Deduct all tax de­duc­tions

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing George F. Will’s July 13 op-ed, “Fix­ing the ‘rot­ting car­cass’ tax code”:

Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­come-tax re­form is a wor­thy ef­fort. Any­thing that sim­pli­fies the U.S. tax code and low­ers taxes is good for the coun­try. Of course, low­er­ing taxes has to be done in con­junc­tion with low­er­ing spend­ing and rec­og­niz­ing the ef­fect on the deficit.

One might think sim­pli­fy­ing the tax code was some­thing most peo­ple could agree on. How­ever, any change is a plus for some and a neg­a­tive for oth­ers. Mr. Trump is propos­ing elim­i­nat­ing all de­duc­tions ex­cept for mort­gage in­ter­est and char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions. Why? Why not elim­i­nate all de­duc­tions?

Why elim­i­nate med­i­cal de­duc­tions when we are faced with high med­i­cal costs and when at­tempt­ing to re­form the Af­ford­able Care Act is so dif­fi­cult in part be­cause of these costs? And why keep char­i­ta­ble de­duc­tions? High earn­ers de­ducted $108 bil­lion in char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions in 2014.

Mike Blivess, Ash­burn

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