Some metro Atlanta residents gathered at the Gwinnett County Justice Center on Thursday to show elected officials how the impending tax increase will effect middle class families in Georgia if a fiscal cliff deal is not reached within the next five days.
Several taxpayers made the journey to Congressman Rob Woodall's office in Lawrenceville with bags of groceries in hand. Their mission was to prove a point.
"This is real, this is what we're talking about. This is what is off our table if we don't find a solution to this fiscal cliff," said Sam Gonzales.
Residents said their taxes will go up by about $140 every two weeks, which is enough money to buy a family of four two week's worth of groceries.
Many middle-class families fear the impending tax increase will cripple them financially if a deal is not reached within the next five days.
"When you explain to them that they're looking at over $3,000 in increased income and payroll taxes come Jan. 1 unless congress acts, they realize that's real money with real consequences as illustrated by the groceries," Community activist Jeff Disantis said.
Residents said they would like to see Congress extend the middle class tax cuts before the end of the year and then address the rest of the fiscal fiasco next year.
"We need this money. Every dollar counts and when you take away our ability to actually feed our family and put food on the table, it's very upsetting," taxpayer Sam Gonzales said.
"I'm on a fixed income. Going over the fiscal cliff or not going over the fiscal cliff, it's hard enough. We need to get together, congress needs to come together and do the peoples will," taxpayer Pat Lowery said.
Congressman Woodall was not in his Gwinnett County office Thursday when the group of concerned taxpayers showed up, but his staff did take down their information and promised to pass along their concerns.
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