Rep. Fludd wants 1% tax surcharge

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 5:26pm
By: John Munford

‘Temporary’ Ga. tax aimed at $200K single filers and couples making over $400K, Tyrone legislator says

State Representative Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone, wants to add a “temporary” 1 percent income tax surcharge on Georgia’s highest earners as a way to raise more than $200 million for the state’s beleaguered budget.

Meanwhile in a column by Fludd in today’s Citizen, Fludd criticized Republicans in the General Assembly for a $500 million “property tax shell game” in which taxpayers will see actual tax increases this year because the homeowners tax relief grant has been eliminated. The GOP is the majority party in the legislature.

“All across Georgia, homeowners are watching their taxes go up while Republicans propose more tax cuts for companies that export jobs to other states,” Fludd said. “The hope is that with placebos like training courses for tax assessors, we won’t notice a half-billion dollar tax increase.”

At the same time, Fludd last week filed House Bill 1066 which would apply the temporary 1 percent surcharge for married couples who have a total income of more than $400,000 and single individuals with an income of $200,000.

The additional income tax surcharge affects less than 1 percent of Georgia taxpayers, according to a news release issued by Fludd.

The increase would be in effect for this year and 2011, expiring on Jan. 1, 2012, according to the bill submitted by Fludd.

“As we all know, the state of Georgia is facing tough times so we have to do everything we can to maintain a balanced budget without laying off teachers or eliminating important programs,” Fludd said. “No one likes tax increases but these are very unusual times. We need strong leadership because spending cuts alone will not solve our problems. HB 1066 will help prevent these devastating cuts, while only affecting less than 1 percent of Georgia taxpayers.”

The state of Georgia has not adjusted income tax rates in more than 70 years and currently has a top income tax rate of 6 percent beginning at $10,000. Other states have recently issued similar surcharges, including North Carolina and Wisconsin.

According to Fludd’s office:

• When North Carolina faced a $4 billion deficit in 2009, the state chose to enact more than $1 billion worth of tax increases. These increases included a temporary 2 percent surcharge on income between $60,000 and $150,000 for single filers and between $100,000 and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly. Income above those amounts was taxed an additional 3 percent. The 3 percent surtax was also placed on corporate income.

• Wisconsin enacted a 7.75 percent income tax bracket on all income above $300,000 for married couples and $225,000 for individuals and heads of households. The state also lowered the exclusion for capital gains income to 30 percent from 60 percent. These changes are expected to generate approximately $280 million for Wisconsin in the state’s 2010 fiscal year.

“Other states across the country are facing similar challenges as a result of this recession,” Fludd said. “31 states had tax increases in 2009 and six more are looking at increases in 2010.”

In his column, Fludd said, “This year, Georgia’s government must make a choice. Either continue to cater to special interests with tax breaks on symphony halls and sports museums or get back to basics.”

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Submitted by 30YearResident on Sat, 02/27/2010 - 11:10am.

A democrat wouldn't be a democrat and earn his special democrat lapel pin if he didn't propose a tax increase a year.... that's what they do... that's all they're good for.... taking our money and our freedom.

They've never heard of efficiency or cut-backs in spending... no, why should they when they got US out here to suck off of.

Wise up Tyrone !!! Get this guy out of our back pockets.... while we still have a back pocket.

Submitted by 30YearResident on Sat, 02/27/2010 - 11:11am.

How many times have we heard that term, "Temporary Tax"... ??

Yeah, right !!

Submitted by PTC Observer on Sat, 02/27/2010 - 8:58am.

I have an idea let's cut state spending by 1% my guess is that would exeed the amount of tax that you would raise by your class warfare tax.

BTW, there is no such thing as a "temporary" tax. Remember the income tax that was "temporary"?

Finally, get a job; you'll need one.

Submitted by upwithTyrone on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 2:07pm.

I am proud to say that I've never voted for the guy. And that I never will. He, like most Democrats likes to proclaim that he's "For the People" while scheming to confiscate by tax their entire incomes and fortunes for redistribution. He does not represent me or 90% of Fayette County residents, being elected by the residents of Fulton and Clayton. I can only hope that in the upcoming redistricting that his district does not contain any Fayette county area. Further, I don't really believe that he lives in Tyrone which I do.

A voice of reason in a sea of shouted ignorance....

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 5:20pm.

Go to and it will tell you he lives on Crestwood Road. Tyrone.

Submitted by wheeljc on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 7:11am.

For way too long, it seems that politicians in both parties have been too quick to come back to the taxpayers for "more' each time they are faced with a management challenge. While the numerous departments of the State all 'want' more and more for their agencies, think that it is past time for all politicians to ascertain real needs of the CITIZENS -- not bureaucratic agencies, and the prioritize them. If the revenue is not there, the project(s) DO NOT GET FUNDED!!

For the past two decades, it seems that way too many agencies at national, state and even local levels feel an 'entitlement' to tax payer dollars once a requirement is justified ONCE!! WRONG!!!! Citizens still look to politicians to do homework, and NOT RUBBER STAMP each and every tiddly wink written up as an absolute necessity!

Think we are past time for an annual zero based budget.

Submitted by justacitizen on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 1:11am.

Stop the spending!!! Stop taking citizens hard earned dollars. I am not in that bracket but someday would like to be. Get a control on your spending before you take our money.

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