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Congress Passes Historic Tax Reform

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Washington, December 19, 2017 | comments
Rep.  Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement today after the House voted on final passage of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: 

“This is an investment in the American people. By lowering taxes for millions of middle-income Americans, by doubling the standard deduction, and by getting government out of the way so American businesses can grow - we are investing in America. This bill is about Americans and the American dream. It is about restoring the land of opportunity for every American. It is about empowering the individual to succeed, not continuing to let the government choose winners and losers. This bill allows Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money so they can invest in what is important to them and their families. By passing this historic tax cut and tax reform bill, we are saying we trust the American people to handle their own money more than we trust the Washington establishment.  
 
“Although this bill isn’t perfect, it is a giant step forward. I was proud to cast my vote on behalf of the people of Georgia.”

Tax Reform Highlights (Courtesy of the House Committee on Ways and Means)
 
For individuals and families, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
 
Lowers individual taxes and sets the rates at 0%, 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37% so people can keep more of their hard-earned money.

Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 and $12,700 under current law to $12,000 and $24,000 for individuals and married couples, respectively.

Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local taxes– just like current law – up to $10,000. Gives individuals and families the ability to choose among sales, income and property taxes to best fit their unique circumstances.

Takes action to support more American families by:
  • Expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 for single filers and married couples to help parents with the cost of raising children. The tax credit is fully refundable up to $1,400 and begins to phase-out for families making over $400,000. Parents must provide a child’s valid Social Security Number in order to receive this credit.
  • Preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families care for their children and older dependents such as a disabled grandparent who may need additional support.
  • Preserving the Adoption Tax Credit so parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and homes to an adopted child.
Preserves the mortgage interest deduction – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
  • For all homeowners with existing mortgages that were taken out to buy a home, there will be no change to the current mortgage interest deduction.
  • For homeowners with new mortgages on a first or second home, the home mortgage interest deduction will be available up to the first $750,000 of the mortgage.
Continues and expands the deduction for charitable contributions so people can continue to donate to their local church, charity, or community organization.

Eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty tax – providing families with much-needed relief and flexibility to buy the health care that’s right for them if they choose.

Maintains the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide important tax relief for low-income Americans working to build better lives for themselves.

Improves savings vehicles for education by allowing families to use 529 accounts to save for elementary, secondary and higher education.

Provides support for graduate students by continuing to exempt the value of reduced tuition from taxes.

Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) so Americans can continue to save for their future.

Increases the exemption amount from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) to reduce the complexity and tax burden for millions of Americans.

Provides immediate relief from the Death Tax by doubling the amount of the current exemption to reduce uncertainty and costs for many family-owned farms and businesses when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.


For job creators of all sizes, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

Lowers the corporate tax rate to 21% (beginning Jan. 1, 2018) – down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.

Delivers significant tax relief to Main Street job creators by:
  • Offering a first-ever 20% tax deduction that applies to the first $315,000 of joint income earned by all businesses organized as S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietorships. For Main Street job creators with income above this level, the bill generally provides a deduction for up to 20% on business profits– reducing their effective marginal tax rate to no more than 29.6%.
  • Establishing strong safeguards so that wage income does not receive the lower marginal effective tax rates on business income – helping to ensure that Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – unleashing growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.

Protects the ability of small businesses to write off interest on loans, helping these Main Street entrepreneurs start or expand a business, hire workers, and increase paychecks.

Preserves important elements of the existing business tax system, including:
  • Retaining the low-income housing tax credit that encourages businesses to invest in affordable housing so families, individuals, and seniors can find a safe and comfortable place to call home.
  • Preserving the Research & Development Tax Credit that encourages our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge “Made in America” products and services.
  • Retaining the tax-preferred status of private-activity bonds that are used to finance valuable infrastructure projects.
Eliminates the Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax, thereby lowering taxes and eliminating confusion and uncertainty so American job creators can focus on growing their business and hiring more workers, rather than on burdensome paperwork.

Modernizes our international tax system so America’s global businesses will no longer be held back by an outdated “worldwide” tax system that results in double taxation for many of our nation’s job creators.

Makes it easier for American businesses to bring home foreign earnings to invest in growing jobs and paychecks in our local communities.

Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.

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