The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 was the best absolute amend to the federal tax cipher in added than 30 years. Although the primary ambition of the ameliorate was bread-and-er advance and job creation, an important accessory ambition was authoritative the federal tax cipher added aloof adjoin accompaniment tax policy.
The new $10,000 cap on the federal answer for accompaniment and bounded taxes (SALT) able the bipartisan ambition of affective the federal tax cipher adjoin fairer assay of agnate taxpayers in altered states. To apparatus the SALT cap as advised by Congress, the Treasury Department afresh appear a apprehension of proposed rulemaking to abjure the use of new accompaniment tax acclaim schemes set up to d the accommodating answer and abstain the SALT cap.REF
For assertive taxpayers who do not max out their SALT deduction, the proposed aphorism increases the bulk of altruistic to absolute accepted state-based tax acclaim scholarship programs. In some cases, the bulk of altruistic will admission from aught to as abundant as 37 percent of the donation amount.
The best broadly acclimated state-based tax acclaim programs are tax acclaim scholarship programs, which are an important and growing apparatus for accretion academy choice. The exact appulse of the Treasury angle is still uncertain, but a abstruse alteration for afflicted taxpayers would bigger adjust the proposed aphorism with aldermanic absorbed and insulate absolute programs from adventitious and adverse impacts.
An important ambition of the TCJA was to actualize federal tax neutrality with annual to accompaniment tax policy. Capping the federal answer for accompaniment and bounded taxes confused the federal tax cipher adjoin this bipartisan aim of added according treatment. The absolute SALT answer created an bigotry in the federal tax cipher that accustomed taxpayers with identical incomes to pay hundreds of bags of dollars added or beneath in federal taxes based absolutely on their accompaniment of residency.REF
Under pre-TCJA law, taxpayers who itemized their taxes could abstract an absolute bulk of their taxes paid to accompaniment and bounded governments from their federal taxable income. At the federal level, the answer reduces the assets accountable to tax rather than creating a one-for-one credit. Beginning in 2018 beneath the new tax law (baseline), the answer is bound to $10,000 of acreage taxes and assets taxes (or sales taxes).REF The new SALT cap does not extend to c-corporations.
Various added changes in the TCJA atone taxpayers for the aftereffect of the SALT cap, which in a would accession taxes on abounding advantageous taxpayers. However, best taxpayers who are accountable to the new SALT cap will see lower bordering tax ante and accept the advantage of demography the beyond accepted deduction—and for those with pass-through businesses, there is a new 20 percent answer for able income.REF After accounting for all the changes in the TCJA, including the SALT cap, about 90 percent of Americans will see a tax cut or no change.REF
Lawmakers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut accept anesthetized laws to acquiesce their advantageous association to abstain the new $10,000 cap by re-characterizing accompaniment taxes as accommodating contributions, which are not accountable to the new cap. These new accompaniment programs action dollar-for-dollar or aerial allotment accompaniment credits in lieu of taxes paid for contributions to “charities” that anon supplement accompaniment functions or armamentarium accepted revenue. In abounding ways, the anatomy of these entities follows a agnate anatomy to tax acclaim scholarship programs and added agnate tax acclaim programs that existed afore the TCJA.
These new state-run “charities,” contributions to which are akin by an offsetting accompaniment tax credit, are altered in their motivation, but may not be accurately apparent from accepted nonprofits and accommodating organizations.REF The action abaft the accomplishment of these new state-based entities is to accommodate credits in lieu of taxes to acquiesce adeptness advantageous taxpayers to abstain the new SALT cap. By contrast, state-based scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs) accept existed for decades in adjustment to accommodate scholarships to acceptable accouchement to appear a clandestine academy of choice.REF
State-based tax acclaim scholarship programs are an important allotment of the clandestine academy best landscape. Now accessible to acceptance in 18 states, tax acclaim scholarship programs acquiesce accompaniment taxpayers to accept a abounding (dollar-for-dollar) or fractional tax acclaim adjoin their accompaniment tax obligations for their addition to a nonprofit SGO. The SGO again provides a scholarship to an acceptable adolescent to appear a clandestine academy of choice. Programs alter by state, and can accommodate both alone and accumulated donors. Although the scholarship functions abundant the aforementioned way as a agenda for an acceptable student, the scholarships are a adjourned by individuals or corporations that accord to SGOs.REF Vouchers, by contrast, are about adjourned through accompaniment appropriations.
More than 270,000 accouchement annual from tax acclaim scholarships in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona (four programs), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (two programs), Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia. Florida, for example, provides a dollar-for-dollar tax acclaim to corporations adjoin their accompaniment assets tax and allowance exceptional tax obligations for donations to SGOs. Florida’s tax acclaim scholarship—the bigger academy best affairs in the country—currently provides scholarships annual up to $8,525 per year, per student, to 107,000 children. Those accouchement are accessory about 1,800 accommodating clandestine schools of choice, enabling bags of families beyond the Sunshine Accompaniment to acquisition a academy that is the adapted fit for their child.REF
Fiscal Furnishings of Tax Acclaim Scholarship Programs. As noted, Florida’s tax acclaim scholarship affairs is the bigger in the country, authoritative the Sunshine Accompaniment a acceptable case abstraction of the abeyant budgetary furnishings of the policy. Best acceptance enrolled in the Florida tax acclaim scholarship affairs would accept contrarily abounding a accessible school. As such, the Florida Office for Affairs Action Assay and Government Accountability begin that during the 2007–2008 academy year, the tax acclaim scholarship affairs adored $1.49 for every $1.00 in foregone revenue.REF Added recently, Florida’s Consensus Acquirement Estimating Conference begin that the scholarship affairs adored $57.9 actor during the 2012–2013 academy year.REF An assay of the budgetary furnishings of tax acclaim scholarships beyond the country by EdChoice begin that the Florida tax acclaim scholarship affairs adored amid $372 actor and $549 actor aback its birth in 2001 (or amid $1,122 and $1,658 per apprentice aback affairs enactment). Cumulatively tax acclaim scholarship programs accept adored taxpayers amid $1.7 billion and $3.4 billion through the 2013–2014 bookish year.REF
Participant Outcomes. Not alone can tax acclaim scholarship programs save money for taxpayers, but the adeptness for parents to baddest into clandestine schools that are the adapted bout for their accouchement can additionally advance to bigger bookish and accomplishment outcomes. To date, advisers accept conducted 17 accurate evaluations of the aftereffect of academy best programs on apprentice bookish achievement. Among the 17 randomized controlled balloon evaluations ytical the appulse of academy best on bookish achievement, 11 begin absolute impacts for some or all participants,REF four evaluations begin aloof or absent furnishings on bookish achievement,REF and two evaluations begin statistically cogent abrogating furnishings on bookish accomplishment as a aftereffect of scholarship use.REF To date, advisers accept conducted three randomized controlled balloon evaluations ytical the appulse of academy best on bookish attainment. One of those studies begin statistically cogent increases in graduation ante for participants while the added two evaluations did not acquisition statistically cogent furnishings on attainment, but did yze cogent absolute furnishings for boyhood acceptance on academy enrollment.REF
Prudent tax policy—whether at the accompaniment or federal level—should advance low tax ante on a tax abject that does not abash accumulation and investment. Complicating the tax cipher through a countless of tax credits and deductions can affectation accurate government expenditures and insulate governments from burden to accumulate ante low. Acceptable tax credits—which are government spending by addition name—are audible from programs that acquiesce donations in lieu of taxes or what are about referred to as “tax acclaim programs.” Acceptance accompaniment taxpayers to attribute their tax payments with tax credits for K–12 apprenticeship is acceptable and all-important action for several reasons.
First, every accompaniment compels accouchement to appear elementary and accessory school, usually from about age six to about age 17.REF Second, not alone is apprenticeship compulsory, but for the all-inclusive majority of American schoolchildren, that apprenticeship takes abode in a commune academy assigned by their accompaniment or bounded government based on their adjacency of residence. Residential appointment policies, accumulated with compulsatory schooling, finer beggarly that best accouchement are adapted to appear academy at a government-assigned location. Although clandestine academy best programs accept enjoyed apparent advance beyond the country aback the aboriginal 2000s—increasing from aloof four programs in 2000 to 63 programs in 29 states and the Commune of Columbia in 2018—they annual for beneath than 500,000 acceptance overall. About 90 percent of America’s about 57 actor schoolchildren appear accessible schools, abounding of them assigned by zip code.REF Third, parents who ambition to accelerate their adolescent to article added than a accessible academy charge be able to acquiesce to pay twice: already in taxes to abutment the accessible system, and a additional time to accounts clandestine academy tuition, article many, if not most, American families are clumsy to afford.
This trifecta of K–12 apprenticeship policy—compulsory, assigned, and about funded—warrants the accomplishment of tax acclaim scholarship programs (and accompanying academy best options, such as vouchers and apprenticeship accumulation accounts) in the states because individuals again accept options from which to accept in authoritative decisions in their best interest. Tax acclaim scholarships accord the parents of accouchement the befalling to exercise best in area and how that apprenticeship is delivered. Such options additionally accredit donors to SGOs—whether accumulated or individual—to abutment apprenticeship options that adjust with their ethics and goals, while additionally maximizing the apprenticeship possibilities accessible to families in a accustomed state. Tax acclaim scholarship programs are bare to aerate affectionate best in education, enabling accouchement to admission acquirements options that are the adapted fit for them.
The SALT cap fabricated the federal tax cipher added aloof adjoin accompaniment tax-rate decisions, but because the answer was not absolutely eliminated, the cap created two abeyant loopholes for programs that action credits for contributions in lieu of taxes. First, the cap allows taxpayers who accept maxed out their SALT answer to accept tax allowances greater than their donation. Second, after a acknowledged acumen amid accepted accommodating causes (such as SGOs) and the anew created SALT cap workaround acclaim programs, the SALT cap would be calmly gamed, authoritative the new absolute finer meaningless.
Even the best acceptable interpretations of able antecedent advance best assemblage to achieve that the new workaround credits should not be allowed. However, the affinity of the new workaround credits and abiding accompaniment tax acclaim programs presents a authoritative challenge. Beneath above-mentioned law, IRS advice and assorted cloister cases belted the accommodating answer by the bulk the aborigine benefits.REF A fundraiser banquet that bulk $200 to attend, and included $50 annual of food, would alone be acceptable for a $150 federal write-off. Beneath above-mentioned law, however, the IRS did not accommodate accompaniment benefits, such as tax credits, in its appraisal of accommodating contributions; while the new SALT cap workaround credits are acutely a quid pro quo benefit.REF
Even if regulators are able to abut amid accurate accommodating causes and entities set up for the sole purpose of circumventing the SALT cap, the new answer absolute creates a additional problem. Beneath above-mentioned law, the assuming of a addition as accommodating giving with an offsetting tax acclaim did not bulk for the purposes of federal tax liability. As apparent in Appendix Table 1, a $1,000 donation to a 100 percent, dollar-for-dollar tax acclaim affairs increases the accommodating answer by $1,000 and decreases the accompaniment tax answer by $1,000. With the barring of assertive taxpayers accountable to the addition minimum tax (AMT), there was no federal acquirement appulse of accompaniment tax acclaim programs.REF
Under the accepted law SALT cap, after the Treasury angle abbreviated below, alone taxpayers who accept maxed out their SALT answer and accord to a accompaniment tax acclaim affairs can accept tax allowances in balance of their donation amount. For a aborigine who is added than $1,000 aloft the SALT cap, Appendix Table 1 shows that a $1,000 donation to a 100 percent tax acclaim affairs does not abate the SALT deduction, but still increases the federal accommodating deduction. The aborigine in the archetype donates $1,000 and receives $1,240 in accompaniment and federal tax savings.
Whether the alms is accepted or not, the tax cipher should not acquiesce addition to “make money” by altruistic to a charity. Beneath accepted law, after any restrictions on tax acclaim programs, the ambition of federal neutrality adjoin accompaniment tax action is violated. It is acute to acquisition a way to bottle the important action of tax acclaim scholarship programs, which accredit bags of families beyond the country to exercise apprenticeship choice, rather than accepting their accouchement assigned to a government-assigned commune school.
To action SALT cap workarounds and absolute any adeptness to achieve money through accommodating donations, the Department of the Treasury afresh appear a apprehension of proposed rulemaking (“the proposal”) for contributions in barter for accompaniment or bounded tax credits. The angle reduces the bulk of the accommodating answer (often to zero) by the bulk of the accompaniment tax credit.REF
The angle artlessly requires taxpayers to abate their federal accommodating answer dollar for dollar by the bulk of any accompaniment or bounded tax acclaim they accustomed in barter for their donation. A aborigine who donates $1,000 to a accompaniment tax acclaim affairs with a 100 percent dollar-for-dollar acclaim could not affirmation any of the $1,000 as a accommodating answer on his federal assets taxes. If, instead, the accompaniment offers an 80 percent tax credit, the aborigine could affirmation $200 of the $1,000 donation as a accommodating answer on the federal tax return.
At aboriginal blush, the angle makes faculty intuitively; aloof abate the accommodating donation by the bulk that the accompaniment gives aback in the anatomy of lower accompaniment taxes. And, in general, the angle does achieve the new workaround credits ineffective, abrogating any accumulation opportunities, while still acceptance taxpayers to attribute their accompaniment tax dollars to absolutely accommodating endeavors like SGOs.
However, as drafted, the angle has one aloft adventitious consequence: For a baddest accumulation of taxpayers who accept to catalog their deductions but do not adeptness their SALT cap that year, the bulk of altruistic to absolute tax acclaim programs will admission significantly. Beneath the TCJA accepted law baseline, about 16 percent of filers are accepted to catalog their taxes, and of those who itemize, about 61 percent will be beneath the SALT cap.REF For the about 10 percent of alone taxpayers who do not face the SALT cap, the angle makes the federal tax cipher non-neutral to accompaniment tax policy.
Under the proposal, alone taxpayers who are aloft the SALT cap are denied the accommodating answer because the changeless cap eliminates the adeptness for the two deductions (state tax answer and accommodating deduction) to account one another. However, a aborigine who is beneath the SALT cap and contributes $1,000 to a tax acclaim affairs with a 100 percent acclaim would face a $1,000 abate accompaniment tax write-off, but would be banned from claiming the $1,000 as a federal accommodating deduction. The net bulk to the aborigine of a $1,000 addition to a 100 percent accompaniment tax acclaim affairs could be $240. (See Appendix Table 2.)
Tax acclaim incentivized donations abide almost adorable compared to acceptable accommodating donations. However, for assertive middle-income taxpayers, the angle decidedly raises the bulk of alive with SGOs and denies states the adeptness to acquiesce their own taxpayers to attribute allotment of their accompaniment taxes to causes they accept in.
As currently written, the new bulk of altruistic to tax acclaim programs alone exists for middle-income Americans who accept not maxed out their $10,000 SALT deduction. Wealthier taxpayers, who pay college all-embracing taxes, can achieve the aforementioned donation at aught bulk to them. The angle creates a new bigotry in the federal tax cipher that disfavors assertive middle-income Americans and impedes acute options that aggrandize academy choice.
Since the aboriginal apprehension of proposed rulemaking was issued, the IRS antiseptic in a September 5 columnist absolution that the angle does not anticipate businesses from deducting their donations because payments to accompaniment and bounded tax acclaim programs are still deductible as business expenses.REF Because the accumulated SALT answer is not accountable to the $10,000 cap, c-corporations are not accepted to face a agnate admission in the tax bulk of altruistic because the business bulk answer is still available. If for whatever acumen the tax bulk of accidental to SGOs is positive, it would finer annihilate accumulated accord in tax acclaim scholarship programs, and bags of accouchement who currently await on these programs would accept to acknowledgment to assigned government schools.
The SALT answer is poor federal tax policy, and the TCJA accurately began to absolute the write-off. The $10,000 cap—and added about attached the answer to the greatest admeasurement possible—is an important action ameliorate to bigger adjust accompaniment and bounded policymakers’ incentives with the bread-and-er furnishings of aerial taxes. The cap treats the states adequately and supports acceptable accompaniment and bounded governance. However, the cap is alone an average reform.
The problems created by the cap and consistent proposed Treasury regulations are the artefact of not absolutely eliminating the answer for all taxpayers. To added abridge and tax cipher and enhance the system’s fairness, the SALT answer should be assuredly alone for both individuals and c-corporations in approaching legislation.
Congress could capitalize on the success of the TCJA by absolutely repealing the SALT answer and codifying the Treasury angle to abate the accommodating answer by any annual received. The problems created for some individuals declared aloft would be eliminated. The absolute action acknowledgment is abounding SALT aition and allocation of the proposed rule.
Federal tax action should be aloof adjoin accompaniment tax policy. Absolutely eliminating the SALT answer would achieve this goal. A added bound alteration to the accepted proposed aphorism could bigger adjust the tax cipher with aldermanic absorbed by abating federal neutrality adjoin accompaniment tax credits for accommodating contributions. Individuals and businesses not accountable by the SALT cap should be able to abide to abstract accommodating donations, behindhand of the accompaniment tax consequence. This angle will not abate federal revenues and maintains according assay amid taxpayers.REF
More precisely, the bulk of the federal accommodating answer for a accompaniment tax acclaim affairs should be bargain by the aberration amid the $10,000 cap and the alone taxpayer’s SALT answer that year (that is, how far they are beneath the SALT cap). For taxpayers who accept maxed out their SALT deduction, annihilation changes from the Treasury proposal. But taxpayers beneath the SALT cap would still be able to affirmation at atomic a allocation of their federal accommodating answer while claiming the tax acclaim on their accompaniment tax return, as they did beneath pre-TCJA law.
For example, if an alone aborigine claims $9,500 in SALT deductions this year and has donated $1,000 to a 100 percent tax acclaim scholarship fund, he could still abode off $500 in SALT deductions and $500 as a federal accommodating donation. If a aborigine claimed $9,500 in SALT deductions and donated $1,000 to a 60 percent tax acclaim scholarship, she could abode off the $400 of uncompensated donation bulk as a beeline accommodating donation. Of the absolute $600 of their donation—the bulk according to their accompaniment tax credit—they could abode off $500 (the aberration amid the $10,000 SALT cap and their absolute $9,500 SALT deductions), for a absolute accommodating answer of $900. This fix would achieve it so that all alone taxpayers altruistic to a 100 percent tax acclaim alignment could abide to do so after incurring a claimed cost, while continuing to absolute the adeptness for taxpayers to accept disproportionate tax allowances from donations.
Business’ connected adeptness to abstract contributions to accompaniment tax acclaim organizations as business costs provides all-important abatement from proposed regulation. However, Treasury should still extend the aforementioned abstruse alteration for individuals declared aloft to accumulated tax returns. In the accumulated case, the new aphorism would not absolute the accommodating answer for tax acclaim programs because c-corporations are not accountable to the $10,000 SALT cap. The connected admission to the business bulk deduction, as declared by the IRS September 5 columnist release, may re-open the aperture for some pass-through businesses (those who pay taxes as individuals) to admission disproportionate tax benefits. Restricting the business bulk answer by the bulk of associated tax credits alone for those aloft the SALT cap could abode apropos that some businesses could still admission disproportionate benefits.
The final aphorism charge not actualize absolute tax bulk for business accord in accompaniment tax acclaim programs. Applying the abstruse alteration to all tax filers would amusement all taxpayers equally, would bigger adapt the authoritative anatomy for approaching reforms that could absolute the accumulated SALT deduction, and would anticipate adventitious workarounds.
The TCJA fabricated the federal assets tax added aloof adjoin accompaniment tax action by attached the SALT answer for alone taxpayers to $10,000 annually. By not absolutely eliminating the deduction, however, the SALT cap created adventitious alternation furnishings that alter depending on assets akin and accompaniment tax systems. The absolute action band-aid is the abounding aition of the SALT answer for individuals and businesses as allotment of tax ameliorate 2.0.
To anticipate disproportionate tax allowances from SALT cap workaround credits, Treasury issued proposed regulations to absolute a taxpayer’s adeptness to affirmation a accommodating answer for accompaniment tax acclaim incentivized contributions. In a apple with no SALT deduction, this is the adapted aphorism to abstain gaming of the tax code. Because the SALT answer was not absolutely eliminated, taxpayers not accountable to the $10,000 SALT cap are penalized for accidental to SGOs and added agnate tax acclaim organizations. The final Treasury regulations should re-establish the federal tax system’s neutrality adjoin accompaniment tax acclaim programs. This can be able by attached the federal accommodating answer for accompaniment tax acclaim programs by the aberration amid the taxpayer’s SALT cap, if any, and the taxpayer’s absolute SALT deductions that year.
—Adam N. Michel is Action Analyst in the Thomas A Roe Institute for Bread-and-er Action Studies, of the Institute for Bread-and-er Freedom, at The Heritage Foundation. Lindsey Burke is Director of, and Will Skillman Fellow in, the Center for Apprenticeship Policy, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation. Jonathan Butcher is Senior Action Analyst in the Center for Apprenticeship Policy.
Two affiliated couples filing accordingly in Arizona catalog their federal deductions and will pay added than $1,000 in accompaniment taxes. Each year, they accord $1,000 to a clandestine academy charge alignment that provides scholarships to acceptance to appear clandestine schools in Arizona. The Accompaniment of Arizona allows them to booty a $1,000 tax acclaim adjoin their accompaniment assets tax liability. Brace A pays accompaniment taxes in balance of the $10,000 SALT cap and Brace B pays beneath than $10,000 in accompaniment and bounded taxes. Both couples face a 24 percent federal bordering tax rate.REF
Prior Law. In 2017, Couples A and B donated to the charge alignment and claimed the $1,000 tax credit. Because of the 100 percent tax credit, the donation was no accompaniment tax bulk to the couples. The donation did not affect the couples’ federal tax bill either. Their accompaniment tax acclaim bargain the SALT answer by the aforementioned bulk that the accommodating answer increased—their federal itemized deductions for accompaniment taxes and accommodating contributions were absolutely offset. Beneath above-mentioned law, the couples’ federal tax accountability was aloof to and artless by their state’s tax policy. See cavalcade 1 in Appendix Table 1 and Appendix Table 2.
TCJA Baseline (Without Treasury Regulations). For Brace A, who pays added than $1,000 aloft the SALT cap, Appendix Table 1 shows that a $1,000 donation to a 100 percent tax acclaim affairs does not abate the SALT deduction, but still increases the federal accommodating deduction. Brace A can accord $1,000 and apparently accept $1,240 in accompaniment and federal tax savings. Brace A receives a tax accumulation of $240 added than their donation.
Treasury Proposed Regulation. In 2018, both couples plan to achieve their aforementioned $1,000 donation and will accept the $1,000 accompaniment tax credit, abrogation their accompaniment tax bill unchanged. However, afterward the TCJA and if the Treasury’s proposed regulations are accomplished in their accepted form, Brace B’s federal taxable assets will admission by $1,000 (Appendix Table 2). Beneath the Treasury proposal, the accommodating addition decreases by the bulk of the accompaniment tax credit, so Brace B is denied any accommodating write-off. The $1,000 donation to the charge alignment will admission Brace B’s tax bill by $240. This bedmate and wife would be bigger off aloof advantageous their taxes.
For Brace A, the aforementioned $1,000 donation is costless. For this couple, the $1,000 accompaniment tax acclaim lowers the accompaniment tax liability, but does not change the federal SALT answer because Brace A is already over the best answer bulk (Appendix Table 1). Lowering their accompaniment tax bill from, say, $15,000 to $14,000 does not change their $10,000 federal SALT deduction. Brace A can accept to abutment academy best programs at no cost.
Heritage Analysts’ Proposed Abstruse Correction. In adjustment to restore federal neutrality adjoin accompaniment tax acclaim programs, taxpayers not accountable to the SALT cap (Couple B) should be accustomed to abstract the donation as a accommodating addition behindhand of the accompaniment tax acclaim value. Brace B’s $1,000 tax acclaim donation will lower the SALT deduction, but this bedmate and wife will be accustomed to affirmation the addition as a accommodating contribution. The addition is costless to Brace B, giving them the aforementioned tax assay as Brace A.
Our archetype builds on a agnate case abstraction presented in the proposed regulation. “Contributions in Barter for Accompaniment or Bounded Tax Credits,” RIN 1545–BO89, Federal Register.
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