Gottheimer, Lance Unveil Bipartisan Tax Cut Plan to Save SALT, Cut Taxes for New Jersey Families and Businesses of All Sizes, Reduce the Deficit

Dec 05, 2017

RELEASE: Gottheimer, Lance Unveil Bipartisan Tax Cut Plan to Save SALT, Cut Taxes for NJ Families and Businesses of All Sizes, Reduce Deficit

Plan Would Protect New Jersey Taxpayers, Seniors, Students

Rep. Josh Gottheimer and Rep. Leonard Lance introduce Gottheimer-Lance Tax Cut.

WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of the House and Senate Conference, Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Republican Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7), two members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, unveiled a Bipartisan fix to save the State and Local Tax Deduction, cut taxes for New Jersey families and businesses, and reduce the deficit.

The bipartisan plan includes a fix to the Senate Tax Hike Plan, as passed over the weekend, by preserving the State and Local Tax Deduction, saving the Mortgage Interest Deduction, and reducing the deficit impact by more than $100 billion, based on estimates from the bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

Because all hardworking Americans deserve a tax cut, the plan would retain the same basic rate structure as the Senate bill, including doubling the standard deduction, lowering rates for individuals and reducing the top tax bracket.

The bill would also protect seniors and students by retaining the Medical Expense and Student Loan Interest Deductions.

Specifically, the bill would:

 1. Save the State and Local Tax Deduction

2. Preserve the Mortgage Interest Deduction

3. Cut Taxes for Individuals

4. Cut Corporate Tax Rate to 20% and Create 23% Deduction for Small Businesses and Pass through Businesses, including professional services such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants, consistent with the Senate bill.

5. Deficit Reduction of more than $100 billion

6. Retain Important Deductions and Exemptions including Medical Expense, Student Loan Interest and Private Activity Bonds

7. Retain Current Amortization for Capital Investment

8. Encourage Charitable Donations and Deployment by Closing the “Private Foundation Loophole.”

9. Double the Estate Tax Exemption, Protect Family Businesses and Farms

10. Close New Loopholes and Special Interest Handouts

The full plan can be found HERE.

Announcing the plan, Congressman Gottheimer said, “New Jersey families need a tax cut, but what we’ve seen so far in Congress is a Tax Hike Bill paid for on our backs in the Garden State. Congressman Lance and I came together to offer an alternative for the Conference Committee: a commonsense, bipartisan tax cut plan that’s good for New Jersey families and businesses of all sizes and that saves the State and Local Tax Deduction. I urge our colleagues in Conference this week to consider our plan that would actually cut taxes, save the SALT deduction, and reduce the deficit. This plan delivers tax cuts and stops Moocher States from gutting New Jersey’s economy.”

 “Tax reform should benefit all Americans and not pick winner states over loser states.  New Jersey is already one of the highest-taxed states in the Nation, sending a disproportionate amount of funds to Washington.  Enough is enough.  We are presenting the conference committee with ideas for a fiscally responsible compromise that ensures New Jerseyans see the same tax relief promised to other states.” Said Rep. Lance.

Video of today’s announcement can be found HERE.


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