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December 16 2017, 04:51 | Clarence Walton
President Trump meets at the White House with a bipartisan group of lawmakers about tax reform
In a meeting at the White House on Tuesday with Republican and Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Trump said his administration's tax proposal to be unveiled on Wednesday would be "a very, very powerful document".
Republican leaders have acknowledged that the plan, if enacted, initially would add to the budget deficit. They have also deliberated on cutting taxes that are levied on sole proprietorships.
They've agreed on the framework for the tax overhaul, while committees will have some flexibility to fill in the details. The MID is a $70 billion annual tax expenditure that primarily benefits higher income households - a significant amount of the benefit of the MID goes to the top 1% of earners in the country. That's not as low as Trump wanted, but is still a big reduction, to the lowest top rate since 1940.
It also "ends the perverse incentive to keep foreign profits offshore by exempting them when they are repatriated to the United States".
"To prevent companies from shifting profits to tax havens, the framework includes rules to protect the US tax base by taxing at a reduced rate and on a global basis the foreign profits of USA multinational corporations". During the campaign, Mr. Trump said overhauling the tax code would raise economic growth to 4 percent. "I think Americans are going to be against it. Americans dislike - 70 percent - tax breaks for the rich, tax breaks for wealthy corporations that just use the money for stock buybacks and dividends", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told NBC.
For individuals, there is much less clarity. It will be left to Congress to create safeguards that prevent wealthy individuals from incorporating as pass-through businesses, which would tax their income at a lower rate. But Congress still must determine what the income levels are for those brackets.
The new top tax rate for small businesses will be 25 percent.
The plan would collapse the number of personal tax brackets from seven to three.
Republicans are divided over the potential of elimination of some of the deductions.
Cuomo has called the elimination of the state and local tax deduction tax a "death blow" to NY by putting the state at a terrible competitive disadvantage.
Limit the deductibility of interest.
The administration said it was eliminating most individual credits and deductions, and touted the near-doubling the standard deduction from $6,350 as of 2017 to $12,000 for a single person, and from $12,700 as of 2017 to $24,000 for a married couple.
Almost seven in 10 tax filers claimed the standard deduction in 2013, the Tax Foundation said. Among those that would remain are the prized tax credit for research and development and the low-income-housing credit, which many Democrats support.
The president is expected to say that his plan will restore a competitive advantage for US businesses and create more jobs and higher wages for American workers.
"At first glance the policies released today are good news to the American people", Walker wrote in a statement. Trump's plan does not specify a tax rate, leaving it to Congress. Kevin Brady who is a Texas Representative says that the reforms will result in the lowest tax cuts in modern business history.
Jenkins, who serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said she has been working for years to reform what she calls the "broken tax code", in order to make it simpler and fairer. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen.
The personal exemption, now at $4,050, will be eliminated under the White House's tax plan.
He went on to say his administration is working on tax cuts and reform that are aimed at creating jobs in the USA for citizens.