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Governor Cuomo Is Right on Taxes

Governor Cuomo Is Right on Taxes
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his state of the state address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Friday, 26 January 2018 11:10 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State thinks it is wrong for the federal government to stop allowing you to deduct state and local income taxes from your federal income tax — not to mention (which I will mention here) county and city real estate taxes more than $10,000 on your federal income tax 1040.

In fact, the governor thinks it is unconstitutional to throw out those deductions that another arm of the deep state has taken from you.

On that juridical argument, we do disagree. I think it is immoral, not illegal.

Now Governor Cuomo and I share a deep educational and moral background. We both attended Saint Gerard Majella parochial school in Hollis, Queens. We both learned to read and write and add and subtract from the Sisters of Mercy. We were a few years removed from each, but morals are eternal.

Further, Andrew’s Dad, Governor Mario Cuomo, also went to my high school, Saint John’s Prep in Bed-Stuy, where we both absorbed the teachings of the Congregation of the Missions, priests known as Vincentians after the great saint of the plague years, Vincent de Paul.

Governor Andrew Cuomo would be better off siding with me and Saint Vincent on the moral argument.

Think of it: with all the things we joyfully tax, now we are actually going to tax taxes but go on calling it by the name Income Tax.

Used to be you could even deduct sales taxes on large purchases. Usually it was a car or a chinchilla coat or if the deduction were still around today maybe tickets to "Hamilton." Somehow or another that fair and proper deduction was dropped in the euphoria of a previous tax reform decades ago.

To be fair, the Constitutional argument of the governor does have a bit of merit. When the income tax amendment passed in 1913, it was, after all, properly called The Income Tax Amendment.

Perhaps the fashioners of this new tax bill should seek a constitutional change before rolling it out.

Call it what it is: The Taxing Tax Amendment.

Now if that 34th amendment gets ratified, to be consistent Governor Cuomo will have to be also in favor of instituting and backing enthusiastically, a new, but truly moral and legal deduction on the New York State Income Tax Form.

Call it the Cuomo-Messner deduction. A deduction for New York State taxpayers of all their federal income taxes.

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