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Call your Congressmen about tax cut concerns

Expectations are that the Senate bill will take precedence over the House bill, as Senate Republicans had many concerns over the House proposal. This is a good thing for Americans who are blind, as the House legislation had harmful provisions designed to negatively impact people with disabilities, including repeal of the blind standard deduction and medical expenses deduction, which are often used by taxpayers who are blind to reduce their tax burden.

While the harmful provisions targeting taxpayers who are blind is not expected to be in the conference bill, Americans who are blind should pay close attention to the coming week as side effects from the deficit caused by the tax cuts could have significant impact on federal spending programs like vocational rehabilitation, Medicare and Medicaid.

Concerns of threats to these programs may be shared by calling your representatives’ offices. The congressional switchboard can be reached at: 202-224-3121.

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