Rep. Darrell Issa made a plea to House and Senate conferees Tuesday to include deductions for state income taxes and wildfire losses in the final Republican tax bill.
In a letter to Congressional leaders, Issa said he has “serious concerns with the House and Senate passed tax reform proposals which, as written, could leave many constituents in my district facing significant tax increases.”
Issa, who has broken from Republican orthodoxy in opposing the tax changes, specifically asked for restoration of the deductions for state and local taxes and for wildfire losses.
“California is a donor state, meaning it gets back less from the federal government than it pays in,” Issa wrote. “Without changes to this plan, taxpayers in my state will continue being asked to pay even more only to subsidize benefits for citizens elsewhere.”
Republicans have argued that the reductions in tax rates contained in the bill will compensate for the end of the state and local tax deduction.
Both houses passed similar tax bills, but differences between them need to be reconciled before final votes, which are expected before the end of the year.
Issa represents the 49th District in north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.
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