Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted to provide immediate tax relief to 39th District residents and lift the cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT). His bipartisan Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act would eliminate the marriage penalty by doubling the cap to $20,000 for joint filers for 2019 and would fully restore the SALT deduction for 2020 and 2021. The Act would increase the tax deduction available for teachers and establish a new tax deduction for first responders. The cost of this plan would be fully offset by returning the top individual tax rate from 37 percent, back to 39.6 percent, as was in place prior to the 2017 tax bill.
“Throughout this year, I’ve heard from countless constituents who are struggling after being hit with a larger tax bill. Our current tax system and the cap on the SALT deduction have unfairly burdened too many hard-working families, teachers, and first responders in the 39th District. They deserve relief,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I’m proud to have worked with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to introduce this important legislation. I’m even more proud that the House took action and moved us one step closer to lowering taxes for the people of the 39th District. I urge the Senate to follow the House’s leadership and pass this bipartisan bill.”
In the 39th District, 350,480 constituents filed tax returns in 2016. Of those returns, 139,630 filed for a SALT return, about 40 percent, for an average SALT deduction of $16,882. Also in 2016, there were 2.3 million joint returns filed by Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino county residents. In all three counties, 18% of taxpayers claimed the SALT deduction, for a total deduction worth $3.2 billion.
About 94 percent of America’s public school teachers bought school supplies in 2014-15, according to a U.S. Department of Education survey. Approximately 94 percent spent an average of $500 on these supplies, and nearly 1 out of 10 spent more than $1,000. In 2017, 8,830 teachers in the 39th District filed tax returns claiming the above the line educator’s expense deduction.
Rep. Cisneros is a member of a SALT working group that was formed earlier this year and was chaired by Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman, Mike Thompson (D-CA-05). Earlier this month, Rep. Cisneros spoke on the House floor urging his colleagues to act to lift the cap on SALT. He co-introduced the bipartisan H.R. 1591, the Salt Relief and Marriage Penalty Elimination Act, to make the SALT deduction equal to the standard deduction taken by taxpayers, encouraging homeownership and charitable giving. Rep. Cisneros also urged the House Ways and Means Committee to eliminate the $10,000 cap on the SALT deduction.
Rep. Cisneros has also advocated for H.R. 878, the Educators Expense Deduction Modernization Act, to increase the tax deduction for teachers, and H.R. 5342, the Supporting America’s First Responders Act of 2019, to establish a deduction for first responders.
This article was released by the Office of Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.