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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Tax Reform

Like many Washingtonians, I believe our tax code is overly complex and too often leads to unfair results. The U.S. tax code is long overdue for comprehensive reform, and as a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, I have called on my colleagues to work in a bipartisan manner to bring our nation’s tax policies into the 21st century.  

Comprehensive tax reform is about creating policies that are fair for all Americans, and providing permanent solutions that give working families and businesses the ability to plan for the future. Tax policy should be about creating sustained, long-term growth by strengthening the middle class. Through a modernized tax code, we can help ensure businesses and individuals invest resources here in America, encouraging job creation and innovation.

Current U.S. tax law undermines the competitiveness of domestic businesses and is out of date with the way the world works today.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 global economy. Any time our federal government offers a tax break or subsidy, we should consider it as a budgetary expenditure, and evaluate whether we are getting an adequate return on investment. Tax provisions that are no longer worthwhile should be eliminated.

That’s why I have supported efforts that provide tax relief for the middle class such as the Earned Income Tax Credit Improvement and Simplification Act, which would expand eligibility for the EITC to individuals between ages 21 and 25 who are not full-time students. I’ve also cosponsored the Expand American Educational Opportunity Act, which would help make college more affordable by increasing the portion of the AOTC that is refundable and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) Improvement Act, which would index the value of the CTC with inflation and increase the value of the credit to $3,600 for families with children under age 6.

In order to help small businesses afford the cost of health coverage for their workers, I authored the Small Business Tax Credit Accessibility Act, and continue to push for passage of this common-sense legislation.

We need bipartisan solutions that simplify our tax code by helping the millions of hardworking individuals and families across America who are just looking for fair treatment, a system they can navigate and an end to special interest tax breaks. I will continue working with both sides of the aisle to achieve these goals.


More on Tax Reform

Jul 13, 2017 In The News
Democrats say they have little reason to believe that Republicans are serious about doing tax reform on a bipartisan basis, saying they have yet to put meaningful action behind their words. While Republicans have expressed an interest in bipartisanship on the issue and held a few meetings with Democratic lawmakers, they are also planning to pass tax-reform legislation through a process known as reconciliation, which would allow a bill to pass the Senate with only GOP support.
Jul 13, 2017 In The News
The House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee is “actively working” on provisions to allow small businesses to deduct the interest they pay on debt, Chairman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said. The provision would be a change to the House GOP tax reform plan, which would eliminate the ability of companies to deduct the interest on their loans but allow them to write off all business expenses. The current tax code already allows many small businesses to deduct both business investments and interest expense.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Danny K. Davis (D-IL-07) and Suzan K. DelBene (D-WA-01) introduced the Child Care and Dependent Credit Enhancement Act of 2017. The average cost of daycare for children up to age four has climbed to $9,589 annually, more than the average cost of state college tuition. For families earning the national median income, the average cost of care for just one child under five amounts to 18 percent of their income, and for families in lower income brackets, child care alone could cost as much as two-thirds of their pay.
May 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today advocated for a bipartisan approach to comprehensive tax reform and urged her colleagues across the aisle to focus on fairness and financial security for working families and small businesses.
Apr 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) today led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in reintroducing H.R. 2193, the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA), which aims to create a level playing field so Main Street stores and online retailers can compete fairly.  Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Steve Womack (R-AR), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Peter Welch (D-VT) and David Cicilline (D-RI) joined Noem and Conyers as lead cosponsors for the reintroduction.
Apr 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after President Trump outlined his tax policy priorities:
Apr 23, 2017 In The News
Historically, comprehensive tax reform has only worked when it has been a bipartisan effort. Now is not the time to break that tradition.
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Apr 18, 2017 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, As taxpayers know all too well, our current tax code is cumbersome, often fails to reflect the way the world works today and produces unfair results with loopholes that are prone to abuse. Through my work on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, I hope we’ll be able to pass comprehensive reform that makes the tax code simpler and more equitable.
Mar 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today voted in support of a resolution that would have forced the release of President Trump’s tax returns.