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This year, instead of your tax dollars possibly going toward hiring 104,000 police officers* or 111,000 teachers**, an estimated $6.2 BILLION will help fund Walmart’s corporate welfare — because Walmart pays so many of its workers so poorly, they need government assistance to survive.


Walmart received an estimated average of $1 billion*** in federal tax breaks every year from 2008 to 2012.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 18, 2017

WHY ARE U.S. SHOPPERS PAYING A WALMART TAX?

Making Change at Walmart targets several states with digital ads and actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the past week, Making Change at Walmart has been alerting taxpayers and shoppers around the U.S. to the estimated $6.2 billion federal tax dollars that go towards Walmart corporate welfare every year.

This estimated $6.2 billion Walmart Tax is the result of tens of thousands of Walmart workers forced to rely on government assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid because Walmart maintains low, stagnant wages and inadequate benefits.

“The solution is simple, if Walmart simply paid all their employees a living wage, or at least what they claim their average wage is, then thousands of workers wouldn’t need, or even qualify, for government assistance programs,” says Randy Parraz, Director for Making Change at Walmart.

The campaign kicked off April 7th with the submission of 11 individualized Op-Eds that highlighted specific taxpayer subsidized costs for the following states/areas: California, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and the District of Columbia and continued from last week to today with digital ads, social media posts, and actions throughout the U.S. targeting shoppers, workers, and American taxpayers.

The USA Today Op-Ed, “The Walmart Tax Every American Taxpayer Pays, written by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1529 President Lonnie Sheppard, talks about the high cost and hidden tax that every American taxpayer pays every single day. The Op-Ed also highlights:

  • Walmart, a company that generates almost $500 billion in revenue every year with annual profits averaging $15.5 billion over the last five years, is also one of the nation’s largest welfare recipients.
  • Even though Walmart claims that it spent $500 million on hourly associate bonuses and recently boosted employee wages, it still has thousands of employees who rely on public assistance programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing.
  • A single Walmart Supercenter is estimated to cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.74 million per year in public assistance money.

“Walmart brags about raising the entry salary for its workers as if they were some sort of “anti-poverty hero,” but we are finding workers who have been with the company 5+ years and still making $10 an hour, which in many states still qualifies you for government assistance programs and there are still thousands of workers relying on Medicaid, SNAP, and other programs to survive. Why should hardworking Americans have to pick up the tab because Walmart would rather freeload off the government than run a solvent company that values its workforce?” concludes Parraz.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2017

USA TODAY OP-ED SHEDS LIGHT ON THE “WALMART TAX EVERY AMERICAN TAXPAYER PAYS”

WASHINGTON, D.C.USA Today just published an opinion column by United Food and Commercial Workers, the largest private sector union in the nation. The column sheds light on the “hidden tax” every taxpayer has been paying for years to the largest retailer, and employer, in the United States— Walmart.

“When is Walmart finally going to answer the question- after paying thousands of dollars in taxes to the federal government, why should middle class Americans have to also pay the ‘Walmart Tax’?” said Randy Parraz, Campaign Director for Making Change at Walmart.

The Walmart Tax Op-Ed highlights many of the key facts that Walmart refuses to acknowledge, like the high cost, and hidden tax, that every American taxpayer pays every single day.

Among the key facts are:

  • Walmart, a company that generates almost $500 billion in revenue every year with annual profits averaging $15.5 billion over the last five years, is also one of the nation’s largest welfare recipients.
  • According to a 2014 report by Americans for Tax Fairness, Walmart receives an estimated $6.2 billion in subsidies every year, primarily from the Federal Government.
  • Even though Walmart claims that it spent $500 million on hourly associate bonuses and recently boosted employee wages, it still has thousands of employees who rely on public assistance programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing.
  • A single Walmart Super Center is estimated to cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.74 million per year in public assistance money.
  • Logically, if Walmart increased employee wages, and/or provided better benefits, much of this 6.2 billion dollar burden would be lifted off the taxpayer.

The USA Today Op-Ed was authored by UFCW Local 1529 President Lonnie Sheppard, who represents thousands of retail, food, and commercial workers throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

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Making Change at Walmart has launched a Tax Day campaign to expose the “Walmart Tax,” with plans to submit letters like the one mentioned to local papers throughout the country, citing specific facts for the states they are targeting. The campaign will also run digital ads targeting shoppers and workers throughout the U.S.

 


*Calculation based on a median annual wage of $59,680 for police and sheriff’s patrol officers (as of May 2016) https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
**Calculation based on a median annual wage of $55,800 for elementary school teachers (as of May 2016) https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252021.htm
***Walmart avoided an estimated average of $1 billion in federal taxes from 2008-2012. The reason: Walmart uses tax breaks and loopholes, including a strategy known as accelerated depreciation that allows it to write off capital investments considerably faster than the assets actually wear out. SOURCE: https://americansfortaxfairness.org/files/Walmart_On_Tax_Day_Report_ExecutiveSummary.pdf
SOURCE: https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/04/15/report-walmart-workers-cost-taxpayers-6-2-billion-in-public-assistance/&refURL=https://www.google.com/&referrer=https://www.google.com/