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High Tax States Trip Over The 10th Amendment And Forget the 16th

High tax states file a lawsuit asserting the new tax law is unconstitutional.

Yesterday the Attorney General of New York, Barbara Underwood, released a video announcing New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland have filed a lawsuit asserting the tax-reform bill passed in December is unconstitutional. I am no Constitutional scholar, nor am I a tax expert. But I can detect a blatant attempt to protect high income New Yorkers when I see one.

The specific tax reform that New York and the other states are objecting to is the $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes (SALT). According to Pew in 2015, 65% of New Yorkers didn’t even claim the SALT deduction. Generally, this would mean itemizing deductions for 65% of New York’s population was less advantageous than using the standard deduction provided by the Federal government.

For those claiming the SALT deduction in New York, the average claim is $22,169 in the same period. By contrast,

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