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GOP tax cuts are not helping average people

Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., talks to reporters about Republican tax reforms that eliminated the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a move that hurt states like New York, Maryland, New Jersey and California, all Democratic strongholds.
Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., talks to reporters about Republican tax reforms that eliminated the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a move that hurt states like New York, Maryland, New Jersey and California, all Democratic strongholds. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

I have completed my own tax returns for most of the past 40 years. During that time, the Republicans raised taxes while saying they cut them at least twice — once under Ronald Reagan and now under Donald Trump. Both cut rates while eliminating exemptions and deductions (“Tax time: End of popular deductions may shock small-business owners,” Feb. 6).

My taxes increased over $6,000 in 2018 due to the elimination of personal exemptions, an increase in the standard deduction which reduced many deductions for charitable donations, mortgage interest, state income tax and property tax deductions. The Republicans have lied again. A carrot with a rate decrease while an increase at year's end with a change in exemptions and deductions.

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Wake up, America and don't waste more tax money on an unneeded border wall.

Vince Gardina, Parkton

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