The National Association of Realtors is urging its members to oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, tax reform legislation being considered in the United States Senate. This bill is a direct threat to consumers and homeowners. Not only will millions of homeowners not benefit from the proposal, many will get a tax increase. Additionally, homeowners could lose substantial equity from the more than 10% drop in home values likely to result if the bill is enacted.
The legislation includes changes to the exemption on capital gains tax from the sale of a primary residence, elimination of the deduction for all state and local taxes, and elimination of the deduction for interest on home equity loans. All this from a bill that is supposed to improve the current tax system.
Not only is this legislation a clear and present danger to American homeownership, it will cost our children and grandchildren $1.5 trillion in new federal debt.