Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

As Tax Day Approaches, Reps. Nadler, Lowey, and Suozzi Call for Tax Equity

April 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Nita Lowey, and Tom Suozzi of New York reintroduced the Tax Equity Act, which would adjust federal income tax brackets to reflect the actual cost of living in major metropolitan areas, where higher tax burdens and higher basic living costs make it significantly more expensive compared to other areas. 

“The Tax Equity Act is a practical approach to making tax brackets more fair and ensuring they reflect the actual cost of living in New York, San Francisco, Houston, or any high-cost city,” Reps. Nadler, Lowey, and Suozzi said in a joint statement. “One-size-fits-all tax brackets don’t work in the country’s most expensive communities, where residents pay more for housing, food, transportation, and daily costs of life. This bill ensures that taxpayers in our districts – many of whom are struggling to make ends meet as a result of the GOP Tax Scam's reckless cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions - are not hit with additional tax burdens that don't reflect their day-to-day reality.

“The fact of the matter is, a family earning $50,000 a year in New York is in a very different financial situation than a family earning the same amount in a different part of the country, yet they are taxed the same way. Middle class families in our districts are taxed as if they are rich when that’s not always the case, and the GOP Tax Scam has only exacerbated this problem by funneling billions of tax benefits to the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations. Our tax code must be reformed to ensure hard-working, middle class families can continue to thrive in our nation’s largest, most-expensive communities.”

The three Democratic Members of Congress behind the Tax Equity Act legislation represent districts that span New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Long Island – areas that experience higher tax and basic living costs than most other parts of the country. Even though a dollar does not go as far in these communities as it does elsewhere in the country, residents are taxed at the same level as someone living in a lower-cost area. The Tax Equity Act directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to adjust tax brackets for major metropolitan areas with above average cost of living to better reflect the financial situation of taxpayers. Communities with average or low costs of living would not be impacted.