McClintock's Tax Vote Will Now Cost Californians Even More

Administration continues blocking attempts to allow
California tax deductions


Tuesday, August 21st, 2018


ROSEVILLE, Calif. One of Rep. Tom McClintock's most consequential votes in the current Congressional term was in favor of the Administration's tax bill, a law that will have major repercussions for residents of the 4th Congressional District, who will no longer be able to deduct their total state, local, and property taxes from their federal returns. But last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Administration is now directing the IRS to block efforts by California policymakers from developing plans to avoid these additional restrictions. The proposed workaround would allow SALT deductions over $10,000 to be converted into charitable contributions, making them deductible again.

"California is currently a donor state, paying out more in federal taxes than we receive back from the federal government. Because we do not have a member of Congress advocating for our hard-earned tax dollars to return to our schools, roads, and public safety needs, we get double taxed, leaving us with some of the highest state taxes in the nation," said Jessica Morse, McClintock's opponent in the November election. "The tax bill that Congressman McClintock voted for disproportionately penalizes Californians. When I'm in Congress, I will work to protect hardworking families in our community."

Despite initially calling the tax bill "double taxation" for California families, McClintock succumbed to political pressure and voted for the controversial legislation in December. The law's popularity continues to plunge, with a recent Monmouth University poll showing that only 37% of Americans support the tax plan. According to the Tax Policy Center, Californians have the third-highest SALT deduction rate in the country, which reduced their federal tax burden by an average of $18,438.

McClintock is facing his toughest re-election test since his first race in 2008. He trailed Morse in fundraising by a more than two-to-one margin in the most recent finance quarter, taking in only $223,000 to Morse's $543,000. Additionally, every major political prognosticator has moved the race out of the "Safe Republican" category, including Inside Elections, the Cook Political Report, UVA's Crystal Ball, and CNN. In fact, McClintock's 51% showing in June was the lowest total he's ever received in a 4th district primary. Morse was also recently added to the DCCC's Red to Blue program, which highlights the most competitive Congressional races across the country.