Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Congress approved extending the State and Local Sales Tax Deductions for Tennesseans as part of the fiscal cliff agreement that Congress passed on January 1. This important tax provision was slated to expire at the end of 2012 -- which would have increased taxes for all Tennesseans. Congressman Cohen has been an ardent supporter of this tax deduction well before coming to Congress and signed onto a bipartisan letter to the House Ways and Means Committee requesting that the deduction be extended in September. As a State Senator in Tennessee, Congressman Cohen personally lobbied President George W. Bush on this issue on behalf of his constituents. Congressman Cohen was the only member of the Tennessee House delegation to support the measure.
"I'm proud to have worked in a bipartisan fashion to extend this critical tax deduction for my constituents and those in Tennessee's other eight congressional districts," said Congressman Cohen. "Because Tennessee does not have a state income tax, our state and local sales taxes are inordinately high and place a significant financial burden on many of my constituents. This sales tax deduction will save my constituents much needed money in these tough economic times by allowing them to deduct their state sales taxes from their federal income tax returns. Since individuals in states with an income tax are able to deduct their state income tax, I believe it is only fair that Tennesseans should be granted equal footing and allowed to deduct their state and local sales taxes."