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Lawmaker wants to double SALT deductions for married couples: What would that mean for your taxes?

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U.S. Rep. Mike Lawler has introduced a bill to double the deductibility of state and local taxes for married couples in an attempt to soften the impact of the Trump-era tax reforms that have affected homeowners in high-tax states such as New York.


The SALT cap, a limit on the state-and-local-tax deduction, was introduced in 2017 with a $10,000 limit, set to expire at the end of 2025. Lawler aims to eliminate the “marriage penalty” in the current regulations, where single filers can deduct $10,000 in SALT payments but married couples filing jointly only have the same limit.

Lawler is counting on the support of 14 Republicans from New York and New Jersey and 12 Republicans from California to form a coalition in the Republican-controlled House to pass the bill.

The fight over the continuation of the Trump tax cuts, including the SALT deductions, is expected to become a major issue in the 2024 presidential campaign and Congressional elections.