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Schumer and Suozzi Unveil Plan to Fully Repeal SALT Cap in Next Federal COVID Legislation

July 14, 2020
Press Release

Today, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) joined together with local families to unveil a plan to fully repeal the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction in the upcoming federal COVID-4 stimulus package which is currently being negotiated in the Senate. Suozzi, who passed legislation to restore the SALT deduction in the House-passed Heroes Act, has been pushing to restore the SALT deduction since it was uprooted from Long Island and other middle-class communities via the 2017 GOP tax bill. Today, Schumer joined Suozzi in saying that it is now time to get this passed in the Senate. A full press release regarding today’s press conference can be found below.  

 

“When it comes to SALT, if you think Long Islanders needed and deserved this money before the coronavirus took hold, the stakes are even higher now because the cap is costing this community tens-of-thousands of dollars they could be using amid the crisis,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “That is why I am announcing, I will push to insert language the House passed, and Rep. Suozzi here authored, to restore our full SALT deduction in the upcoming coronavirus legislation under negotiation right now. We need to bring our federal dollars back home and cushion the blow this virus –and this harmful SALT cap--has dealt so many homeowners and families locally.”

 

“The cap on SALT deductions has been a body blow to New York families,” said Congressman Suozzi. “The full SALT deduction must be restored. Without the full SALT deduction families will leave New York and the last thing we need in the midst of the health and economic devastation of Coronavirus is to lose our residents and taxpayers. Senator Schumer is once again demonstrating how he always fights for Long Island and New York families.”

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SCHUMER UNVEILS PLAN TO RESTORE LONG ISLAND HOMEOWNERS’ FULL SALT TAX DEDUCTION IN UPCOMING, ‘COVID-4’ CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE LEGISLATION; THE HARMFUL CAP ON THE DEDUCTION IS COSTING LI’ERS TENS-OF-THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS & THEY NEED THAT MONEY NOW, MORE THAN EVER  

 

Schumer, Standing Alongside Rep. Suozzi, Who Passed Plan To Restore SALT Deduction In The House, Will Announce Plan To Restore SALT In Upcoming, Must-Pass COVID-4 Stimulus; Schumer Will Say This Is The Latest, Best Chance To Restore The Tax Deduction  

 

Schumer & Suozzi Have Been Pushing To Restore SALT Deduction Since It Was Uprooted From LI & Other Middle Class Communities Via The Tax Bill; The Avg SALT Deduction On LI Was Around $20K Across 690K Households

 

Schumer: The Money Robbed From Long Island Homeowners Via The SALT Deduction Cap Must Be Restored In COVID-4

 

 

Citing the dire need to deliver meaningful coronavirus financial relief to Long Island homeowners amid the unprecedented pandemic, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer unveiled a plan to restore Long Island’s FULL State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction today. Standing alongside Rep. Tom Suozzi, who was able to restore the SALT deduction for 2020 and 2021 in the House via the last stimulus effort, and Long Island families feeling the impact of this LI-targeted, needless tax burden, Schumer detailed how the SALT deduction cap is crushing the Island and its middle class families harder than most other areas. Schumer said Long Island homeowners need this money right now as he announced his intention to add the restoration of the SALT deduction to the upcoming COVID-4 stimulus now in negotiation.

 

“When it comes to SALT, if you think Long Islanders needed and deserved this money before the coronavirus took hold, the stakes are even higher now because the cap is costing this community tens-of-thousands of dollars they could be using amid the crisis,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “That is why I am announcing, I will push to insert language the House passed, and Rep. Suozzi here authored, to restore our full SALT deduction in the upcoming coronavirus legislation under negotiation right now. We need to bring our federal dollars back home and cushion the blow this virus –and this harmful SALT cap--has dealt so many homeowners and families locally.”

 

“The cap on SALT deductions has been a body blow to NY families,” said Congressman Suozzi. “The full SALT deduction must be restored. Without the full SALT deduction families will leave NY and the last thing we need in the midst of the health and economic devastation of Coronavirus is to lose our residents and taxpayers. Senator Schumer is once again demonstrating how he always fights for Long Island and NY families.”

 

Schumer acknowledged, albeit an uphill fight given the opposition of U.S. Senate Leader McConnell, that this plan is the best chance we have had in a while to fix the unfairness of this law, restore bring back the deduction and put an average of about $20,000 across almost 700,000 households back into the Long Island economy. He explained how unfairly ‘capping’ the SALT deduction took direct aim at nearly half of Long Island’s taxpayers who, on average, had claimed $19,886 in full SALT deductions. Nationwide, approximately 44 million Americans once took advantage of this full deduction.

 

At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing last year, which focused on the impact of the 2017 Republican tax law that capped the state and local tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000, Rep. Suozzi detailed why limiting the SALT deduction is unfair to Long Island. Today, he and Schumer reiterated some of those points on the Island:

  • New Yorkers already subsidize other states by paying $36-45 billion more in taxes than we receive back from the federal government;  
  • The repeal of the SALT deduction results in double taxation by imposing federal taxes on the income used to pay state and local taxes; 
  • The elimination of the deduction drives wealthier people to other states and leaves middle- and lower-income taxpayers holding the bag to pay for school, police and other essential state and local tax burdens.

 

Schumer also detailed the average SALT deduction prior to the GOP tax reform bill that passed the House in 2017 and imposed delivered the harmful cap. The data shows just how critical the full deduction was to Long Island homeowners.

  

Congressional District

Percentage of Individuals Using SALT deduction

Average SALT deduction

1

46%

$17,686

2

48%

$20,111

3

43%

$18,386

4

50%

$23,361

 

Under the pre-Trump tax code, taxpayers who itemized deductions on their federal income tax returns could deduct state and local real estate and personal property taxes, as well as either income taxes or general sales taxes. State and local income and real estate taxes had made up approximately sixty percent of local and state tax deductions while sales tax and personal property taxes made up the remainder. According to the Tax Policy Center, approximately one-third of tax filers had itemized deductions on their federal income tax returns.

“Long Island’s middle class was gutted when they lost the crucial and full SALT deduction. Without the full SALT deduction, the next generation of Long Islanders will struggle to purchase their first homes and others will be driven to relocate out of state. This kind of thing is destructive to a regional economy like ours, and is why Senator Schumer and Congressman Suozzi are right to do all they can to take this target off the back of Long Island homeowners" said Kyle Strober, executive director, Association for a Better Long Island, a leading regional advocacy organization.