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Washington Report – Nov. 20, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: November 19, 2017


The House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). There are several provisions in the House tax reform measure to cause NAPO some concern. The first is the partial elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction. NAPO has joined the Americans Against Double Taxation (AADT) in opposition to the elimination or partial elimination of the SALT deduction to help us fight this change to longstanding federal tax policy; NAPO supports amendments to the Senate version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The first amendment would repeal the application of the 10-percent early withdrawal tax to governmental section 457(b) plans. In a victory for NAPO this amendment was approved and the 10-percent early withdrawal tax was removed from the measure; and NAPO has pledged its support for the Fix NICS Act, a bipartisan bill that would enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and provide resources and incentives for federal agencies and states to share regards on individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms under federal law. NICS is used to prevent felons, domestic violence perpetrators, and other dangerous individuals from illegally purchasing firearms, but this system relies on states and federal agencies to share records on such dangerous and violent individuals. Unfortunately, failures to share such relevant information has led to horrific tragedy. The latest example of this failure occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, when a man with a chronic past of documented domestic abuse and violence was able to pass a NICS background check and purchase the firearms he used to murder 26 people. While serving in the United States Air Force, the gunman was convicted by a general court-martial of two charges of domestic assault, crimes that should have been reported to NICS.

 

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