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    The Tax Dodgers thank you for paying their taxes

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     In honor of Tax Day and the beginning of the MLB season, videographer and "Occupy" supporter Accuist shared this baseball-themed skit shot last month in front of General Electric's headquarters in New York City. The "Tax Dodgers" represent what his organization, taxdodgers.net, alleges to be tax-dodging on the part of major U.S. corporations through loopholes and offshore savings accounts.
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

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    Federal Tax Day: the Tax Dodgers go to bat for the 1%

     

    Hundreds expected to turn out for day-long protests

     

    WHO: In a league of their own, the Tax Dodgers take a swing at social safety net, knocking our health care, social security and education funding out of the park. With plenty of extra money to spare, they hit a homerun with lobbyists and politicians. They will greet the public- taxpayers, members of congress, community members including unemployed workers, students and residents battling foreclosure, will they play fair?

     

    WHAT: A news conference introducing this year’s draft picks for the best team that money can buy accompanied by the always crowd pleasing corporate cheerleaders, The Loopholes. Giant corporations, rich individuals, and our elected leaders rely on the Tax Dodgers to make sure that the 1% do not pay their fair share.

     

    WHEN: Tax Day- Tuesday, April 17, 2012 beginning at 11 a.m. and appearing around the city throughout the day.

     

    WHERE: The steps of the James A. Farley Post Office at 33d Street and 8th Ave.

     

    Background: Community members will hold a series of protests and demonstrations across the city throughout the morning and afternoon. The main event will be at the Farley Post Office, where speakers will note that they pay their taxes but banks like Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo, and corporations like General Electric and Verizon don’t. The Tax Dodgers will take a swing to make sure that money for education, Social Security and to stop home foreclosures gets put back into the pockets of those who pay no taxes and get paid through taxes while investing in lobbyists to keep it that way, instead of for good of society. Will the 99% call a foul and call the Tax Dodgers and the 1% “out” on Tax Day?

     

     

     

    Highlights of the day:
    8 a.m. Actions begin at select local post offices across the city, then move to Farley Post Office at 11 a.m. for press conference and interviews.
    12:30 p.m. Tax Dodgers baseball team and the corporate cheerleaders The Loopholes protest outside 725 5th Ave., where the Trumps are hosting Ann Romney for her birthday. A giant inflated mitt will be there to represent Romney and the Tax Dodgers will hit giant inflated baseballs through the differentloopholes.
    1:15pm Bain Capital (57th and Madison). Protest continues and targets for his 13.9% tax rate.
    2:00 p.m. General Electric (50th and 5th).
    2:45 p.m. Paulson Group (50th and 6th)
    3:30 p.m. Wells Fargo (43rd and 6th)
    4:00 p.m. Tax Dodgers join march.
    4:30 p.m. UFT feeder march leaves from 50th st and 6th ave.
    5:00 p.m. March to Wells Fargo at 39th and 7th; Chase at 37th and 7th; Then back to Farley where, at shortly after 6 p.m. marshal will hand out envelopes of money representing more than what General Electric, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Chase, and Bank of America all together paid in taxes in the last three years --- 1 penny, because they paid no taxes. There also will be several actionsleading up to midnight tax deadline.

     

    Updated video addressing the comments of people about who the referees are.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfbWxihMKNc

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