December 3, 2016

Things wrong with Trump's tax plan

1. Gives huge tax breaks to the rich and corporations, loses $6.2 trillion over 10 yearsand if paid for will require deep cuts to domestic services. 47 percent of the tax cuts will go to the top 1 percent of households; each one will get an average tax break of nearly $215,000 a year. The bottom 20 percent will get a tax cut of $110. Trump's plan will increase the deficit by $7 trillion, unless massive cuts are made to benefits and services that working Americans depend on.

2. Slashes corporate tax rates by nearly 60 percent -- from 35 percent to 15 percent -- losing $2.6 trillion over 10 years.

3. Gives multinational corporations with profits stashed offshore a tax cut of more than $550 billion.

4. Increases taxes on nearly 9 million families while reducing the top tax rate on the wealthy from about 40 percent to 33 percent. Even as taxes would decline a lot for the rich, they would increase for 8.7 million mostly low-and middle-income families with children, including more than half of single parents.

5. Cuts taxes on hedge funds and other "pass-through" businesses by $900 billion -- personally benefiting Trump -- and allows high-wage employees to dodge another $600 billion.

6. Eliminates the estate tax to boost the inheritances of millionaires and billionaires -- which could give Trump's heirs a tax break of billions of dollars.

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