"I would guess that most Americans would applaud what the president is doing", Spicer said. And that's the best-case scenario of a conservative economist who worked for a Republican president, and that's if the economy is faltering and a stimulus will effectively spur the economy.
Asked Thursday about the plan's potential benefits to the president and his family, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said taxpayers are more concerned about what the plan would mean for their own tax bills. But Trump's top economic adviser used some bad math to describe the proposal, raising questions.
CRFB estimates that to pay for the plan, USA growth would need to be sustained at 4.5 percent annually, a level not seen on a sustained basis since the late 1960s and early 1970s. These are key Republican goals that would require lawmakers to eliminate or reduce precious tax breaks enjoyed by millions of Americans. Additionally, families will get tax breaks for child and dependent care expenses.
The big challenge for Trump lies in convincing Republican budget hawks to vote for this plan.
Further details will emerge over the coming months, and the administration has signalled they would like to get tax reform legislation completed this year.
California famously has high income tax rates, particularly for the wealthy.
The approach would be different from Trump's earlier plan, which was criticized as an approach that would mostly benefit higher earners.
The median household income in the U.S.is about $55,000, though people living in high-cost areas can make much more than that and still feel like they are in the middle class.
"This is about middle-income tax cuts", the secretary told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
Administration officials acknowledge the plan is a broad brush outline, with specific details yet to be determined. But the administration has yet to determine the income levels for people who would be put in each bracket.
While Apple is the biggest, it doesn't come with the biggest upside from Trump's tax plan.
Repeal the alternative minimum tax: The AMT is an alternative method of calculating federal income tax that runs parallel to the ordinary method.
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Studies of the results of past tax holidays found that most of the offshore cash brought home by USA companies was used to buy back shares or make acquisitions, not to fund investments in production capacity or jobs.
Funding tax cuts of this size would require the USA economy to grow about 4.5% a year over the next decade. More than 88 percent of its benefits go to Americans who earn more than $100,000 a year, according to the Tax Foundation. "We have the most uncompetitive system". The fact is it affects very few estates. Abolishing the federal estate tax would eliminate the taxes his heirs would have to pay on any inheritance. The number of individual income tax brackets would be reduced from seven to three, which would likely lead to a tax cut for people across the board.
The new tax proposal proposes to bring down the corporate tax from the current 35% to 15%, significantly lower individual tax rates, and eliminate several tax rates like the death tax.