UTSAN, Texas — The Texas Public Policy Foundation is offering to refund $1 million in state and local taxes if a student can show they did nothing wrong, the foundation’s executive director said Thursday.
The $1,000 refund would be a small, symbolic step to the charity’s broader goal of lowering state and federal tax burdens.
It is one of several steps in the foundation s $100 million, 15-year plan to reduce taxes for Texas residents, especially those who earn less than $150,000 a year.
The refund, announced by the foundation, is a way to show the foundation is listening to its members, said Phil Schaffner, executive director.
We are not just talking about a small number of people.
We believe that if you pay the taxes that you owe, you are doing something for your community.
The foundation has been in the news recently for its efforts to help low-income people, including in the Austin area.
In September, the university of Wisconsin, Madison, agreed to reimburse students and workers $6,000 for the tuition and fees they paid to attend a conference, and to reimburse those same students for travel and lodging, according to a news release.
In November, the University of Texas at Austin agreed to repay $7,000 to students and employees who paid the cost of a trip to Washington, D.C., to protest the killing of a police officer, the release said.