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

April 10, 2020 Press Release
"This site will provide a way for those who do not normally file taxes or receive Social Security benefits to sign up and make sure they receive their $1,200 as quickly as possible. This is a difficult time for many Michigan residents and I know this payment will help make it a little easier for them."
April 7, 2020 Press Release
“This legislation is just one of the many ways we can support the health care professionals who have done incredible work to serve others and save lives during this pandemic,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “This legislation recognizes their sacrifices for public safety and helps their families."
March 9, 2020 Page

An Update on the Coronavirus

Federal, state, and local authorities, as well as public health experts are all working together to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect the American people.

Below is information about legislation that will help hardworking Michigan families through this difficult time for our nation, as well as links to federal and state resources including small business loans and unemployment.

Economic Impact Payment Information

November 19, 2019 Press Release
“It is an honor to serve as a voice in Congress for my constituents and to work on their behalf when they have issues with the federal government. My office and I can help cut through the red tape, and I hope constituents in mid and northern Michigan will reach out to us when they need assistance with a federal agency. It's been especially meaningful to help so many of our veterans receive the benefits they were promised for serving our country, and that's been one of my biggest priorities since taking office,” said Moolenaar.
January 3, 2019 Press Release
"The economy is strong, with unemployment under four-percent and wages on the rise. We shouldn't jeopardize that success like the Democrats did today when they voted to make it easier for themselves to take more money from the American people. Democrats were sent here to work in a bipartisan manner, but they are already tearing up rules so they don't have to work with Republicans. I will fight against efforts to raise taxes on hardworking Michigan residents, because it's always a good thing when Michiganders can keep more of their own money."
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.