Tax Fairness

Restoring Tax Fairness and Holding Corporate Cheaters Accountable

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Dear Friend, It is unacceptable that the wealthiest corporations in this country are cheating the tax system. When it comes to funding public resources that we all rely on, we all have a part to play. Orange County families pay their fair share; corporations should do the same. The U.S. loses approximately $1 trillion in unpaid taxes every year because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is too und...

Striking the #SingleParentPenalty

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Dear friend, Children are expensive, but they are also the building blocks of our future economy. That’s why, in 1951, Congress created a tax cut—commonly known as the Child Tax Credit—for most families with kids. The Child Tax Credit has been a lifeline for parents, especially as the costs of child care skyrocket. I’m glad Congress recently expanded the Child Tax Credit, which is estimated to hel...

Motherly: There’s a new push to help single-parent families claim more in taxes

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There's a new bill in Congress that would make it easier for single parents to claim all the benefits of the new expanded child tax credit. The Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act would make it so that single parents can claim the full amount of the child tax credit. It all comes down to restructuring the tax code so single parents, who file as heads of household, can claim the same amount of mo...

Washington Post: Rep. Katie Porter (Op-ed): Abolish the tax code’s single-parent penalty

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In my first term in the House, I was the only single mom of young kids in Congress. Raising three school-age children, I am sensitive to how the tax code treats parents — both those who are married and those who are not married — and how its discrepancies can hurt certain children. When I started talking last year about how the tax code penalizes single parents, I was told that improvements to th...

Reps. Porter, Pressley, and Beyer Introduce Bill to Strike Single Parent Penalty from Tax Code

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today introduced legislation to make it easier for families headed by single parents to get help from the expanded child tax credit. The Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act, which is co-led by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), would change the income threshold for Americans filing as heads of household—the status most comm...

CNBC: New bill aims to abolish tax penalties against single parents and make it easier to claim the $3,000 child tax credit

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Three progressive Democrats introduced a bill in the House on Thursday that would make it easier for single parents to claim all the benefits of the new $3,000 child tax credit. Reps. Katie Porter, D-Calif., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Don Beyer, D-Va., introduced the Single Parent Penalty Elimination Act, which would change the tax code to make it so taxpayers who file as heads of household, th...

Rep. Porter Secures House Passage of Bill to Lower Orange County Taxes

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan bill championed by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) that would lower taxes on Orange County families. The legislation would repeal the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap, which caused many households in Orange County families to see their taxes go up in 2018. Watch Porter call for the bill’s passage on the House floor HERE. ...

House Passes Porter Legislation to Lower Taxes, Cut Medical Expenses

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WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives today passed a provision championed by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) to lower families’ medical expenses and save them money. The Porter provision does this by lowering the threshold at which families can deduct medical expenses from federal taxes from 10% to 7.5%. Porter previously led a bipartisan effort with 23 colleagues to call on House leaders fro...

Rep. Porter-backed Bill to Lower Orange County Taxes Clears Key Committee Hurdle

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WASHINGTON—A bill backed by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) received the approval of the House Ways and Means Committee, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. The legislation would repeal the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap, which caused many Orange County families to see their taxes go up in 2018. Porter previously led a bipartisan letter to House leaders of both parties, calli...

Rep. Porter Leads Bipartisan Effort to Prevent Tax Increases on Families Deducting Medical Expenses

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Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) today led a bipartisan effort with Republican Congressman Kenny Marchant and 22 colleagues to call on House leaders from both parties to reinstate 7.5% income threshold for deducting medical expenses from federal taxes in year-end legislation. If this income threshold is not reinstated by the end of the year, families currently deducting medical expenses could se...