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State needs to adjust income tax law to offset sticker shot of federal changes

I knew this day would come. It's likely that every Maryland taxpayer who itemized deductions in the past will be significantly adversely affected by the inaction of the legislature to adequately adjust state income tax law when the federal law changed, resulting in much higher state taxes owed (“Maryland's tax increase: It's real and it's wrong,” Feb. 20).

My daughter is single and sacrificed for years in order to save enough to purchase a condo based on income tax deductions of mortgage interest and property taxes. When the new laws were passed, I advised her that she would need to greatly increase her state tax withholding, more than offsetting the benefit from the federal tax changes.

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I have been a great supporter of Gov. Larry Hogan but this is one instance where he let us all down by caving to the pressure of legislators eager to reap a huge tax increase without even taking any action to do so (“GOP tax cuts are not helping average people,” Feb. 13).

It's obvious that the wailing will only grow as uninformed taxpayers complete their 2018 state returns.

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Robert West, Ellicott City

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