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VIDEO: Jaime Herrera Beutler Fights for Permanent Extension of State and Local Sales Tax Deduction

Bill to provide Southwest Washington residents with fairness in the tax code passes U.S. House of Representatives

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Washington, DC, April 16, 2015 | comments
Today Jaime Herrera Beutler spoke on the U.S. House floor in support of permanently extending the state and local sales tax deduction.
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Today Jaime Herrera Beutler spoke on the U.S. House floor in support of permanently extending the state and local sales tax deduction. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a bipartisan vote of 272 to 152.

The state and local sales tax deduction allows residents of states without a state income tax, like Washington state, to deduct state and local sales tax from their federal tax returns. Residents of states with income tax are able to deduct it from their federal taxes. In 2012, 27.7% of Washington state filers used the sales tax deduction, saving residents here more than $2 billion. The average claim was $602.

Permanent extension of the state and local sales tax deduction would eliminate the uncertainty that individuals and families have faced each year with one year extensions of the provision by Congress.

Click here to watch Jaime's floor speech

Below is an excerpt from Jaime’s speech:

“Residents from over 40 states get to deduct their state income tax from their federal taxes, but residents in Washington do not have that option. We pay one of the highest state sales taxes in the country and without the option to deduct state sales tax we are forced to carry a higher amount of the federal burden.

“At a time when several counties in Southwest Washington are still in economic recovery, we need to make sure families who have already dutifully paid their taxes can keep a little more of their money. $602 was the average claim from the state sales tax reduction. A mom in Chehalis can make $602 go a long way! When she spends it on groceries, gas, or new soccer cleats for the kids, that money is going back into the local economy and generating more economic activity.”

This bill was part of a larger package of taxpayer protection and IRS accountability bills passed by the U.S. House this week. The package also included the Taxpayer Bill of Rights that establishes the right of taxpayers to challenge the IRS and appeal their decision, the IRS Email Transparency Act that prohibits the IRS from using personal email accounts to conduct government business, the Contracting Tax Accountability Act that prohibits companies with significant tax debt to receive government contracts and the Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act that prevents the federal government from hiring individuals who have not paid their taxes.
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