Update 3 December 2010:
If the Politicians on the The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform were purely interested in solving the American fiscal crisis, they wouldn’t have chosen such a theatrical title, “The Moment of Truth for their report.
The problem is that the politicians are seeking to reform/remedy/fix within the current framework and structure that exists rather than recognize and admit that the system is fundamentally broken. Our tax code is in need of reform, not parts of it.
My argument against the Mortgage Interest Deduction being negated is less about its fundamental nature to the stability of the housing market and more to the point that politicians wield power that we should not permit them to have.
Current: Deductible for itemizers; Mortgage capped at $1 million for principal and second residences, plus an additional $100,000 for home equity
Proposed: 12% non-refundable tax credit available to all taxpayers; Mortgage capped at Mortgage Interest $500,000; No credit for interest from second residence and equity
But for now, I’ll be contacting my politicians* who ostensibly “represent” me and telling them that my opinion is that they:
1) Leave the Mortgage Interest Deduction alone. Now is not the time to further cripple the housing market
2) Look at the tax code. Consider choosing Fairness over manipulating the peoples’ lives; consider stripping yourselves and your successors of the power to manipulate others. Consider removing special interests from the equation.
Under the FairTax home purchases are more tax advantaged than they are today. For working Americans, the â€œtrue costâ€ of buying a home goes down. In a nutshell, homes are more affordable because the majority of homes are used and are not taxed, the interest paid on new homes at a lower rate is untaxed, new home prices do not bear taxes imposed upstream, and the saving and investment needed to buy homes is not taxed multiple times.
What are your thoughts?
* But not Tom Perriello; he is no longer accepting email.
As of Thursday, November 18, 2010, Rep. Perriello will no longer be able to receive correspondence by email. Please contact his Washington, D.C. office or your local district office by phone or mail for assistance.