NJ Politics Digest: How the Republican Tax Plan Slams State Homeowners

Tom MacArthur.

Tom MacArthur. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Data from the Internal Revenue Service for the 2016 tax year shows the average taxpayer in just about every county in New Jersey will lose part of their federal deduction for state and local taxes.
That’s what NJ.com reported as the Republicans in Congress move to make the tax cuts permanent.

In every county but Cumberland, the average deduction for state and local taxes exceeded the $10,000 cap placed on it by the Republican plan.

That includes Ocean and Burlington counties, which are represented by GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur, the only state lawmaker to support the plan. In Burlington County, the average deduction was $14,153, in Ocean it was $11,631, according to the NJ.com report.

MacArthur has said that other breaks in the tax plan offset the loss of the deduction. The NJ.com report notes that more than 60 percent of Garden State residents will see a tax cut, while more than 1 in 10 will pay more taxes. MacArthur is being challenged this November by Democrat Andy Kim.

Republicans in Congress targeted New Jersey and other high-tax states that tend to support Democrats, the NJ.com piece notes. That’s even though those states send more in taxes to Washington than they receive in governmental services, the report notes.

Quote of the Day: “In their own words, Republicans wanted to maliciously bring pain to New Jersey—and they succeeded.” – U.S. Rep Bill Pascrell Jr., on the Republican tax plan’s placing a cap on deductions for state and local taxes.

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NJ Politics Digest: How the Republican Tax Plan Slams State Homeowners