Congressman Horsford Votes To Provide Tax Relief For Middle Class and Low Income Families
WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) voted on four historic pieces of tax legislation in the House Ways and Means Committee. For the first time in a decade, the committee passed a package of bills that provide much-needed tax relief to working adults with low incomes, families struggling to afford child care while they work, and for LGBTQ+ Americans who deserve equal treatment under the U.S. Tax Code.
“No family should live paycheck to paycheck to cover basic needs like food or shelter,” said Congressman Horsford. “The tax benefits I voted for today will help Nevadans and families across American secure better housing, obtain dependable transportation, and pursue higher education and training for higher paying jobs. This package puts money back into the pockets of hard working Nevada families and provides a pathway to financial stability and independence.”
These bills will make a difference in the lives of Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District’s urban and rural communities, home to far too many individuals living at or below the poverty level. Further, these measures will greatly impact Nevada’s veteran and active duty members – many stationed at Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, who stand to benefit from anti-poverty and middle-class tax breaks during tax filing season.
Congressman Horsford voted to pass the following bills:
The Child Care Quality and Access Act (H.R. 3298) would expand access to child care for low and middle-income families who currently cannot afford it and are not eligible for help, which has been proven to increase employment and reduce child poverty.
The Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality (PRIDE) Act (H.R. 3299) would make long-overdue changes to the tax code for LGBTQ+ couples. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the PRIDE Act removes any gendered language related to married couples in the tax code. It also allows LGBTQ+ couples to amend their tax returns back to the date of marriage in light of the Windsor decision.
The Economic Mobility Act (H.R. 3300) would expand three critical tax credits -- the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). In Nevada, the expansion of the EITC would impact 91,000 childless working adults and the CTC would affect 146,000 children whose families will see added relief. Lastly, this bill eliminates the ill-conceived parking tax for churches and nonprofit organizations that was created by the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3301) would provide tax extensions to American taxpayers and businesses until the end of 2020. The tax relief provided in this bill is significant for communities that have been hurt by natural disasters. The relief addresses disasters that occurred in 2018 and extends to disasters that occur up to 30 days after the date of enactment of the legislation.