Sending Office: Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By:
Sacajawea.Fanning@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Endorsed by: National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, Americans Against Double Taxation, Council of State Governments, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, International Association of Fire Fighters, Government
Finance Officers Association, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

Current Cosponsors:  Holmes Norton, Nadler, Espaillat, O’Halleran, DeFazio, Pallone Jr., Swalwell, McGovern, Meeks, Hanabusa, Sires, DeSaulnier, Clarke, Lynch, Watson Coleman, Cicilline, Cohen, Raskin, Welch, Davis (Susan A.), Garamendi,
and Khanna

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in standing up for middle-class families by cosponsoring H.RES. 587 to preserve the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. For years, this essential tax provision has strengthened middle-class family budgets.

Eliminating this important tax deduction would have devastating effects on middle-class working Americans, as well as state and local governments. If the SALT deduction were to be eliminated, 24% of taxpayers nationwide would see an increase in their annual
taxes. According to the Urban-Brookings model, the average tax increase nationwide would be over $2,000 if SALT were repealed.[1] This deduction
is also vital for low- and middle-class homeowners: 60% of taxpayers making less than $50,000 a year claim SALT deductions for their local property taxes.[2]

Ending the SALT deduction would also put a strain on local and state budgets by making it more difficult for states and localities to raise the revenue necessary to invest in their communities. If state and local officials are forced to slash their budgets,
middle- and lower-income families would likely feel the brunt of the cuts. State and local governments finance K-12 education, economic development, job training, transportation, health care, police, fire, parks, libraries, and community health facilities,
all of which would be at risk if SALT were eliminated. [3]

Our tax code is complex, burdensome, and in dire need of reform, but that doesn’t mean that we have to fix it in a way that hurts working families. Instead of hurting family budgets, we should be working on a bipartisan plan that helps middle-class families
and encourages companies to create jobs in America.

If you would like to cosponsor, or if you have any questions, please contact Sacajawea Fanning in Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s office at
sacajawea.fanning@mail.house.gov or 5-4476.

 

Sincerely,

 

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Elizabeth H. Esty                              John B. Larson                              Joe Courtney

Member of Congress                      Member of Congress                   Member of Congress

 

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Rosa L. DeLauro                                  Jim Himes

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

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[1]

https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/2000693-revisiting-the-state-and-local-tax-deduction.pdf

[2]
http://www.gfoa.org/sites/default/files/GFOA_SALT_09202017.pdf

[3]

https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/eliminating-state-and-local-tax-deduction-to-pay-for-tax-cuts-for#_ftn6

Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Taxes
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 587
Special Note: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the deduction for State and local taxes is beneficial and should remain intact.
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