Tax Reform

As a father of six, I understand the importance of every dollar in raising a family. That is why I supported tax reform that will let hardworking Michigan families keep more of their own money.

The tax reform legislation, which became law in 2017, represents the first major overhaul of our tax code in more than 30 years. The new law doubled the standard deduction and lowered tax rates across the board. It also doubled the child tax credit to $2,000 and maintained deductions for medical expenses, charitable giving, mortgage interest payments, adoption expenses, and student loan deductions.

Tax reform will also stimulate the economy by giving family owned small businesses a tax break. The new tax rates will take affect when residents pay their 2018 taxes in 2019, but Michigan workers are already seeing benefits. Many employers have given their employees bonuses and pay raises, and utility companies have announced plans to pass on the savings in the form of lower rates for customers. Tax reform is letting Michigan families keep more of their own money and that is always a good thing.

More on Tax Reform

October 5, 2018 Press Release
"The economy is strong, with more jobs and higher wages. I have seen firsthand as local businesses are building new facilities and putting out 'Help Wanted' signs to hire more workers for good-paying jobs. I voted to let Michigan families and small businesses keep more of their own money and we are seeing good economic signs in mid and northern Michigan."
April 19, 2018 Editorial

Winter may never leave us in Michigan, but one thing is for sure, the old tax system is gone.

April 17 was the last day Michigan residents had to file their taxes under an old, outdated complicated tax code that had not been updated in more than 30 years.

Now Michiganders can fully enjoy the lower tax rates of 2018, keep more of their own money and plan ahead for filing next year when they will owe the federal government less money.

In fact, some benefits of tax reform are already being seen in Michigan.

March 6, 2018 Press Release
"Tax reform continues to be a success for hardworking Michigan residents. They are keeping more of their hard earned money in each paycheck and that is always a good thing. However, the tax code can be tough to navigate so I strongly urge Secretary Mnuchin and the Treasury Department to modernize the IRS and make sure taxpayers are receiving support with their returns this year. Taxpayers can also call my office in Midland for help if they are having a problem with the IRS."
January 11, 2018 Press Release
"Many Michigan residents are living paycheck to paycheck and next month those paychecks are going to be bigger. They will have extra money in each paycheck to spend here in our communities and to provide for their families."
December 22, 2017 Editorial
Lower tax rates, a bigger standard deduction, a bigger child tax credit, and bigger paychecks, means more money for Michigan families, small businesses and our communities. As one resident from Roscommon told me, “Any time a family can keep more of their own earnings and spend it as they see fit, it is a good thing.” I could not agree more and I am proud to support real tax relief for Michigan families.
December 20, 2017 Press Release
Tax reform is already benefiting hardworking Michigan residents. Companies like AT&T are using the money they save to invest in their employees and our country. With the lower rates, higher standard deductions, and a $2,000 child tax credit, Michigan residents will have higher wages and pay less in taxes, keeping more of their own money.
December 19, 2017 Press Release
Simply put, this tax relief legislation means Michigan families will keep more of their own money and that is always a good thing.
November 17, 2017 Editorial
Tax reform is tax relief for middle class families and Main Street, bigger paychecks, more jobs and a simpler, fairer system. This is the first major tax reform since 1986 and I will continue to fight for tax relief for hardworking Michigan families.
November 16, 2017 Press Release
This is tax relief for middle class families and Main Street. It will mean bigger paychecks, more jobs and a simpler, fairer system that closes loopholes. It will be a tax cut for Michigan families and keep more money here at home in our local communities.
November 2, 2017 Press Release
I have heard from constituents I represent about how they are struggling with higher costs for everyday expenses. The tax reform introduced today will help Michigan families by giving them a tax cut. For a family of four making median income, the cut would be more than $1,100, letting Michigan families keep more of their own money so they can meet their needs and provide for their children.

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