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  • NJ A2874
  • Allows gross income tax deduction for certain student loan interest.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides a tax deduction for taxpayers who make student loan payments. A taxpayer may deduct from gross income, the same amount as the federal income tax deduction, if any, that the taxpayer is permitted under section 221 of the Internal Revenue Code for interest paid on education loans. The federal provision establishes a maximum allowable deduction, currently set at $2,500, and a formula, subject to adjustments for inflation, by which the allowable deduction is reduced as the modified adjust gross income of the taxpayer exceeds $65,000, or $130,000 for joint returns. The deduction is eliminated entirely for taxpayers whose modified adjusted gross income is $80,000 or more, or $160,000 for joint returns. As defined in section 221, the interest paid on indebtedness incurred solely to pay qualified higher education expenses at eligible educational institutions can be deducted subject to the conditions outlined in the section. In addition, married taxpayers must file jointly in order to claim the deduction. Because this bill links the calculation of any State gross income tax deduction for student loan interest paid to the corresponding provision in the Internal Revenue Code, any change in the federal provision will automatically affect the State. A benefit of this linkage is that New Jersey taxpayers can determine the availability and amount of both State and federal student loan interest deductions at the same time.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 2/16/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
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