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WASHINGTON -- In its latest campaign to challenge Wal-Mart's business practices, WakeUpWalMart.com yesterday launched a national tax day protest in 64 cities and 28 states to highlight its assertion that that "Wal-Mart costs taxpayers over $2.5 billion every year."
The campaign, entitled "Stop the Wal-Mart Tax," charged that Wal-Mart costs American taxpayers billions of dollars because of "its corporate irresponsibility and the fact that uninsured Wal-Mart workers and their families are being forced onto taxpayer-funded public health care."
WakeUpWalMart.com also announced new research by the Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) which said it found that Wal-Mart avoided $2.3 billion in state income taxes from 1999-2005. According to CTJ, by using an array of tax loopholes, such as REITs, Wal-Mart paid less than half of the state income tax that would be expected.
During the Tax Day actions, WakeUpWalMart.com supporters dressed in blue "Stop the Wal-Mart Tax" t-shirts and gathered at U.S. Post Offices across the country. The group is distributing "Wal-Mart Tax" cards on its Web site.