Property Tax "Reform" Voted Down in Idaho

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Recently, the Idaho House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously (68-1) in favor of legislation to allow nonitemizers to write off their property taxes, but this week the Senate defeated the measure. In Idaho, currently only taxpayers who itemize on their state income tax forms are eligible for the deduction. Ultimately the Senate defeated the legislation because of its $2 million price tag. But folks really interested in property tax reform would be wise to stay away from poorly targeted deductions and instead take a second look at expanding Idaho's elderly property tax circuit breaker (a credit designed to assist low income taxpayers with their property tax bills) and expand the credit to include nonelderly homeowners and renters.

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