I have been following Congress’ plans to reform the tax code, and I’m greatly concerned [“Wiggle room on appeal,” News, Nov. 20]. The plans presented by the House of Representatives and the Senate provide incredible benefits to the richest of our country and wealthy corporations, while making far too many in the middle class and working families pay more taxes. Working families should not pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.
The plans would eliminate or greatly reduce deductions for state and local taxes and for college and education expenses. They would limit the deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes, which would hurt property values on Long Island. The changes would cause many residents across New York to pay thousands more in taxes at a time when most families are stretched thin.
These plans could incentivize corporations to send more jobs overseas. We have seen thousands of jobs leave our shores, and this proposed tax code would further reward companies for making money outside of the United States.
Until these issues are addressed, I urge every member of Congress to vote no.
Michael Gendron, Hauppauge CWA 1108