Americans for Tax Fairness has just published “Nine Terrible Things About the Republican Tax Plan.” All are good reasons for you should get on the phone with your member of Congress and tell them to vote against this travesty of a tax bill.
The number to call is 877-795-7862. If a staff member of your senator or representative asks you why you oppose the Trump/Republican tax plan, here are some facts you can cite:
1. It prioritizes corporations over health care.
2. It puts Wall Street over seniors.
Hedge funds, law firms, and real estate companies like Trump’s get a $448 billion tax cut from the drop (from 39.6% to 25%) in the top tax rate for “pass-through” businesses. The Republican budget cuts Medicare by $473 billion.
3. It is a real jobs killer.
By slashing the tax rate on foreign profits, the plan encourages multinational corporations to outsource more jobs and shift more profits offshore.
4. It hands a $500 billion tax cut to offshore tax dodgers.
American corporations already have $2.6 trillion in profits stashed offshore on which they owe $750 billion in US taxes. Rather than make them pay what they owe, like all the rest of us do, the tax plan will charge them only $220 billion — over a half-trillion-dollar discount.
5. It makes the middle class pay more.
The plan repeals the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes (SALT). One-third of taxpayers making $50,000-$75,000 use this deduction, as do half of those making $75,000-$100,000.
6. It helps Donald Trump pay less.
The plan repeals the alternative minimum tax (AMT), losing almost $700 billion. Without the AMT, Trump would have paid just a 4 percent tax rate on $153 million in income one year. But thanks to the AMT, he paid $38 million for a tax rate of 25 percent.
7. It lets Ivanka and her siblings save billions.
In six years the bill repeals the estate tax, which will cost $170 billion. The Republican budget cuts education, job training and social services by $200 billion. Under the tax bill only estates worth at least $11 million would pay the estate tax. (That’s double the current threshold of almost $5.5 million.) If Trump is worth the $10 billion he claims, his heirs could inherit billions tax free.
8. It breaks Trump’s promise to close the “carried interest” loophole.
Remember when candidate Trump said “the hedge fund guys are getting away with murder” with this Wall Street tax break? This plan keeps it in place.
9. It adds $1.5 trillion to the national debt.
The bill includes $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that are not paid for by closing loopholes used by the wealthy and corporations. This will balloon the deficit and further endanger funding for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and more.
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