Tax Reform: What It Means for Cities

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
November 17, 2017

On November 2, the House Ways and Means Committee released its long-awaited tax reform plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The proposed plan aims to streamline the U.S. tax code and create some tax relief for middle- and low-income Americans by reducing the number of tax brackets, reducing marginal tax rates, and expanding family tax credits. Unfortunately, these come at the cost of eliminating key deductions and tax credits for cities as well as middle-class Americans. These elements of the existing tax code help finance local infrastructure and build strong, vibrant and economically sound communities.

As Congress continues to negotiate details of proposed changes to the federal tax code, learn how it could preempt your local decision making on taxes, impact your city’s ability to finance necessary infrastructure improvements, and how you can advocate for cities during the tax reform debate.

Learn more:

  • about the current tax reform legislation introduced by Congress.
  • how the legislation will impact cities and Americans.
  • what local leaders can advocate for cities during the tax reform debate.



  • Michael Wallace Program Director for Community and Economic Development - National League of Cities
  • John Kinnaird Councilmember - Waco, Texas

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