Tax-filing deadline met with protests

April 18, 2011 4:28:21 PM PDT
Monday is the deadline for filing taxes and it was met by demonstrations against corporations and banks that protestors claim do not pay their fair share.

"When all the wealthy pay their taxes, I want to be in that number, when all the wealthy pay their tax," demonstrators sang as they marched in front of a Wells Fargo bank branch in Berkeley. They say big banks and corporations are using loopholes to delay and avoid paying their income taxes.

"The rich are getting tax cuts and the banks are not paying their amount of tax while the poor people are getting their programs cut," River Lebow said.

In response, Wells Fargo issued a statement calling itself a "responsible corporate citizen" and saying that, "Over the past five years, we have paid out more than $10 billion in income taxes to federal and state authorities."