TO GOVERN THEMSELVES A PEOPLE MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE MARYLAND MTEF HELPS YOU STAY IN CHARGE OF TAXES YOU PAY TAX MTEF was organized to provide information and education programs about Maryland taxes. Based on the premise of President EDUCATION James Madison that a people who would gov- ern themselves must have the knowledge to do so. FOUNDATION MTEF has co-sponsored four Maryland Insti- tutes on State Budget Analysis. MTEF re- searches basic tax issues to provide the Taxpayers with infor- mation that will as- sist them make deci- sions about proper levels of State gov- MTEF ernment spending, www.MarylandTaxEducation.ORG the tax rates and Call MTEF. Explore your tax ideas. types of taxes that 301-762-3784 are “best.” MTEF will provide information and results of Send contributions and correspondence to: research to news organizations, opinion Maryland Tax Education Foundation, Inc. leaders, legislators, other elected officials 103 North Adams Street Rockville, MD 20850-2217 HELPS TAXPAYERS and its contributors. Phone: 301-762-3784 — E-mail: MDTAXES@AOL.COM UNDERSTAND WHO PAYS A copy of our annual report is available on request. William J. Skinner, President MTEF is a 501(c ) (3) tax exempt organization and contributions are tax deductible Tax Deductible Contribution Form Research of Tax Issues Requires Property Taxes Collecting and Analyzing Lots of How can elderly and others on fixed in- Individual Contributor Levels Amount Enclosed Data: This takes Time and Expertise. comes continue to pay more and more Free State Club $10,000 or more $ property taxes? What can be done in Admiral Level $1,000 to 9,999 $ Maryland to allow these people to keep Leadership Level $500 to 999 $ their homes? Do businesses pay adequate property taxes? Tax Educator Level $100 to 499 $ MTEF needs enough resources to collect Basic Member $25 to 99 $ the data. Budget books, legislative re- MTEF believes you deserve the information Corporate Sponsor $500 to $2,499 $ ports, and tax information needed to to answer these questions. study the tax issues most important to Corporate Benefactor over $2,500 $ Marylanders could fill a large room. Project $1.1 Billion Recovery I prefer to contribute by installments of MTEF needs to have experts review and MTEF is providing administrative support to this $_______ per _________(period). Total: analyze the available data and de- important effort that challenges the legal fees velop policy options that will resolve the being charged to Maryland Taxpayers for rep- issues in conformance with MTEF’s goals. resentation in the State’s lawsuit and settlement Name MTEF is governed by a Board of Direc- with the Tobacco Companies. Company tors from which officers are elected an- nually to serve the purposes of the When the State’s lawyer refused to follow the Board. Attorney General’s direction in the suit and re- Address fused to go the special fund set up for attorney Contributions to MTEF are tax fees, lawsuits were filed. The work done, the deductible under the State argued to the arbitrators, was worth Internal Revenue nearly $28 million. Tobacco company lawyers Code as MTEF has told the arbitrators the work was worth $128 Phone been approved by million. But the State’s lawyer wants $1.1 Billion the IRS as a 501( c) after breaching the contract with the State .in Method of Payment (3) organization. A several ways MTEF agrees a proper fee should be determined by the Courts under Rule Check Enclosed copy of MTEF’s ap- proval letter is avail- 1.5 able on request. This Bill Me MTEF is looking for funds to make this issue MTEF educates the Tax- means you can help come out better for the Taxpayers. If you want payer on the options. educate others about Signature taxes and take a tax to support Project $1.1 Billion Recovery mark your check “Tobacco Case.” deduction. Pension Doubts Will state government workers actually Unconstitutional Taxes Is Send contributions and correspondence to: Maryland Tax Education Foundation, Inc. receive the greatly enhanced pension spending surplus tax revenues constitu- 103 North Adams Street benefits promised to them after the cur- tional? Does Maryland have spending un- Rockville, MD 20850-2217 rent Governor and Legislature are gone. der proper controls? What happened to Federal law requires private employers the balanced budget concept that was sold www.marylandtaxeducation.org to have the money available, but does it to the people? What about taxes that are make the State do the same? In twenty defined as “service charges,” “fees,” and “ Phone: 301-762-3784 — E-mail: MDTAXES@AOL.COM years, will the pension fund deficit still benefits.” From property taxes to income William J. Skinner, President exist. MTEF will research and demon- taxes, there are real issues needing study MTEF is a 501(c ) (3) tax exempt organization and contributions are tax strate the facts. deductible and action.