I’m a small-business owner. I don’t need a tax cut.

Pew Research recently released a poll that shows most Americans agree with what I’ve always believed as a small business owner — large, multinational corporations don’t pay enough in taxes. Sixty-two percent said they’re bothered “a lot” by the feeling that some corporations don’t pay their fair share. 

For more than 30 years, I’ve owned and operated Hel’s Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Ill. It’s a successful company, but we can’t even come close to competing on the bottom line with big businesses that pay armies of high-priced accountants and tax attorneys to park their profits overseas and dodge taxes, approximately $135 billion a year, through offshore loopholes.

Tax revenue is a critical component of maintaining a strong economy. I’m happy to pay my fair share of taxes because it means that money is circulating in my local economy, increasing consumer demand and my customer base. I don’t need tax cuts for my business to grow; I need more customers who can afford to hire a caterer. 

 

So why do corporate goliaths get to reap the benefits of what taxes pay for — including using our roads and bridges, recruiting from our schools and universities and operating under our laws in a society protected by our military — without paying for it like the rest of us? That leaves

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