Public interest organizations, wrote in strong support of the End Double Taxation of Successful Consumer Claims Act, S. 766, H.R. 4457, introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Steven Horsford. For too long, taxpayers have been subject to unexpected penalties when they successfully hold bad actors accountable in court. The bill would ensure consumers in these cases are not unfairly taxed on funds they do not receive.
Chicago Sun-Times, Winners of consumer lawsuits ended up with an unwelcome tax-time surprise
"Christine Hines, legislative director for the National Association of Consumer Advocates, says some people, unaware they can appeal to the IRS, just suck it up and pay the tax on the legal fees — meaning the lawyers’ earnings get taxed twice.
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Congress must protect consumers from predatory businesses.
Letter to the Editor from Sophia Romero, Nevada State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Advocates: "If people are too afraid to pursue legitimate cases because they might suffer financially, then unscrupulous businesses will be let off the hook for preying on vulnerable Nevadans during this difficult time."
Public interest organizations strongly support legislation introduced this week that would remove an unfair tax penalty against consumers. “For too long, taxpayers have been subject to unexpected penalties when they successfully hold unscrupulous businesses accountable in court,” the groups said in letters of support for the new bills introduced by Sen.
NACA sends this letter in support of the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. The bill would would ensure that American consumers are not unfairly penalized when they obtain justice for harm caused by bad actors by creating an above-the-line deduction for consumers who recover their legal fees after winning civil claims.
Written by Ira Rheingold, Executive Director
A lot has been happening on our campaign to prevent consumer clients from being taxed on your attorney fees. As you know, we have been working on this issue for several years, and our effort has taken three separate, but coordinated paths: Litigation, Legislation, and Practice Advice. All of NACA’s past published work, including memos and webinars, can be found on our website.