Stop Congress’ Harmful Provisions to Architecture and Architects in the Tax Cuts and Job Act

As tragic wildfires tear through Southern California, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are in special conference to finalize the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will deliver devastating impacts to Californians in many different ways.

Also, as currently proposed, the tax measure will have adverse impacts on the architecture profession and the built environment.

1. AIA Los Angeles encourages everyone reading this message to contact their Congressional Representative immediately to share your concerns about the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

2. In addition, please call members of the California GOP and the members of both the Senate and House who are in special conference to reconcile the differences between the two different version of the bill (see list of conferees below).

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For who to Contact Scroll down to Part II.
For More information about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, scroll to Part III of this Blog

Subject line: Protect California and Improve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Dear Representative___________:

As a Californian that is deeply concerned about the adverse impacts of the proposed Tax Cut and Jobs Act, I am writing to share the following with you.

We request that the updated Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

• Treat Architecture Firms more fairly in the pass-through provisions. (Why penalize the profession? Professional service providers are economic mainstays of our economy)

• Retain 20% Historic Tax Credits and restore 10% for non-historic buildings

• Renew & Extend the 179 (D) Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction (which expired at the end of 2016)

• Do NOT remove the ACA Individual Healthcare Coverage Mandate. It’s removal will will cause all insurance premiums to rise

We respect your leadership position on behalf of the State of California and trust you will do what you can to ensure that California’s economy remains strong, our people healthy and our culture prosperous.

Thank you!

Very truly yours,

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Here are additional talking points that may impact the profession, and/or are being advocated by partners in the built environment, affordable housing providers and other advocates.

• Protect State and Local Tax Deductions (SALT). Otherwise, you will risk severely damaging California’s economy.

• Protect Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC).

• Protect community development and affordable housing tax incentives.

• Retain tax-exempt private activity bonds (PABs), including multifamily bonds, as in the Senate bill.

• Retain Advance Refunding Bonds, which are vital to infrastructure investments.

• Preserve New Markets Tax Credits, as in the Senate bill.

• Retain Student Interest Loan Deductions.

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California Representatives that need to hear from us:

• Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), staff: Kyle Lombardi (
• Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA-22), staff: Jilian Plank (
• Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA-45), staff: Casey Fitzpatrick (
• Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48), staff: Jeff Vanderslice (
• Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA-39), staff: Peter Freeman (
• Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA-42), staff: Ian Foley (
• Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), staff: Robert Rische (

The House Conferees are (CLICK HERE for House Directory):

• Conference Chair: Kevin Brady (R-TX-8)
• Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA-22)
• Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL-6)
• Rep. Diane Black (R-TN-6)
• Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD-at large)
• Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT-1)
• Rep. Don Young (R-AK-at large)
• Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-2)
• Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL-15)
• Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA-1)
• Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI-9)
• Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35)
• Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-3)
• Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14)

The Senate Conferees are (CLICK HERE for Senate Directory):

• Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (Conference Chair)
• Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
• Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
• Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
• Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
• Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
• Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
• Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
• Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
• Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
• Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
• Sen. Maria Cantwll (D-WA)
• Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
• Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
• Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

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Members, here is more information and places to find more information

Click Here to read AIA National’s analysis of the House & Senate versions of the bill.

Click Here to read Smart Growth For America’s analysis of the two version.

Although most of our California leadership realizes what’s at stake, there are still quite a few Representatives that need to hear directly from you. We must act now to protect the economic viability of the State of California and its 40+ million residents. In addition to excluding architecture firms from the pass-through exemptions, tax credits for historic preservation and energy efficiency are also at stake. There is also a lot of uncertainty about the tax credit status of Private Activity Bonds and other measures that are instrumental to delivering more affordable housing to the market.

According to the Skid Row Housing Trust, “The elimination of multifamily Housing Bonds would lead to a loss of between 788,000 to 881,000 units over the next 10 years nationwide.”

In addition, as noted by the California Budget & Policy Center, eliminating the deductions for state and local taxes will increase the personal tax bills of millions of Californians and middle-income households will bear the brunt of the impact.

Last updated: 07-Dec-2017 03:50 PM
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