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Walsh pushes for tax credits for union members

4/18/2018, noon
State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., Elwood, is cosponsoring legislation to give back tax credits to working and middle class families ...

Joliet - State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., Elwood, is cosponsoring legislation to

give back tax credits to working and middle class families removed by the U.S.

Congress.

"Folks who are working for a living counts on these tax credits as part of their

financial planning," said Walsh. "As a proud union member, I know firsthand that

unions provide the representation to ensure a living wage and quality healthcare,

and the expenses to have that support should be counted as a tax deduction for

working families."

HB 5521, backed by Walsh, creates a state income tax deduction for union dues when there is not one at the federal level. All union dues were previously tax deductible on federal income taxes, but the new Republican tax plan removed most of these tax deductions. HB 5521 replaces the tax breaks taken away from by congress by allowing any individual paying union dues to write off the full amount on their state taxes.