Taxes must be suffering from battered women's syndrome about now. We're all like, “Aw come on, baby. You know I loves ya,” Then–BAM!–corporations and rich people rap taxes upside the head, saying they ain't returning to Clinton-era levels. Then we get all lovey-dovey again and–WHAM!–House Republicans are rejecting any attempt to raise taxes amid our shaky economy . . . to save our shaky economy. And we all ride public roads, eat inspected meat and send our men and women into harm's way and then cheat on taxes–on her birthday, Tax Day, no less.
Coming to taxes' rescue in Irvine today will be members of MoveOn.org. At 4:30 p.m., they will gather at the Bank of America branch at 18622 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, and, dressed as IRS agents, present a giant tax bill to the branch manager (who will be expected to pass it along to corporate overlords).
The stunt is part of a nationwide Tax Day campaign called “Make Them Pay” which is targeting the so-called “Deadbeat Dozen”: GE, Bank of America, Google, BP, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Boeing, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Goldman Sachs and Chase–wealthy corporations that are doing everything in their power to avoid paying taxes in America.
“During these difficult economic times, when all Americans are being asked to sacrifice, it is simply wrong that Bank of America is shirking their American duty to pay their taxes,” Ron Varesteh, Move On Irvine's council coordinator, explains in an email. “We are protesting on Tax Day because corporate tax dodgers have a responsibility to our community and our nation to pay their fair share. We pay our taxes. Bank of America should, too.”
Bank of America made $60,360,000,000 in profit for 2010, according to Move On.
The total B of A paid in taxes on that profit: $0.
Borrowing a page from the Michael Moore playbook, yellow police tape will be put up around the B of A branch to indicate it is a crime scene (ala the film Capitalism, a Love Story).