Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) joined Reps. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Tom Suozzi (NY-3) and more than 10 of her bipartisan colleagues to announce the formation of a new SALT [State And Local Tax] Caucus in Congress. The SALT Caucus is a new bipartisan caucus created to advocate for new tax relief for hard-working taxpayers. The caucus will serve as a platform to educate Congress, the Administration, and the public on the merits of the SALT deduction, as well as the serious and negative impacts the cap has had on taxpayers. The group plans to continue advocating for the cap’s repeal.
“Californians already pay some of the highest taxes in the country. The last Administration’s tax reforms did a lot of good, but they hurt taxpayers where the cost of living is higher, like our district in California. The average deduction lost in my district was $28,254. I’m proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue calling for a repeal of the cap so taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Rep. Steel.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed Congress in 2017, established a new $10,000 limit on the amount of state and local taxes that individuals can deduct on their federal income tax returns. This cap has hit taxpayers the hardest in high-tax and high-cost of living states like California, New York, and New Jersey. California’s 48th Congressional District ranks 13th overall of districts most impacted by SALT. The 48th District was responsible for 19.8% of all SALT deductions in the country in 2018 and the average deduction lost by taxpayers was $28,254.
Rep. Steel is a cosponsor of two bills in Congress that would repeal SALT, the Salt Fairness Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Garcia (CA-25) and the SALT Deductibility Act sponsored by Rep. Thomas Suozzi (NY-3).