CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Citizen Action Group, a member of Americans for Tax Fairness, visited the Charleston offices of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday, asking him to fight for corporate tax reform to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs and profits offshore.
CAG delivered a poster-sized IRS W-2 form to Manchin's office with the names of six national companies that have major operations in West Virginia, but have paid no federal income taxes for at least one of the last four years.
Gary Zuckett, executive director of CAG, said, "The reason we are doing it now is that working people get their W-2 forms by the end of this month.
"We wanted to highlight the fact that there were 30 corporations that didn't pay any income taxes in 2008, 2009 or 2010 - the 'Dirty Thirty.' Many got millions of dollars back from the federal government," Zuckett said.
The visit to Manchin's office was part of a national day of action involving state and national labor, advocacy and faith groups calling for "Fair Taxes, Not Cuts" in 18 states.
Manchin said, "I appreciate [Citizen] Action Group sharing their ideas with my office. Since arriving in the Senate, I have fought for comprehensive tax reform that levels the playing field and makes sure that everyone pays their fair share.
"I have been a great supporter of the Bowles-Simpson framework, which broadens the base and lowers rates. I also want to see the corporate tax structure reformed. It's important to adjust tax rates by closing unfair loopholes and deductions. I will continue to seriously consider any proposals that accomplish these goals."
Zuckett said, "National discussions about cutting the federal deficit have been talking about cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, child care and education.
"Instead, we should be looking for corporations making millions of dollars in profits to pay their fair share to the U.S. Treasury."