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Here’s how much your taxes could rise under Trump’s new tax plan
President Donald Trump has announced a new tax plan that he believes is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.” During public remarks in Indianapolis on Sept. 27, 2017, Trump promised that his new proposal will “cut taxes for the middle class, make the tax code simpler and more fair for everyday Americans, [… and] bring back the jobs and wealth that have left our country.”
Specifically, the President’s tax plan aims to accomplish a number of tasks, such as:
- Reducing the number of personal income tax brackets from seven down to three — just 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent
- Doubling the standard deduction for married and single filers to $24,000 and $12,000, respectively
- Increasing the child tax credit for children under 17 years old
- Giving a $500 tax credit to those caring for the elderly and other adult dependents
- Cutting the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and cutting small business tax to 25 percent
- Eliminating the estate tax and offering write-offs for companies that move their manufacturing plants to the U.S.
How the New Trump Tax Plan Stacks Up to Trump’s Original Tax PlanIn April 2017, Trump announced his original tax reform plan, and while many of the tenets of his original proposal have remained the same, there have been some changes. Under the new plan, the lowest tax bracket would contribute 12 percent in personal income tax — a small jump up from the previous contribution of 10 percent.
The proposal for the standard deduction for married couple remains the same, but the standard tax deduction for single filers has increased. In addition, Trump has raised his proposed corporation tax rates from 15 percent to 20 percent.
Right now, personal income taxes are broken up into seven tax brackets, but Trump has proposed consolidating the income tax brackets into only three — though his plan allows for the congressional committee to add a fourth bracket for higher incomes. Currently, the top earners pay 39.5 percent in taxes — Trump’s proposal would give high income earners a tax cut, slashing their contribution to 35 percent.