Did you know that construction industry tax fraud costs taxpayers over $2.6 billion per year? That’s $80 per second!
It’s an epidemic. Many cheating contractors take work away from honest companies and pad their own pockets by evading their local, state/provincial and federal tax obligations. They fail to properly deduct and pay taxes that you see taken out of every one of your paychecks, nor do they pay workers’ compensation insurance premiums. It’s a big problem! The billions of dollars in lost city, state and federal tax revenue is money that can help build schools and reduce class sizes, improve infrastructure, increase funding for first responders, and help veterans without adding anything more to the deficit.
Who is getting ripped off? Our communities, including working families, honest businesses, and city/state/federal budgets. You pay taxes… why shouldn’t all construction contractors?
The Southeastern Carpenters are stepping up and doing something about it. We are speaking out and taking action – 21 actions, to be exact. We are canvassing locations all across the South to make sure the general public is aware of this problem. In conjunction with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Standing Up to Tax Fraud Days of Action April 13-15, the Southeastern Carpenters are hosting the following events (to view events according to each SECRC Local Union, click here):
Leading off our 21 action events is Local 256, out of Savannah, Georgia.
Local 256 members and their families kicked off our effort by already distributing informational fliers outside the Walmart Super Center in Vidalia, GA on March 24, and did the same thing on April 7 at the Walmart Super Center in Brunswick, GA. Special thanks to action leader Patrick Lockley for getting these two events completed. Well done everyone!
Knoxville Tennessee Local 50 Saturates the Area
Led by member Jody Wright, Local 50, is set to engage in eight events to help promote awareness of tax fraud in Tennessee. Volunteers of Local 50 will be at three post offices on Friday and four more on Saturday, April 12-13 to distribute leaflets that explain why tax fraud is such a dangerous issue for all citizens. Join us! Contact Jody Wright at 865-410-4772
Friday, April 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 10 am – Noon
Turning Up the Heat Everywhere on April 13…
Several Locals throughout the Southeastern Council will be busy on Saturday, April 13 in four different states. Here’s a roster of where we will be:
· In Nashville, Tennessee, Local 223 carpenters, led by member James Schimanski, will be at the Cherry Blossom Festival (S. 1st Street at the John Segenthler pedestrian bridge), from 8:30 – 10:30 am to distribute information to Festival goers. Join Us! Call James Schimanski at 931-709-3006.
· Over in Chattanooga, TN, Local 74 members, led by member Brian Nelson, will be distributing fliers around the Northshore area from 10 am to Noon. Join Us! Call Brian Nelson 423-718-1045.
Post Office action days on the 13th from 10 am to Noon are:
· US Post Office, 257 Lawrence St., NE, Marietta, GA – Join us by contacting Atlanta Local 225’s event leaders Orlando Franquez 770-370-1981 or Carlos De Luna 770-710-3990
· US Post Office, 3108 Peach Orchard, Augusta, GA – Join us by contacting Augusta Local 283 event leaders Josh McCauley 706-832-2085 or Chris Schoon 815-508-1796
· US Post Office, 110 N. State St., Lexington, NC – Join us by contacting North Carolina Local 312 event leaders Kenneth Garris 336-897-6830 or Randy Jenkins 336-250-9887
· US Post Office, 603 S. Main St., King, NC – Join us by contacting North Carolina Local 312 event leaders Kenneth Garris 336-897-6830 or Randy Jenkins 336-250-9887
· US Post Office, 3410 Joe Treadwell Dr., Mobile Ala – Join us by contacting Mobile, Ala Local 318 event leader Ralph Maddox at 601-942-8601
· US Post Office, 553 3rd Street, Memphis, TN – Join us by contacting Memphis Local 345 event leader Jeremy Tallent at 901-297-3431
· US Post Office, 210 N. Seminary St., Florence, AL – Join us by contacting Florence, Ala Local 1209 event leaders Adam King 256-627-4133 or Tim Burns 256-349-0637
Sunday Action, April 14
· Local 225 completes the second of their weekend blitz by appearing at the US Post Office, 3900 Crown Road, SW, Atlanta, GA from 1-3 pm on April 14. Join us by contacting event leaders Orlando Franquez 770-370-1981 or Carlos De Luna 770-710-3990
Tax Day Action, April 15
· Augusta’s Local 283 completes the Tax Fraud Days of Action by distributing information at the US Post Office, 3301 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA on April 15 from 11 am – 1 pm. Join us by contacting event leaders Josh McCauley 706-832-2085 or Chris Schoon 815-508-1796.
Be Sure to Understand the Problem…
Why are so many construction contractors committing tax fraud? They do it to steal jobs from tax-paying business and their employees. Corrupt contractors pay workers off the books, or, less often, as independent contractors when they clearly shouldn’t. That allows them to evade state, local, and federal taxes, so they can illegally lower their labor costs to underbid law-abiding competitors. AND IT’S INTENTIONAL.
Get educated. Visit StandingUpToTaxFraud.net