The U.S. Supreme Court will consider freeing state and local governments to collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers, agreeing to revisit a 26-year-old ruling that has made much of the internet a tax-free zone.
In liberal bastions like metro New York and California, the Trump tax overhaul has been criticized as economic warfare. But as elements of the plan come into focus, tax experts are concluding that some of the most dire predictions for high-tax blue states—particularly surrounding the treatment of state and local taxes—may not pan out as feared.
The New Jersey Society of CPAs is warning taxpayers in the Garden State that the New Jersey Division of Taxation isn’t letting them deduct the 2018 property taxes they prepaid last year on their 2017 state return after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, though the move could still be helpful in terms of federal taxes.
New Jersey’s governor-elect joined a chorus of leaders in Democratic states who are proposing workarounds for their residents to avoid new caps on state and local tax deductions—even as a top Trump administration official suggested the federal government might act to limit such strategies.
The Trump administration may try to block potential plans by high-tax states including New York and California to shield residents from state and local tax break changes, according to White House economic adviser Gary Cohn.
Washington, D.C.’s city government collected more than $50 million in prepayments of 2018 property taxes from about 7,500 taxpayers, said David Umansky, a spokesman for the city’s Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt.
Before the ink was dry on the Republican tax bill signed into law late last month, experts predicted that state governments would try to shield their residents from tax hikes they’ll suffer from a sharp reduction in state and local deductions.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his administration plans to sue the federal government over the new Republican tax law, on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional because it discriminates against New York and other states that voted against President Donald Trump.