Editor’s note: Today’s guest editorial was written by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground). Editorial content from other publications and authors is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed by the Editorial Board of The Daily News.
OK, I realize tax time isn’t anyone’s favorite season, but this year is unique: April 17, 2018 marked the last time Americans had to to navigate the current complicated tax code and pay a higher rate when they file their taxes. In December 2017, Congress passed and I supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that, starting in 2019, will make it simpler and easier for hardworking citizens to file their taxes.
Even more importantly, starting now, the average Southwest Washington family of four will see $2,300 more in their paychecks this year thanks to these tax cuts. In fact, nine out of ten residents from Longview, Castle Rock, Woodland and Kelso will have their federal taxes cut thanks to this bill we passed.
When I entered Congress eight years ago, we were in the worst economic times our country has seen in decades. People were losing their homes and their jobs. Cowlitz County was particularly hit hard. To this day, wages have failed to keep up with the cost of paying the bills and making the mortgage.
Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to help improve this situation. Our goal was to let individuals and families keep more of their money, and to jumpstart economic growth that America so desperately needs.