Rep. Faso Sends Follow Up Letter to Department of Treasury

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Washington, April 12, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. -- Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) sent a follow up letter to the Department of Treasury seeking examination of recent changes to the New York State tax law.

The original letter asked the Treasury Department to issue an opinion letter concerning tax changes contained in the Governor’s proposed Executive Budget.  Now that the state budget has been adopted, Rep. Faso’s follow up letter requests the Treasury Department review the recently enacted state legislation that would convert some state and local tax payments to payments that might be eligible for the charitable tax deduction under federal law. 

Full text of the letter is below and a signed copy with accompanying attachments is available here.


Mr. David Kautter

Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy

U.S. Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20220

Mr. Kautter,

As a follow up to my letter from February 26, I ask you to examine the recent changes to the New York State tax law aimed at shielding New Yorkers from the recent limitation of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction.

As part of the State’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, state-owned charitable contribution funds dedicated towards health care and education have been created. New Yorkers that itemize their federal returns would be able to contribute to one of these two funds and then claim that contribution as an 85 percent credit on their state tax return. A copy of these enacted tax changes is included with this letter.

I have heard from many constituents who are interested in this issue.  As such, I ask that Treasury quickly review the state law changes to determine if these amendments are consistent with federal law. It is imperative that New Yorkers are fully informed as to the potential benefits or shortcomings associated with these changes, and advisory opinions from Treasury and the IRS would help to provide clarity.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss this matter further.



John J. Faso

Member of Congress

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