 66% of surveyed voters said it’s very important to allow Arizona families to keep more of their own money, in addition to 62% saying it’s very important to allow small businesses to pay less in taxes so they can use their own money to grow and create jobs.

• Ensuring Arizona remains competitive with nearby states who have no income tax was also another reason surveyed voters supported reducing the income tax rate, with 53% of surveyed individuals saying that’s a very important reason as they considered the proposal.

“While Washington is working to pass some of the largest tax hikes in history, our state leaders are taking a different approach by letting Arizonans keep more of what they earn. Government digging deeper into our pockets won’t help small businesses hire more workers or meet the needs of Arizona families,” says AFP-AZ State Director Stephen Shadegg.

“Arizonans support this this pro-growth plan that would cement our state as a leader on tax reform and ensure we remain competitive with nearby states who don’t have an income tax. We are connecting with Arizonans across the state to tell them about this plan and enable them to tell their legislators they need to act now. We look forward to igniting Arizona’s economic recovery by making our tax system simpler, fairer, and flatter,” concluded Shadegg.

Arizona Free Enterprise Club Supports Governor Ducey’s Call To Get Aggressive On Tax Relief

Arizona Free Enterprise Club Supports Governor Ducey’s Call To Get Aggressive On Tax Relief

By the AZ Free Enterprise Club |

PHOENIX – On Monday, Governor Doug Ducey, in his State of the State address, called for the need to “think big” on lowering and reforming taxes.

“My goal has been to make Arizona the best place in America to live, work, and do business – by letting Arizonans keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Ducey, “and having come this far, as other states chase away opportunity with their new taxes, why on earth would we ever want to follow their failed and depressing example?”

“Arizona is now a high-tax state with one of the highest income tax rates, sales tax rates, and business property tax rates in the country,” said Arizona Free Enterprise Club President Scot Mussi. “Bold and swift action needs to be taken to right Arizona’s competitive disadvantage, and the Club is glad to see the governor leading on the issue.”

The Arizona Free Enterprise Club, a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing the income and property tax burden in Arizona, has joined other interested parties in a lawsuit against the latest tax hike embodied in Proposition 208 (Prop 208).

On November 30, 2020, attorneys at the Goldwater Institute, Snell & Wilmer, and Greenberg Traurig filed suit on behalf of a coalition of taxpayers, legislators, and small business groups such as the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, to challenge the legality of Prop 208 and to protect Arizona taxpayers against what they say is an “illegal and ill-conceived measure.”

According to the court background materials, “in the fall of 2020, a group of out-of-state unions and special interest groups placed an initiative on the Arizona ballot designed to raise taxes by nearly $1 billion. Although sold as a measure that would only raise taxes on the rich, in reality the tax falls on middle-class wage-earners, particularly owners of small businesses. In fact, half of the people subjected to the tax would be small business owners.”

Should Prop 208 survive legal challenges, critics claim it would “likely drive businesses out of the state and to slow business growth, resulting in the long term in some 124,000 fewer new jobs over the next decade, and a loss of $2.4 billion in state and local taxes.”