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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Tax Reform

Tax Reform

Like many Washingtonians, I believe our tax code is overly complex and confusing. The U.S. tax code is long overdue for comprehensive reform, and I am committed to working in a bipartisan manner to bring our nation’s tax policies into the 21st century.  

Comprehensive tax reform is about fairness for all Americans, and is necessary to give American families and businesses the ability to plan for the future. Tax policy should support growing the middle class and creating sustained, long-term growth. We also need to give businesses certainty and clarity so they invest resources here, encouraging job creation and innovation.

Our current tax system undermines competitiveness and is out of date with the way the world works today.  Congress should work to simplify our tax code by eliminating inefficient and unfair tax breaks and subsidies that don’t make sense in today’s economy. Any time our federal government offers a tax break or subsidy, we should consider it as a budgetary expenditure. I believe that we must evaluate these expenditures regularly and eliminate those that are no longer giving us an adequate return.

That’s why I have cosponsored bills that provide tax relief for the middle class such as the Child Tax Credit Permanency Act, which helps families with the cost of raising children, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides families assistance with the rising cost of college. I’ve also cosponsored legislation to expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) to help working families with the cost of child care. Earlier this year, I introduced the Small Business Tax Credit Accessibility Act to help small businesses afford the cost of health coverage for their workers.

I’ve also strongly supported legislation to make the state and local sales tax deduction permanent, which would enable Washingtonians to continue deducting state sales tax on their federal tax returns. A recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts found that Washington was the state that used the deduction most, saving Washington taxpayers an average of $604 each. This legislation would provide tax-relief for residents in states like Washington with a higher sales tax and no income tax.

We need a bipartisan solution that simplifies our tax code by helping millions of hardworking individuals and families and ends special interest tax breaks that haven’t given us a strong return on investment. I will continue working with both sides of the aisle to achieve this goal.

More on Tax Reform

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped introduce the Presidential Trade Transparency Act to require the President to disclose foreign income, assets and liabilities when initiating trade or investment negotiations with a foreign country.
Feb 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) joined tax policy leaders in introducing three bills that would cut taxes for middle class and working families. The legislation expands the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).
Feb 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) cosponsored the bipartisan Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 747) to update the tax code for craft brewers and distillers, spurring economic growth and creating jobs.
Jan 12, 2017 In The News
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene has been selected to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
Jan 11, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced legislation today to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credit for small businesses, making it more affordable for small employers to offer health coverage to their workers.
Jan 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has been selected to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives.
Apr 6, 2016 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, Like many Washingtonians, I believe our tax code is overly complex and confusing. It is long past time to bring the tax code into the 21st century, and I remain committed to working with my colleagues on a fiscally responsible, comprehensive plan that supports the middle class and economic growth while reducing the deficit in a balanced way. That’s why I supported a tax relief package that permanently extended the state and local sales tax deduction and the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing relief for Washingtonians.
Feb 23, 2016 eNewsletters
Dear Friend,Hard cider is a growing industry, and entrepreneurs in Washington state have helped blaze the trail. Recently, I was in Woodinville visiting Locust Cider, one of the many great cideries, breweries and wineries located in the First District.
Feb 19, 2016 Press Release
WOODINVILLE – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited local small business, Locust Cider, to discuss the passage of tax relief for cideries. “Washington’s First District is home to some of the world’s best cideries and breweries. These growing industries are vital to our economy,” DelBene said. “This important tax relief will help provide more certainty for small cider brewers and will encourage economic growth not only in this industry, but with local farmers and manufacturers as well.”
Dec 17, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement today after supporting a tax relief package, which passed in the House of Representatives on a 318-109 vote.

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