The proposed tax legislation being considered by our representatives is the biggest assault on the poor and middle class, and the biggest giveaway to the wealthy our country has ever entertained.
Today, we will focus on one targeted group: the ill, disabled, and elderly.
Under current law, the IRS allows individuals to deduct qualified medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of a person’s adjusted gross income for the year. Individuals are permitted to deduct preventative care, treatment, surgeries and dental and vision care as qualifying medical expenses. The medical expense deduction can also be used for long-term care expenses for chronically ill patients. Approximately 6% of Americans take advantage of this critical deduction, with a significant percentage being older Americans living in nursing care facilities.
Republicans now seek to eliminate these deductions.
Current law allows small businesses to take a partial tax credit for the cost to accommodate disabled workers, including removing physical barriers, buying equipment or even hiring interpreters or providing audio devices for people with hearing problems. Small businesses can also get a tax credit for improvements related to making their business more accessible. This credit has been essential for, among other things, pushing back against business claims that it’s just too expensive to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). With legislation pending in congress that makes the ADA optional, this tax credit becomes even more important.
Republicans now seek to eliminate these credits.
Call your Members of Congress and demand that they vote NO on any tax bill that seeks to give breaks to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of disabled and sick Americans.
- Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
- Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
- Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315
Script: “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS]. I am calling today to demand that [NAME] vote NO on any tax bill that eliminates deductions for medical expenses and critical nursing home care. We can’t possibly be expected to give breaks to businesses with record profits while shouldering the burden of catastrophic health costs. We should also recognize our responsibility to ALL Americans by retaining credits for hiring the disabled and making businesses more accessible. These credits have been crucial to small business owners and to countless disabled Americans. I am closely watching the tax legislation and your vote.”