Article: The Poverty Fine

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What I Did

I wrote an article, which I published on Medium and another website, that deals with an issue that had bothered me for a while: methods of taxation that disproportionately effect people living in poverty.

Grocery tax is a poverty fine. It’s an unavoidable penalty that disproportionately affects the poor.

According to the USDA, a low-cost food plan for a family of four can cost $838.90 a month, or $10,066.80 a year. Assuming these costs remain more or less consistent throughout the country, my city may charge a frugal family of four roughly $151.00 every year just for feeding themselves (at the rate of 1.5%). And, it gets worse. At a combined rate of 10%, families in Montgomery, Alabama may pay as much as $1,006.68 every year.

Read more at Medium.

Skills Demonstrated

In writing this short article, I had to do research to back up my points about sales tax on food.

I tried to write the article in a casual tone that was different from how I usually write, which I think demonstrates my ability to adapt my tone and writing style for the audience that I’m trying to reach.

About Me

Hi! I’m Jacob Pritchett and I like solving problems.

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