There’s some irony in those states now rigging workarounds to help citizens hold onto deductions for state and local taxes on their federal returns.

The tax reform law that was President Donald Trump’s signature achievement in his first year in office capped those deductions, previously unlimited, at $10,000. Plenty of people living in states with hot real estate markets and high property values — such as Massachusetts — pay far more than that in local and state taxes in a given year.

So, lawmakers in a handful of places — including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — have restructured how they collect some of their revenue. One such program in New York offers state tax credits to citizens who donate to specific charities for education and healthcare. Those contributions, for now anyway, are still deductible from their federal income taxes.

It’s a gimmick that Massachusetts lawmakers have wisely avoided.

The inconsistency, putting it charitably, is that these same states will point out the unfairness of internet retailers not collecting and remitting sales taxes when doing business with their citizens. In other words, if a state doesn’t get all of its tax collection, it's a problem. If the federal government gets shorted, well, that's a different story.

Goodness knows, no one here is arguing for more taxes at either level. It's just that time will run out fast on what might seem like a clever end-run around the Internal Revenue Service, as it usually does. That, and there are better ways to save taxpayers money.

The cap on state and local tax deductions is controversial for political reasons. Critics note parallels between states with high real estate values and tax assessments, which are particularly affected, and blue states that went against Trump in the 2016 elections.

Massachusetts, squarely in the anti-Trump column, stands to lose a lot.

As Statehouse reporter Christian Wade recently noted, residents deduct some $19 billion worth of state and local taxes on their federal returns. This reform takes $7.5 billion of that off the table. Wade’s reporting also shows that taxpayers in some dozen communities on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley claim an average of more than $10,000 in state and local tax deductions on their federal returns. Presumably all will lose some of those deductions.

Keep in mind, however, that this cap pays for other parts of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that have been more warmly received — such as upping the standard deduction and lowering personal income tax rates.

Any lawmakers out there really keen on helping citizens muddle through can do a lot of good by getting out their budget scalpels and finding ways to lower state taxes.

In Massachusetts, there are other arguments for not grasping onto one of these workarounds, the most obvious being that the IRS is onto the ploy. The Internal Revenue Service is looking to cinch loopholes that the states are using. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation wisely encourages Beacon Hill to see how that will play out before acting.

Something else lawmakers here should consider — Nov. 7, 2000. That's the date 56 percent of Massachusetts voters signaled support for rolling back the state income tax rate to 5 percent. That still hasn’t happened. The tax rate lingers at 5.1 percent.

Following through would not only fulfill voters wishes, at long last, it would reduce how much money Massachusetts taxpayers fork over every year. It also would give homeowners a little bit of extra room to deduct real estate taxes from their federal returns.

That's a workaround everyone can live with.

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