House Chief Tax Writer to Include SALT Deduction in Legislation

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Cong. Kevin Brady

The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee plans to include the state and local tax (SALT) deduction in the tax legislation.

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On Saturday, Republican Cong. Kevin Brady told Bloomberg that his fellow lawmakers encouraged him to keep the SALT deduction.

Brady said, “At the urging of lawmakers, we are restoring an itemized property tax deduction to help taxpayers with local tax burdens.”

The House chief tax writer made the statement prior to the expected release of tax legislation on Wednesday. Over the past few weeks, Brady had been engage in discussions with GOP lawmakers from high-tax states regarding the SALT deduction.

Trump Administration Cong. Kevin Brady tax reform frameworkLast month, the Trump administration released its tax reform framework which included lowering tax rates and repealing the SALT deduction. More than 44 million taxpayers use and rely on this deduction. Taxpayers in California, New York, and New Jersey, and other high-tax states will suffer greatly if Congress eliminates this deduction.

 

Many Republican lawmakers from New York and New Jersey expressed their intention to reject a tax bill that abolishes the SALT deduction.

Democrats strongly reject eliminating SALT deduction

It is also interesting to note that these high-state taxes are broadly Democratic. The leaders of the party strongly reject the GOP’s tax plan.