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Key Points About Trump's Tax Plan

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You'd never know this to listen to Trump's liberal and conservative critics, but Trump's tax plan contains some provisions that appeal to centrists and liberals but contains many other provisions that appeal to conservatives. I do not agree with some aspects of Trump's plan, but it would be substantial improvement over what we have now.

Predictably, purists from the left and right have attacked Trump's plan. Left-wing purists complain that it would unfairly benefit the rich, even though it would remove millions of average people from the tax roles and would reduce or end many loopholes and exemptions now enjoyed by the rich. Right-wing purists complain that Trump's plan would raise the deficit and increase the debt, even though all previous major tax cuts have been followed by substantial increases in federal revenue (right-wing purists are assuming that Trump would not get federal spending under control).

Here are the key points about Trump's tax plan, taken directly from his website:

The Trump Tax Plan Achieves These Goals
  1. If you are single and earn less than $25,000, or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. That removes nearly 75 million households – over 50% – from the income tax rolls. They get a new one page form to send the IRS saying, “I win,” those who would otherwise owe income taxes will save an average of nearly $1,000 each.
  2. All other Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25% – instead of the current seven. This new tax code eliminates the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II.
  3. No business of any size, from a Fortune 500 to a mom and pop shop to a freelancer living job to job, will pay more than 15% of their business income in taxes. This lower rate makes corporate inversions unnecessary by making America’s tax rate one of the best in the world.
  4. No family will have to pay the death tax. You earned and saved that money for your family, not the government. You paid taxes on it when you earned it.
BUT, Trump's plan includes provisions to raise more revenue--by ending a lot of the tax loopholes and exemptions for the rich and by enticing the trillions of American dollars now parked overseas to come back to our shores:
  1. Reducing or eliminating deductions and loopholes available to the very rich, starting by steepening the curve of the Personal Exemption Phaseout and the Pease Limitation on itemized deductions. The Trump plan also phases out the tax exemption on life insurance interest for high-income earners, ends the current tax treatment of carried interest for speculative partnerships that do not grow businesses or create jobs and are not risking their own capital, and reduces or eliminates other loopholes for the very rich and special interests. These reductions and eliminations will not harm the economy or hurt the middle class. Because the Trump plan introduces a new business income rate within the personal income tax code, they will not harm small businesses either.
  2. A one-time deemed repatriation of corporate cash held overseas at a significantly discounted 10% tax rate. Since we are making America’s corporate tax rate globally competitive, it is only fair that corporations help make that move fiscally responsible. U.S.-owned corporations have as much as $2.5 trillion in cash sitting overseas. Some companies have been leaving cash overseas as a tax maneuver. Under this plan, they can bring their cash home and put it to work in America while benefitting from the newly-lowered corporate tax rate that is globally competitive and no longer requires parking cash overseas. Other companies have cash overseas for specific business units or activities. They can leave that cash overseas, but they will still have to pay the one-time repatriation fee.
  3. An end to the deferral of taxes on corporate income earned abroad. Corporations will no longer be allowed to defer taxes on income earned abroad, but the foreign tax credit will remain in place because no company should face double taxation.
  4. Reducing or eliminating some corporate loopholes that cater to special interests, as well as deductions made unnecessary or redundant by the new lower tax rate on corporations and business income. We will also phase in a reasonable cap on the deductibility of business interest expenses.
Here is some of what the Tax Foundation has said about Trump's plan:

According to our Taxes and Growth Model, the increased incentives to work and invest from this tax plan would increase the size of the economy by 11 percent over the long run. The plan would lead to 6.5 percent higher wages and a 29 percent larger capital stock. The larger economy is mainly the result of the significant reduction in the service price of capital due to the rate reductions for corporations and pass through businesses. In addition, the reduction of marginal tax rates on individual income would increase incentives to work and result in 5.3 million full-time equivalent jobs. (Link given below)​

The Tax Policy Center:

On balance, the plan would significantly increase the number of households that would pay no income tax (or would receive an income tax refund). In 2017, an estimated 110 million households would pay no income tax under the plan, compared with 77 million under current law. That would boost the percentage of households paying no income tax from 44 percent to 63 percent. (Link given below)​

Fidelity Tax Relief:

Basically, in Trump’s plan, those who make less than $25,000 per year do not have to pay any taxes, while the wealthy will end up paying more money in taxes. His plan would save millions from having to pay taxes, and the middle class will save on average almost $1,000 every year. (Link given below)​

If you want to read Trump's entire tax reform plan, here it is (in web and PDF format):

Tax Reform

https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/trump-tax-reform.pdf

Here is what some others have said about Trump's tax plan:

Larry Kudlow: Larry Kudlow on Trump's Tax Plan: I Really Like It
Kudlow Trumpets Trump Tax Plan

Tax Foundation: http://taxfoundation.org/article/details-and-analysis-donald-trump-s-tax-plan

Tax Policy Center: http://taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/2000560-an-analysis-of-donald-trumps-tax-plan.pdf

Fidelity Tax Relief: Will Donald Trump's Tax Plan Help the Average Person?
 

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The economic predictions are impressive.
 

JakeStarkey

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Donald has published a very progressive tax plan, like we knew he would.

Watch both Dems and Pubs scream.
 
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Donald has published a very progressive tax plan, like we knew he would.

Watch both Dems and Pubs scream.

If it were "progressive," Dems would not be screaming about it. Dems condemn it because supposedly it would benefit the rich too much.
 

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Donald has published a very progressive tax plan, like we knew he would.

Watch both Dems and Pubs scream.

If it were "progressive," Dems would not be screaming about it. Dems condemn it because supposedly it would benefit the rich too much.
Mike, both parties are progressive. His plan is progressive. The reason Dems are screaming is that he is Republican.
 

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The only objective measure of various tax plans is their effect on net government revenues. Tax rates themselves tend to have a self-leveling effect on tax receipts, but tax policy has a great effect on employment, which can substantially reduce government expenditures (i.e., turning tax eaters into tax payers). In addition, it can help alleviate the growing Social Security imbalance of fewer workers supporting more retirees.
 

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The only objective measure of various tax plans is their effect on net government revenues. Tax rates themselves tend to have a self-leveling effect on tax receipts, but tax policy has a great effect on employment, which can substantially reduce government expenditures (i.e., turning tax eaters into tax payers). In addition, it can help alleviate the growing Social Security imbalance of fewer workers supporting more retirees.
So you are a progressive.
 

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The only objective measure of various tax plans is their effect on net government revenues. Tax rates themselves tend to have a self-leveling effect on tax receipts, but tax policy has a great effect on employment, which can substantially reduce government expenditures (i.e., turning tax eaters into tax payers). In addition, it can help alleviate the growing Social Security imbalance of fewer workers supporting more retirees.
So you are a progressive.

Nope, just a logician.
 

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It's not his tax plan that worries me .
 

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I read the 4 page indept plan, and well the marriage penalty doesn't really apply to those who make under around 90,000, so that is more a benefit for the wealthy.

I could not see exactly what the deductions would be? How about Fica tax? it takes what the top bracket which is what 37 down to 25, yes I'm sure many wealthy will like it, while many poor will say , oh great so easy , no taxes.

Also the wealthy have corps, and take stock options instead of income, and well the corp pays for a lot of things that people who are not incorporated pay for out of pocket, company paid trips and dinners. Also the wealthy make lots of passive income.

Where will the jobs come from now?? Did he say, are we going to return to manufacturing, or make more robots to take over jobs.

So then what stops the state from raising state tax and sales tax?? Where I live we also pay a city income tax based on income.

The wealthy need to pay more in taxes , not less.
 
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FICA taxes should be paid on ALL personal income. It is a huge tax break which skews rational discussion of income tax rates and exempts the wealthy from having to participate in any solution to Social Security's impending insolvency.
 

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If you look over the years, the lowest rate before the depression of 1929 was several years before it,

then we went to 70% right after it and then up to with Reagan by the time he left office was down to 28% , and then Bush raised them

to 31 and Clinton raised them to 39.6 where they are today.

What will happen when those making less than 50 grand pay nothing, and the top pay 25%?

We know how the Republicans love Medicare and SS and food stamps and entitlements. Sounds like
Trump wants to give entitlements to the wealthy.
 

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how anyone feels about his tax plan is irrelevant ... get it through Congress, then feel away.
 

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It baffles me how much the hipsters look over Bernie's horrible way of raising taxes. Trump's plan clearly shows who knows better math and has common sense. Compared to Sanders especially!
 

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Donald is a progressive as I have been saying the past six months or so.
 

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Trump's plan would have more households paying NO income tax than did last year.

So much for the RWnut mantra of 'skin in the game'.
 

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