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Alabama Taxes on Poor are Country's Worst

By Alabama Public Radio

Montgomery, AL – This year, Alabama will be the only state that taxes families who earn less than half of the federal poverty level. A study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzed tax burdens on the nation's poor residents. Last year, for a two-parent families of four people, Alabama started collecting income tax at four-thousand-600 dollars of income. That's the lowest threshold nationwide. Governor Bob Riley has called that tax threshold "immoral." But state voters defeated his 2003 proposal to raise that tax threshold to about 20-thousand dollars.

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