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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Our current tax system undermines competitiveness and is out of date with the way the world works today.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

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.
Apr 18, 2017 Page
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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.
Mar 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wa.) this week introduced the Higher Education Loan Payments (HELP) for Students and Parents Act, bipartisan legislation that will make college more affordable by modernizing how the tax code treats employer contributions toward student loan repayment.
Mar 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the Republican health bill that increases out-of-pocket costs for middle-class families and strips healthcare from tens of millions who received coverage through the Affordable Care Act.