Iowans host Tax March event before national rally

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Opponents of last year’s Republican tax cut plan hope to draw a crowd Tuesday with a national “Tax March” in Washington. And Sunday saw a regional “warm up” event in Cedar Rapids scheduled before the national march.

Maura Quint, a national organizers with Tax March, talks to a small group at a Cedar Rapids event Sunday afternoon.

The event in Cedar Rapids was one of more than 100 taking plan before Tax Day on Tuesday—the day federal tax returns are due.

The event was originally scheduled for Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids late Sunday afternoon but was moved indoors due to weather.

Almost exactly one year ago, organizers sponsored a similar event to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. That’s also a request they’re making at this year’s event.

But organizers also want to raise the issue of fairness after last year’s tax cut plan passed by Republicans and signed by President Trump.

Maura Quint, a national organizer with the group, says the vast majority of tax cut benefits will go to the very wealthy.

And she thinks the middle class is discovering that fact.

“The GOP was hoping to make that their signature issue. They were hoping to be able to run on that. However, many Americans are realizing this tax bill is not something good,” Quint said.

Quint and members of Progress Iowa, a local sponsor, claim 83 percent of all the benefits will flow to those in the top one percent of incomes. And they also claim eventually 53 percent of U.S. taxpayers will end up paying more than they did before the tax changes.

Another Iowa Tax March event takes place in Des Moines Monday evening before the national protest on Tuesday.