Norton Says Higher Limits on SALT Deduction Is A Win for D.C. Residents

Dec 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released her remarks on the House floor today on the Restoring Tax Fairness for State and Localities Act, which passed the House.  At 40 percent, D.C. residents are at the top among Americans who deduct state and local taxes (SALT) to reduce their federal taxes. The 2017 Republican Tax Bill capped SALT deduction at $10,000 per year.

In her remarks, Norton said, “We cannot, of course protect Americans from taxes, but ever since the passage of the federal income tax law in 1913 we have protected them from being taxed on dollars already taxed by state and local governments.  The Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act ensures that wisdom.”

Norton’s full remarks can be found below.

Madam Speaker, Americans famously complain about taxes. Who can then blame residents of the District of Columbia, where 40 percent claim the SALT deduction, among the largest number of taxpayers in the country?  By allowing at least a $10,000 deduction, the 2017 Republican tax law concedes that it imposes double taxation.

The Republican tax law was particularly nefarious because it virtually targeted blue states, whose taxes support values like funding for local public education. We cannot, of course protect Americans from taxes, but ever since the passage of the federal income tax law in 1913 we have protected them from being taxed on dollars already taxed by state and local governments.  The Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act ensures that wisdom.

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