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Ducey-Legislature standoff leaves tax filers in limbo

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

Arizona taxpayers who are ready to start filing their state returns are in a sort of legal and financial limbo because of a fight over income taxes between Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers.

The tax forms printed up and being sent out by the Department of Revenue presume that lawmakers eventually will cave in to Ducey and adopt changes he wants in state tax law. That would mean the deductions allowed on those forms would be the same as those now permitted following the decision in late 2017 by President Trump to sign the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Only thing is, Ducey has been unable to get the Republicans who control the House and Senate to agree. In fact, he vetoed an alternate plan last week offered by GOP lawmakers.

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