Sending Office: Honorable Katie Porter
Sent By:
Brieana.Marticorena@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy urging them to prioritize reinstating the 7.5% income threshold for the medical expense tax deduction in end-of-year legislation.

The medical expense tax deduction provides critical relief for Americans by offsetting the cost of serious or chronic illnesses, unexpected sickness or injuries, or long-term care and assisted living. The deduction is particularly important for older Americans
and individuals with disabilities, with nearly 40% of individuals claiming the deduction estimated to be age 65 or older.

The threshold to claim the medical expense tax deduction rose from 7.5% to 10% of income at the beginning of 2019. Without action, many Americans will discover that they no longer qualify to use this important deduction when they file their taxes. Even those
who qualify will see taxes they owe increased. 

If you would like to sign on, please contact Brieana Marticorena (Brieana.Marticorena@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Porter’s office or John Deoudes (John.Deoudes@mail.house.gov)
with Congressman Kenny Marchant by COB Wednesday December 4th.

Sincerely,

Katie Porter                             Kenny Marchant

Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy:

We write to urge you to prioritize reducing families’ medical expenses as we look towards end-of-year legislation. If Congress does not act by the end of the year, millions of families with high medical costs will see their taxes increase when they file
their taxes for this year. 

The medical expense tax deduction allows families to deduct unreimbursed medical expenses if those expenses exceed a certain amount of their income. The threshold to claim this deduction rose from 7.5% to 10% of income at the beginning of 2019. Without action,
many Americans will discover that they no longer qualify to use this important deduction when they file their taxes. Even those who qualify will see the taxes they owe increased. 

The medical expense tax deduction provides critical relief for Americans by offsetting the cost of serious or chronic illnesses, unexpected sickness or injuries, or long-term care and assisted living. The deduction is particularly important for older Americans
and individuals with disabilities, with nearly 40% of individuals claiming the deduction estimated to be age 65 or older. In addition, the deduction primarily helps lower- and middle-income families. According to AARP, nearly 70% of individuals claiming the
deduction have incomes between $23,100 and $113,000.

American families are already buried under medical debt. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, rates of third-party collections for medical debt have risen to 58% in 2018. In addition, about half of people who file for bankruptcy cite medical
issues as a primary reason. Too many Americans have already been forced to ration or delay needed prescriptions and medical services due to high costs. Congress must act to preserve the full benefits of the medical expense tax deduction for those struggling
with high medical costs.

We respectfully request that any end-of-year legislation reinstate the 7.5% threshold for the medical expense tax deduction. We look forward to working with you on this priority.

Sincerely,

Members of Congress

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