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Do Members of Congress Pay Income Taxes?

Members do pay taxes on their Congressional salaries, but they have given themselves some extra perks that elevate them above normal taxpayers. For example, they wrote into the law a $3,000 annual income tax deduction for maintaining a second residence. Normally, a taxpayer in a lawmaker's income bracket could be subject to reductions in the value of his or her mortgage interest write-off for residences. The typical American who uses an additional residence for business or rental purposes may qualify for certain expense deductions, but only by filing complex forms.