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Mullin: GOP Tax Plan Gives Middle Class "Significant" Tax Cut

09 Octobre 2017

Marshall Steinbaum: The basic thrust of the proposal is more of the same right-wing tax policy that we have been seeing play out over the last 40 years.

The idea that the plan's comparatively meager tax cuts for the middle class would, in any way, allow them to dramatically change their lives is preposterous. From what we've been given, though, we can surmise at least a few takeaways. But the current usa tax code affects behavior too much.

For instance, taxpayers in three zip codes - Short Hills' 07078, Far Hills' 07931, and New Vernon's 07976 - took more than $100,000 in SALT deductions on average in 2015. Republicans are right that the country needs comprehensive tax reform. This critique appeared to fit the the 1960s, as well as Japan and much of Europe at various times in the second half of the 20th century. The new proposal would make the tax code substantially simpler and more transparent than the status quo. They also say the deduction is unfair because lower-income Americans rarely benefit from it - only about 10% of filers who make under $50,000 claimed the deduction in 2014.

MS: There is no gap whatsoever on economic issues between Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

The Tax Policy Center is a joint project of the left-leaning Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute that the media routinely labels "nonpartisan". It is well known that the USA has the highest statutory corporate tax rate among advanced economies.

The states that have the most to lose from a key provision in the Republican tax plan are joining forces to make their case. The proposal makes America more competitive from an global business perspective, and strongly incentivizes investment over the next five years. One of the big pieces to the renovation is the proposal of profound cuts to both individual and corporate tax rates.

In 1986, Congress cut the corporate tax rate from 46 percent to 35 percent, making the US corporate tax rate one of the lowest rates in the world. This all adds up to a better tax code and faster economic growth in just a decade. "That's the only reason you're going so wild". A third aspect will be the cost that this reform will contract. Middle-class incomes would get a boost of only 1.2 percent. Company tax should be immediately returned to 49%, the level it was until the Hawke-Keating Labor government began cutting it in 1988.

Senator Bob Corker, who has said he will retire at the end of his current term, has been voicing concerns that the tax overhaul could add to the federal budget deficit. Although the tax reforms seem promising, Trump's staff must work diligently to ensure the tax reforms benefit middle-class Americans.

Plus, this administration and every other administration that's pushed tax cuts since the JFK years has wanted to spur economic growth from the tax cut, not just tax savings. Furthermore, should dependent exemptions be eliminated, single parents could wind-up paying 10 percent more in annual taxes than they now pay!

Michael Steele, a former national GOP chairman, sees Bannon leading working-class voters toward a new party of economic populism.

This creates a hard policy decision for many in Congress.

Even understanding all of these caveats, many would still argue an emphatic yes. He was our voice, which was silent the past eight years.

White House officials and GOP proponents have promised that the eventual plan will result in a tax cut for those families - a "historic" tax cut, according to Trump.

The corporate tax system is also a mess. Corporate tax reform provides the working class exactly what they wanted when they voted for Trump: jobs.

President Trump has been dealt a very bad hand when it comes to the federal fiscal situation.

This is more than all the debt accumulated since 2005 in the Bush and Obama presidencies including the great recession.

Truman's war debt was temporary; Trump's structural debt is not. Austerity isn't going to balance this budget, and it sure won't create jobs. Congress has not approved significant changes to the tax system since 1986, at the height of President Ronald Reagan's popularity and after extensive hearings and deliberations.

For the Democrats this reform would go against the statutes of the budget of the Chamber, because a deficit of 1.5 trillion dollars is simply indisputable.

King indicated at Thursday's meeting that he's willing to compromise on keeping the elimination of SALT in the final tax blueprint, but only if it's eradicated for those in the upper income bracket. (Deducting property taxes, which Trump also wants to kill, reduces revenue by another $36 billion.) So he's saying that a high-tax state benefits more from this provision than a low-tax state, and in effect gets more back from the federal government than low-tax states.

Mullin: GOP Tax Plan Gives Middle Class