House Democrats modify SALT provision in spending bill

House Democrats modify SALT provision in spending bill
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House Democrats late Thursday modified the provision in their social spending package that would raise the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction.

The new version of the provision would raise the cap from $10,000 to $80,000, and have the limit in place at that level through 2030. The cap would then return to $10,000 for 2031.

A previous version of the bill would have set the cap at $72,500 through 2031.

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The change to the SALT deduction provision came as lawmakers were making last-minute adjustments to the spending package before an expected vote Friday.

Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerSALT change likely to be cut from bill, say Senate Democrats Redistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Democrats gain edge from New Jersey Redistricting Commission-approved maps MORE (D-N.J.), Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.) and Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillSALT change likely to be cut from bill, say Senate Democrats Meeks leading bipartisan trip to Ukraine amid Russia tensions Democrats look back on Jan. 6 with emotion MORE (D-N.J.), three lawmakers who pushed for SALT deduction cap changes to be included in the spending bill, praised the modified provision.

"This agreement to address the cap on our State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction will effectively eliminate the undue burden for nearly all of the families in our districts who’ve been unfairly double taxed for the last four years," the lawmakers said in a statement.

The $10,000 cap on the SALT deduction was created by Republicans’ 2017 tax law, and is set to expire after 2025. 

Democrats from high-tax states such as New York and New Jersey have been pushing to undo the cap, arguing that the limit hurts their states and residents. But the issue is challenging for Democrats because a full repeal of the cap would largely benefit high-income households.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — No SALT, and maybe no deal Menendez goes after Sanders over SALT comments It's time for the Senate to vote: Americans have a right to know where their senators stand MORE (I-Vt.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezMenendez goes after Sanders over SALT comments Senators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Schumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions MORE (D-N.J.) have criticized House Democrats’ approach on SALT and have proposed an alternative way to make changes to the cap. The two senators are proposing leaving the cap at $10,000 but exempting taxpayers with incomes under a level between $400,000 and $550,000.

Updated Nov. 5 at 6:36 a.m.