Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

Tax reform, including housing-related tax reform, still has a long road ahead despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief Economic Advisor Gary Cohn revealing the Trump administration's tax plan on Wednesday. But that's not double.

However, he said, "Doubling the standard deduction could severely marginalize the mortgage interest deduction, which would reduce housing demand and lead to lower home values".

But Trump's proposed corporate tax rate cut is much larger than the one in 1986.

But he ducked when asked how the plan would affect Trump, who has refused to release his income tax returns.

A lot of details on President Donald Trump's plan have to be filled in.

MNUCHIN: "This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country". The third possibility is that investors think the chance of Trump's corporate tax cut actually happening is either nil or close to it.

"Individuals, particularly in high-tax states, would see their state tax burdens increase".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer assailed the plan and took a jab at Trump, a wealthy NY real estate developer.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Can you guarantee that no one in the middle class is going to pay more?

Families are promised "tax relief to help them with child and dependent care expenses". But the administration has yet to determine the income levels for people who would be put in each bracket. The one-page outline provided by the White House should not be viewed as a plan, rather we should see it as a beginning of negotiations (after all Mr. Trump has a self-proclaimed love for negotiations).

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Trump calls for eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax, which was enacted in 1969 to prevent high-income people from paying no income tax. Without it, he would have paid just $5.5 million, according to a leaked copy of that year's return. Yet the elimination of most deductions could nudge some wealthier Americans into higher brackets, he says. The top rate now is 39.6 percent.

By withholding his tax returns, Trump has fallen short of the standard followed by presidents since Richard Nixon started the practice in 1969. The real estate magnate might save millions of dollars in his personal taxes because of the changes.

That said, there have been a few very rough forecasts, the most notable one done by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a nonpartisan group focused on reducing federal deficits and debt.

If your parents' estate is worth less than $10.9 million, you don't have to worry about this tax.

And James Nunns, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, says that getting rid of the tax removes the incentive for the wealthy to make charitable contributions. The 15 percent rate would give the rich a giant incentive to route their income through pass-throughs to avoid the much higher 35 percent top rate on individual income.

While not a flawless comparison, an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center of Trump's campaign plan found that the average gains for the top 0.1 percent of earners would be 14 percent of their after-tax income, versus just 1.8 percent for the middle fifth of earners and 0.8 percent for the poorest fifth.

In his desperate quest to do something yoooge, Trump proposes massive tax cuts for businesses and individuals, especially the wealthy. "The truth is that no large margins are left for cutting taxes, and this is true for both Israel companies and global companies originating in Israel, because in considering whether to operate in Israel or the United States when tax rates are the same, there is no doubt that if the reform is approved, many companies will move most of their business, albeit gradually, to the USA".

"Let me just say this isn't about President Trump's tax returns; this is about the American public's tax returns", Mnuchin insisted.

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