High Tax States Reacting to Federal Tax Reform

Heh.

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — In New Jersey and California, top Democratic officials want to let people make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying certain taxes. In Connecticut and New York, officials are exploring a switch from income taxes to new ones on payroll. A few governors have even called for tax cuts.

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In high-tax states, officials have been focused on protecting taxpayers from the impact of a new $10,000 cap on deductions for paying state and local taxes. In California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, more than one-third of tax filers claim the state and local tax deduction on federal taxes; the average deduction in each state is over $15,000.

California state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who is running for the U.S. Senate, introduced legislation this week that would allow people to make charitable donations to the state instead of paying income taxes. That would allow them to claim a charitable deduction on federal taxes.

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Another Democrat, New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, announced a similar plan on Friday but said local governments also could implement it and apply it to property taxes.

If they drop income and property taxes and go to a voluntary donation system, then I’m all for it. It will be a great experiment to see how much money the people in those states really believe that they should be handing over to their state and local governments. If it is a “donation” that is required by law, then it’s just a tax by another name. Somehow, I don’t think these state elected leaders really want to make taxes voluntary. They know what would happen as well as I do.

6 Responses to High Tax States Reacting to Federal Tax Reform

  1. steveegg says:

    There’s also the “little” matter of getting IRS recognition as a charitable non-profit organization.

  2. dad29 says:

    Lerner’s gone, Steve….

  3. jjf says:

    A donation system for paying for government? Sheer fantasy. You’d need to uncouple the rest of the authority of the state, too.

    Even assuming the best intentions and a sense of civic duty, do you sincerely think that the average person has an accurate understanding of the costs created by all the government their elected officials (going back decades or centuries) have accumulated?

    How much anyone “believes” they should be paying in taxes? That has nothing to do with reality.

  4. Paul says:

    Not a fantasy. Even takes Amazon and PayPal.

    https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/23779454

  5. dad29 says:

    do you sincerely think that the average person has an accurate understanding of the costs created by all the government their elected officials (going back decades or centuries) have accumulated?

    Of course not.  But the average person has a VERY good idea of what the Gummint is worth.  Heh.

  6. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Good Trump!

    Liberals are back on their heels on this.

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