GOP’s tax bill eliminates wildfire deduction. Reps. Hunter, Issa, seek to reinstate it.

By Joshua Stewart | sandiegouniontribune.com

While the GOP’s tax bill would end deductions for properties damaged in natural disasters, including ongoing Southern California wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of buildings, San Diego County’s two Republican representatives in the House are backing an effort to provide some financial relief.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, voted against the tax bill, while Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, supported it. Portions of both members’ districts were scorched in a wildfire that started Thursday, burning 4,100 acres and destroying 85 structures.

The two are supporting another piece of legislation that would give property owners some tax relief and access to money that could help them rebuild….read more