Federal judge dismisses challenge to SALT cap for New York

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by four states, including New York, that challenged a cap on deductions that can be filed for state and local taxes.

The federal law passed in late 2017 caps a deduction for state and local taxes — known as SALT — at $10,000. New York joined New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland in the lawsuit.

The average SALT deduction for people living in New York tops $22,000. The situation encourages high-income New Yorkers to move out of the state.

In a statement released Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the policy “unfair”, claiming the cap is costing New York residents $15 billion each year.

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