Dean Heller Amendment for Middle-Class Tax Relief Passes

Commentary by Senator Dean Heller About Tax Relief and Reform after his Amendment passes.

This week, we’re setting in motion one of my top priorities: bringing tax relief to hardworking Nevadans. For decades, Nevadans have been waiting for an affordable and fair tax code that they can understand.

I have long said that our tax code is too costly and too complex and that we need to simplify our code in a way that creates jobs and allows Nevadans to keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars.

Now, we’re taking an enormous first step in providing meaningful relief to Nevadans and middle-class families across the nation and are finally in a place in which we can provide real, meaningful tax relief to the American taxpayer.

I’ve been working with my colleagues to craft a tax bill that accomplishes three major goals:

1. Creates more jobs

2. Increases wages

3. Boosts American competitiveness.

So, the question is, what does tax reform mean to an average Nevadan who works hard and is trying to provide a better life for his or her children? It means that you can keep more of your hard-earned paycheck and it will be easier for you to file your taxes.

Less paperwork, more money.

Lower rates for businesses mean more jobs, higher wages, and growth in our communities — all of which will benefit you.

As the son of a school cook and an auto mechanic, I understand the discipline and hard work that goes into every dollar and every paycheck.

And I’m working to see that you have more of it in your pocket.

That is why my amendment is absolutely critical, because it delivers this desperately needed relief and let’s middle-class families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, helping them make ends meet and invest in their families.

For too long, American families have been struggling with stagnant wages and incomes, as well as slow economic growth, made worse by the policies of the Obama Administration.

In inflation-adjusted terms, nationwide median household income stayed below what it was in 2007 all the way up to 2015. And last year, it was only $890 more than it was in 2007. Here in Nevada, the situation is even worse: Median household income still hasn’t fully recovered and is $7,000 lower today than it was in 2007.

Tax relief for families with children — through an enhanced Child Tax Credit, for example — will help begin to address the financial insecurities facing American families, and will help families confront the rising costs of raising children.

I’m glad to see my bill pass the senate as everyone should want to support children and support middle-class families.

Dean Heller

U.S. Senator, Nevada