A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


What You Need to Know About The GOP Tax Bill

Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in 2016. Photo from Creative Commons.

Update: Thursday, Nov. 15 3:30 p.m.: The House of Representatives passed their version of the tax bill on Nov. 15. The bill was passed 227-205 with 13 Republicans voting against the bill.

After a failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate and House Republicans have moved on to an attempt at tax reform. While Republicans in the two chambers of congress have given different proposals on tax reform in the end a final bill will likely take aspects from both bills. Here’s what to expect from the Republican’s tax reforms. Here’s what you need to know:


When it comes to student loans you can currently, get a tax deduction of up to $2,500 of what you paid back for that year. House Republicans have proposed an end to the tax deduction.

House Republicans would also remove the exemption of “income” from employers that goes towards paying for the employee’s or a loved one’s tuition including the “income” from an educational institution that waives or reduces the employee’s tuition as a student. This means that any tuition an employer pays for an employee would be taxed as income for the employee.

On the teachers side of things they will be unable to deduct from their taxes classroom supplies that they personally buy.

The new tax plan would also include cuts for various financial aid including Pell grants.


House Republicans have also proposed an end to a tax deduction for large out-of-pocket expenses. Currently, families whose medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of their gross income receive a tax deduction for medical expenses paid over that 10 percent. House Republicans would see that deduction done away with in 2018.

Republicans are also now planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate that requires most people to have health insurance. The repeal would cause costs of health insurance to rise. It will increase insurance premiums and lead to 13 million fewer Americans with health coverage.

Care about your grandparents or the future of you and your parents?  This tax bill will automatically cut Medicare by $25 billion per year almost immediately.

Electric Vehicles and Solar and Wind

Looking to buy a Tesla or another brand of electric vehicle? Currently, you can receive a tax reduction of up to $7,500. Again House Republicans would do away with the reduction. While if you ride a bicycle to work you can currently, deduct $20 a month from your taxes which Senate Republicans have proposed an end to. Republicans would also see an end or reduction of tax breaks for the solar and wind industries while tax breaks would stay the same for oil, coal and gas companies.

State and Local Taxes

Currently, you can deduct what you paid on state and local income taxes from your federal income taxes. House and Senate Republicans have proposed an end to the tax reduction. Having to pay the federal government for income you’re already paying state and local taxes for could lead to some people being unable to pay taxes for state and local services such as firefighters, schools and local roads. This is an end to a huge reductions for Californians who pay some of the highest state and local taxes in the country would know have to pay the federal government for those taxes.

Fire, Flood and Burglary Losses

Under current law losses occurred from fires, flood, burglary and similar events such as natural disasters can be deducted from your federal income taxes. House Republicans would completely due away with the deduction while the Senate Republicans would apply the deductions only when the losses occurred during an event the president decrees a disaster. That means if your property isn’t destroyed in a major national story you won’t be receiving a tax deduction.

Mortgage Deductions

Do you or your family own a home? Republicans plan to cut the mortgage deduction that middle class families count on.

What Does it Mean?

By 2027, 47 million households will have their taxes increased under the House Republican Proposal. Most of the benefits of the tax bill go to the wealthy and corporations.

Leave a Comment
About the Contributor
Cory Jaynes, Author
Cory Jaynes is the former editor in chief of SAC.Media. He is a political junkie who plans to pursue a bachelor's degree and a career in investigative reporting.

Comments (0)

All SACMedia Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *