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Where the 2016 Republican Candidates Stand On Taxes

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Where the 2016 Republican Candidates Stand On Taxes

  1. Where the 2016 Republican Candidates Stand On Taxes 1
  2. • As of this writing, there are six Republican candidates in the running for the 2016 nomination. • All six have released plans to reform the tax system, but they vary considerably. • Here’s what you need to know about each candidate’s plan. Note: Candidates listed in order of support, according to the latest Quinnipiac national poll. Only candidates with 1% support or greater are included. 2 Text
  3. 1. Donald Trump Trump’s main goals: • Tax relief for middle- class Americans • A simpler tax code • Encourage job growth • Avoid adding to the national debt 3 February 12, 2016 Photo: Gage Skidmore
  4. • Single filers who earn less than $25,000 and married filers who earn less than $50,000 will not owe any income tax. – This removes about 75 million households from the tax rolls. • There will be just four tax brackets, not seven – 0%, 10%, 20%, and 25% • Trump will eliminate the marriage penalty and the Alternative Minimum Tax. February 12, 2016 4 Trump’s specific plans
  5. • No business will pay more than 15% of its income in taxes. • No family will pay a death tax. • Most deductions and loopholes will be eliminated. • The plan allows corporations to repatriate overseas cash at a one-time 10% tax rate. February 12, 2016 5 Trump’s specific plans (continued)
  6. 2. Sen. Ted Cruz • Ted Cruz has one of the more radical tax plans of the candidates. • Essentially, he wants to get rid of the IRS in its current form and dramatically simplify the tax code. 6 February 12, 2016
  7. • The current seven tax brackets will be replaced by a single 10% tax rate. • For a family of four, the first $36,000 will be tax- free. • The Child Tax Credit will remain and the Earned Income Tax Credit will be expanded and modernized. • The payroll tax will be eliminated – rather, Social Security and Medicare will be paid for with income tax revenue. February 12, 2016 7 Cruz’s Specific Plans
  8. • The corporate income tax will be replaced with a 16% flat-rate business tax. • Most people will be able to file their taxes with a postcard or phone app. • There will be no death tax or alternative minimum tax, and loopholes will be closed. • Cruz also wants people to be able to invest a portion of their taxes in a personal account. February 12, 2016 8 Cruz’s Specific Plans (Continued)
  9. 3. Sen. Marco Rubio Rubio’s main goals: • Cut taxes and simplify the tax code • Strengthen American families through tax incentives • Encourage saving and investment 9 February 12, 2016
  10. • There will be three tax brackets (15%, 25%, 35%). • The plan keeps the mortgage insurance and charitable contribution deductions. • The standard deduction will be replaced with a $2,000(singles)/$4,000(married) tax credit. • The marriage penalty and Alternative Minimum Tax will be eliminated. February 12, 2016 10 Rubio’s Specific Plans
  11. • The plan simplifies the higher education tax breaks. • Creates a new $2,500 Child Tax Credit, in addition to the current credit. • Provides tax incentives to employers who provide paid family leave. • Reduces the top corporate tax rate to 25%. • Eliminates taxes on dividends, capital gains, interest income, and estates. February 12, 2016 11 Rubio’s Specific Plans (Continued)
  12. 4. Dr. Ben Carson Carson’s main ideas: • Replace the current tax code with a simple flat tax • Protect low-income Americans 12 February 12, 2016 Photo: Gage Skidmore
  13. • Carson’s plan replaces the current tax code with a 14.9% flat tax. • No deductions, no tax shelters, and no loopholes will be available. • The income tax will only apply to income above 150% of the Federal Poverty Level ($36,375 for a family of four). • Eliminate capital gains, dividend, and interest income taxes at the personal level. February 12, 2016 13 Carson’s Specific Plans
  14. • The death tax will be eliminated. • Deductions will be eliminated, including the following: – Mortgage interest – Charitable giving – State and local taxes February 12, 2016 14 Carson’s Specific Plans (Continued)
  15. 5. Gov. Jeb Bush Bush’s main ideas: • Lower taxes for most Americans • Make the tax code simple, fair, and clear. 15 February 12, 2016 Photo: Gage Skidmore
  16. • Bush wants to reduce the seven tax brackets to three (10%, 25%, and 28%). • 15 million Americans will no longer have any income tax liability. • The plan doubles the standard deduction amounts taken by most filers. • It eliminates the marriage penalty, death tax, and Alternative Minimum Tax. February 12, 2016 16 Bush’s Specific Plans
  17. • The Earned Income Tax Credit will be expanded. • Loopholes for the wealthy will be eliminated. • The corporate tax rate will be cut from 35% to 20%. • Overseas corporate profits can be repatriated at a one-time tax rate of 8.75%, payable over 10 years. February 12, 2016 17 Bush’s Specific Plans (Continued)
  18. 6. Gov. John Kasich • The main goal of Kasich’s plan is to balance the federal budget within eight years. 18 February 12, 2016
  19. • Kasich wants to lower the top tax rate to 28%. • The plan would eliminate the estate tax and would reduce the top long-term capital gains tax rate to 15%. • The top business tax rate would drop from 35% to 25%. February 12, 2016 19 Kasich’s Specific Plans
  20. • For lower-income taxpayers, the Earned Income Tax Credit would increase by 10%. • The deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations would remain. February 12, 2016 20 Kasich’s Specific Plans (Continued)
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