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On Tax Day, Gottheimer touts efforts to lower taxes

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, held a press conference Monday at H&R Block in Emerson to announce actions toward lowering taxes for families and small businesses here in New Jersey. Local officials, residents and stakeholders joined Gottheimer. “Families across the state and country are rooting for a refund this Tax Day. But, for far too many Jersey families and small businesses, hefty property taxes and income tax bills are a major source of stress,” said Gottheimer. “And with good reason. Their taxes are too high. According to the Tax Foundation, New Jersey has an effective state and local tax rate of more than 13% — the sixth highest in the nation. Here in Bergen County, the median annual property tax is $15,000.”