Republicans deny tax plan would hurt many middle-income people

Posted October 03, 2017

This story will be updated as new information becomes available. To ensure that lower income families are held harmless with the elimination of the 10 percent tax bracket, the plan also doubles the standard deduction and boosts the child tax credit. Also helping to boost the dollar, the plan included lower one-time low tax rates for companies to repatriate profits accumulated overseas, which analysts say would lead to a temporary phase of sizable dollar buying.

For other taxpayers, though, the benefits are far more modest or non-existent, the report finds.

This provision benefits only a minority of taxpayers and creates a federal subsidy for expansions of government at the state level. Senior executives - also among the 1 percent - will be big winners as well because their pay and bonuses are usually tied to the value of their company's stock. Literally, a few dollars and cents each week are all most IN taxpayers will receive. "Republican states like Florida and Texas and North Carolina you have a tax cut every year. If you do, you'll never get tax reform", Mulvaney said to Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria and added that this is a reason why the USA has not had serious tax reform in 30 years.

While some details remain up in the air, Trump has proposed three main changes to our tax code. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, groused that "TPC makes a variety of overreaching and unrealistic assumptions about policy decisions Members of Congress still have to make".

But the tech-savvy Quart blog called eliminating state and local deductions a "smart tax reform idea", adding: "The fact that removing the SALT deduction hurts Democratic-leaning states more than Republican ones is part of what might make it politically feasible for Trump and congressional Republicans". This framework will deliver a 21st century tax code that is built for growth, supports middle-class families, defends our workers, protects our jobs, and puts America first. Proponents of the change will argue that the least affluent beneficiaries of the deduction may be sheltered by the GOP plan to increase the standard deduction, which will reduce the number of itemizers.

The Tax Policy Center's analysis was based on an ambitious framework released Wednesday by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that aims to reform the loophole-ridden code and dramatically cut corporate rates, from 35 percent to 20 percent.

With the failure of Republicans to address health care, the GOP Congress hasn't landed a single major legislature acccomplishment on President Trump's desk yet. While this is still a painfully vague aspect of the framework, Republicans seem determined to follow through on Trump's promise to cut taxes for the middle and working classes overall to pay for the tax plan, rather than provide tax cuts for the rich.

NY depends on higher-income earners for a significant share of state revenue to keep the budget balanced. A companion measure is headed for a House vote next week as well.

Without the budget passage, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement, "Democrats will continue to play partisan politics and obstruct our efforts to get our economy flourishing and growing at its full potential". However, many experts say the administration's projections for economic growth are unrealistic. It's also worth noting that cost-of-living differentials in many high-income, high-tax areas mean the definition of "middle class" includes a lot more people with incomes that would be upscale in MS or even Texas.