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Stop Tax Provisions Harmful to People with Disabilities
Tell Congress to stop tax code provisions that will worsen the ability of individuals with disabilities to fully access services and participate in their communities.

 

Congress must now reconcile the differences between the U.S. House-passed tax bill and the U.S. Senate-passed tax bill.

Both bills include provisions that are very concerning for people with disabilities. We are especially troubled by the provisions that would:

  • End a tax incentive for businesses who hire individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other jobseekers with significant barriers to employment (House Bill Section 3404);
  • Repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided individuals with disabilities and others with pre-existing conditions with significant protections and access to essential health benefits (Senate Bill Section 11081);
  • Eliminate the medical expense deduction that many families use to help mitigate high out-of-pocket medical costs in a given year (House Bill Section 1308);
  • Cancel a tax credit that helps small businesses absorb the costs associated with removing physical barriers and other improvements to make their business more accessible for individuals with disabilities (House Bill Section 3407); and
  • Change the number of individuals likely to claim the charitable giving deduction, which could lead to a significant reduction in donations used to expand services for individuals with disabilities (included in both the House and Senate bills).

We still have time to stop these tax provisions that are harmful for people with disabilities.

ACT NOW: Contact your Members of Congress and ask them to block these provisions from making it into the final tax bill.


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Remove Harmful Tax Provisions from Final Tax Bill
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As you consider the differences between the U.S. House and U.S. Senate tax bills, please ensure that provisions that negatively impact people with disabilities are removed from the final tax bill.

The U.S. House and U.S. Senate bills include provisions that are very concerning for people with disabilities. I am especially troubled by the provisions that would:

** End a tax incentive for businesses who hire individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other jobseekers with significant barriers to employment (House Bill Section 3404);
** Repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided individuals with disabilities and others with pre-existing conditions with significant protections and access to essential health benefits (Senate Bill Section 11081);
** Eliminate the medical expense deduction that many families use to help mitigate high out-of-pocket medical costs in a given year (House Bill Section 1308);
** Cancel a tax credit that helps small businesses absorb the costs associated with removing physical barriers and other improvements to make their business more accessible for individuals with disabilities (House Bill Section 3407); and
** Reduce the number of individuals likely to claim the charitable giving deduction, which could lead to a significant cuts to donations used to expand services for individuals with disabilities (included in both the House and Senate bills).

Changes to the tax code should improve the lives of disabilities and increase their ability to access essential services and supports. Ending incentives that increase accessibility, promote employment, and address high medical expenses worsens -- not improves -- the lives of people with disabilities. In addition, I am concerned by the impact the tax bill will have on revenues needed for Medicaid and other critical supports for individuals with disabilities.

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Please VOTE AGAINST any final tax bill that would include any of these concerning provisions.

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