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Join the movement for Fair Taxation

Instagram: @flatzaccheus (FlatZach)

Facebook: FlatZach page

Twitter: @flatzacchaeus (FlatZach)

Hashtags: #FlatZach, #flatzacchaeus, #fairtaxation, #socialjustice

Let’s connect the Bible’s most notorious tax collector to the fair tax issues facing Americans today.

Let’s send FlatZach to Congress and all points in between. Our country must change the inequality between the wealthiest and those barely scraping by.

Call to Action:

FlatZach is going to take over social media for fair taxation now!

Photograph FlatZach in places and ways that relate to fair taxation — in front of government offices, with people or places that are hurt by our current unfair tax policies or that would be helped by fair taxation.

Use your imagination and have FlatZach help give voice to why you feel fair taxation is needed now.

Flat Zacchaeus on Social Media:

Post your pictures on social media using #FlatZach. We are also connecting with the hashtags:

#FlatZach

#flatzacchaeus

#fairtaxation

#socialjustice

How does it work:

  • Here you can print FlatZach and color him as you like.
  • Here is a colorful FlatZach ready to go.
  • Here and here are form letters you can send to your member of Congress advocating for their support of fair tax initiatives.
  • Congressional contact information is here and here.
  • Take FlatZach on an adventure:
      • Decorate FlatZach
      • Photograph FlatZach and post his adventures on social media
      • Take FlatZach to your House and Senate district offices
  • Take FlatZach to Washington, DC.
  • Here is a summary sheet of the FlatZach Tax Initiative for your reference.

Who was Zacchaeus?

Zacchaeus was a tax collector in Jericho at the time of Jesus. He is described as short, active, industrious, and even canny. His name meant “innocent, righteous, upright.” Unfortunately Roman tax systems, especially in the provinces, were known to be proverbially unjust. The poor and vulnerable were made to pay life crushing taxes, while the rich aristocracy found their way to avoid taxes altogether and some even benefitted from the corrupt system.

In this encounter, Zacchaeus was completely transformed and made a marvelous promise: “Lord, I will give half of my wealth to the poor, and to those from whom I have extorted unjust taxes, I will give back four times as much!” Finally his name made sense, he became righteous and upright!

The story of Zacchaeus as it appears in the Bible, in the Gospel of Luke (19:1-10):

Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town and suddenly a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He kept trying to see which Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at your house today.’ And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. ‘He has gone to stay at a sinner’s house,’ they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, ‘Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man has come to seek out and save what was lost.’