Help make Tax Day good news for poor people.

March 19, 2010 at 5:36 am Leave a comment

 This year, the Sunday after Easter is also the Sunday before Tax Day, April 15. We may not immediately see a connection between the two, but as followers of the risen Christ, we know that all of life lies within his realm. Please join us April 11 in a special Tax Day emphasis.
Churches across the country are joining with Bread for the World this year to make sure hungry and poor people experience good news on Tax Day.

On April 11, we are calling on our favorite biblical tax collector, Zacchaeus, to help spread the word. In Luke 19, we see that Zacchaeus is transformed by his encounter with Jesus. His story reminds us that when the tax system meets Jesus, there is good news for poor people.

Taxes are one way we acknowledge our interdependence, and tax policies—who gets taxed at what rate? who gets deductions? who gets credits?—reflect our priorities as a nation. Bread for the World’s 2010 Offering of Letters seeks to protect and expand tax credits for low-income working families, helping to make sure they have the resources they need to feed and care for their children.

Bread for the World’s Tax Day resources will help your congregation think and pray about the role of taxes and tax credits. They include:

  • A litany that helps your congregation “pray through” many of the lines on the 1040 form.
  • A sermon/study resource that examines Zacchaeus’ story and connects it to our own tax filing and Bread’s 2010 Offering of Letters.
  • A Tax Day insert for your bulletin.
  • A listing of study, discussion, and community engagement activities.
  • A simple message you can share by phone with members of Congress.

This Tax Day observance is not intended to replace your congregation’s Offering of Letters, but to better prepare members to see the connection between tax policy and making sure hungry children are fed. Some congregations may choose to hold their Offering on April 11, but many others will use this day to point to an Offering in the coming months.

Check out Bread’s Tax Day Web page and join us in calling for tax policies that bring good news to poor people in your community. Share your commitment to this good news by signing our pledge.

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