Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is calling on congressional leaders to stop the repeal of the region's State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction that benefits a number of homeowners in the greater Utica region.
The SALT deduction could be removed under the new version of the Republican tax reform plan, which Brindisi says could increase taxes for a number of middle class taxpayers. The assemblyman and candidate for Congress says the average tax hit for middle class homeowners is $815.
“It’s under threat, it's in the crosshairs and it's on the chopping block if the current tax plan goes through,” Brindisi said.
“Our major tax deduction that we take when we file our annual federal taxes in the spring is for the local property taxes that are here in New Hartford,” aaid Judy Jerome of New Hartford. “If that is erased, that's an enormous financial loss for us.”
Leaders including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer are also calling on members of Congress to protect middle class homeowners by not repealing this deduction.
In response, a spokesman for Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s campaign said:
“from day one, Claudia Tenney has fought tirelessly against the elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT), and joined her NY colleagues in June to urge the Trump administration to reconsider the elimination.”