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Congressman DeSaulnier Statement on Passage of Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act

December 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement on passage of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377) in the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed the House by a vote of 218-to-206, would restore fairness and equality to residents in high cost-of-living areas who were negatively impacted by the 2017 Republican tax bill. Specifically, the Republican tax bill limited the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which resulted in double-taxing an average $13,000 of annual income for Californians.

“In passing their tax bill in 2017, Republicans punished places like the Bay Area that have high costs of living, but contribute greatly to our competitive global economy,” Congressman DeSaulnier said. “This bill begins to correct the damage done to middle-class families and correct the imbalance in our tax code that favors the ultra-wealthy.”

Before these changes made to SALT in the Republican tax bill, homeowners in Contra Costa County had an average SALT deduction of $18,672. More than 43% of tax returns filed in California’s 11th District claimed the SALT deduction, which made it the 38th highest user of the deduction nationwide.

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