A 15 percent tax rate for corporations, cutting the top individual tax rate from 39.6% to 35%, reducing the number of rates from seven to three and the repeal of a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income are the top priorities in the Trump administration’s tax reform agenda, according to a plan released by the White House today April 26, 2017.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary Cohn confirmed rumors that President Donald Trump is sticking to priorities outlined during this election campaign to slash the current 35 percent corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points.
“We will have a massive tax cut for business and massive tax reform and simplification,” Mnuchin said. “The president is determined to unleash economic growth for businesses."
Another significant change that the White House is proposing is a shift to a territorial tax system under which income earned abroad would not be taxed within the U.S. Under the current worldwide system, U.S. corporations are required to pay taxes on all income, regardless of where it is earned.
Mnuchin and Cohn also reiterated Trump’s campaign wish list to allow for a Repatriation of Corporate Income Stored Overseas.
The standard deduction will be doubled to benefit the middle class. However, this benefit would be greatly diminished if it is accompanied by the elimination of certain personal tax exemptions as well, as it was in Trump’s tax package released on the campaign trail.
Trump’s plan is silent on the controversial border adjusted tax
proposal floated by the House Republicans that is expected to raise approximately $1.2 trillion in revenue by disallowing deductions for import expenses. The BAT has been staunchly opposed by import-heavy retailers
and Trump has waffled on the idea in the past few months, labeling it as too complicated.
Democrats are opposed to such significant tax cuts that they say will benefit the wealthiest at the expense of lower-income people, and so, any tax reform bill introduced in Congress will have to be revenue-neutral without raising deficits beyond a 10-year window so that it can satisfy a Senate rule allowing certain measures to pass with a bare majority.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement that Democrats will oppose any proposal from the president that gives massive tax breaks to “the very wealthy” while exploding the deficit.
The White House administration has said that the tax cuts would be paid for through economic growth, but the Tax Foundation
, a nonpartisan, right-leaning think tank, has said that cutting the corporate income tax rate to 15 percent alone would reduce federal revenues by about $2 trillion over a decade and the economy would have to grow by an unrealistic 5 percent.
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