Rep. Wild Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Tax Deductions for Middle Class Workers

March 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced legislation that would reinstate and make permanent tax deductions designed to directly benefit many middle-class and union workers. These miscellaneous itemized deductions were suspended for taxable years 2018 through 2025 in last year’s Republican tax overhaul.

“Reinstating these basic tax deductions - tax deductions that never should have been removed – takes an unnecessary burden off our workers who shouldn’t have to stress about the cost of uniforms or basic supplies they might need to do their jobs,” Wild said. “Our economy does best when it grows from the middle out, not from the top down. If we are going to keep our promise to create an economy that lifts everyone up and allows for the kind of economic promise possible only in America, we can’t allow Pennsylvania’s workers to literally pay the price for working.”

“If the wealthiest people in our country can claim a deduction for their private jets, then working- and middle-class families should be able to deduct work-related expenses like those in Congresswoman Wild’s Bill, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale said. “Working women and men in Pennsylvania and around the country should not be penalized for their contributions to their workplace and their profession while income inequality continues to grow.” 

Under the Republican tax plan passed last year, taxpayers can no longer deduct reimbursed job expenses that they pay out of their own pocket. These deductions – which covered the cost of tools and supplies, work clothes and uniforms, work-related travel, transportation and meal expenses, union dues, dues to professional societies, and home office expenses – were a direct benefit to many middle-class workers. According to IRS data, in Pennsylvania alone, 1.8 million taxpayers claimed miscellaneous itemized deductions in 2016. Immediate reinstatement of these deductions is necessary for our nurses, salespeople, and unionized workers, all of whom unfairly bear the burden of the Republican tax overhaul.