May 9, 2019 Press Release

Why Isn’t McSally Working To Fix Her Gold Star Family Tax Hike?

Why Isn’t McSally Working To Fix Her Tax Hike On Gold Star Families?

The 2017 GOP tax law — which McSally called “must pass” — unfairly hiked taxes on military survivor benefits for kids in bereaved families

Some Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to propose a fix that would reverse the tax hikes, but McSally has refused to take action

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Martha McSally supported the 2017 GOP tax law — which sent 83% of its benefits to the richest 1% and large corporations — as “must pass legislation.” Now, the law has unfairly hiked taxes on Gold Star families, and McSally has been silent, sitting on the sidelines, as Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including Arizona senior Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, support a bipartisan fix to reverse the tax law’s cruel penalty on Gold Star families.

Though chock-full of giveaways for the richest 1% of Americans and large corporations, the 2017 Republican tax law actually increased taxes for some children in Gold Star families. Specifically, children who receive benefits related to a parent’s death are now taxed at a much higher rate, as though the benefits were proceeds from a trust fund.

Although the proposed fix legislation is cosponsored by a diverse range of Republicans and Democrats, in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, McSally does not appear to be among them, nor does McSally appear to have so much as commented on her “must pass” tax law’s cruel punishment of Gold Star families.

“In her eagerness to jam through a tax law that sent the vast majority of its benefits to the richest Americans and corporate special interests, Martha McSally hiked taxes on Gold Star families, and now she’s refusing to fix or even own up to her mistake,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson for the 2020 Senate race. “Why isn’t McSally working to fix her Gold Star family tax hike?”