President Donald Trump lies a lot—especially about the Republican tax plan—but during a Friday morning scrum with reporters on the White House lawn, Trump accidentally told the truth.
Asked about the GOP tax bill, which is expected to hit the floor of the House and Senate for a final vote early next week, Trump said: “I think we’re doing very well, it’s something that’s going to be monumental. It will be the biggest tax increase—or tax cut—in the history of our country.”
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Even if it was just a slip of the tongue, Trump’s characterization of the GOP tax bill as the “biggest tax increase” in American history is accurate, according to some analysts.
As The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim noted in an analysis earlier this month, the GOP tax bill is “routinely referred to as a $1.5 trillion tax cut. And, in some ways, that’s true: On net, it would reduce the amount of taxes collected by the Treasury by about $1.5 trillion over 10 years.”
However, “that figure masks the eye-popping scale and audacity of the GOP’s rushed restructuring of the economy,” Grim adds. “[The bill,] properly described, is two things: the largest tax cut—and also the biggest tax increase—in American history.”
This tax increase, as research by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has found, would primarily be shouldered by low-income and middle class Americans. Additionally, while the GOP bill would give corporations permanent tax cuts, many of the cuts for middle class and low-income Americans would expire after a decade.
As Common Dreams reported on Wednesday, House and Senate Republicans reached a backroom “deal” that tilts the benefits of their bill even further toward the wealthiest Americans by reducing the top marginal tax rate from from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.
“Overall, in 2027—when only the corporate tax cuts, slower inflation measure, and individual mandate repeal would remain in place—the Senate bill would, on average, raise taxes or reduce federal expenditures for households with incomes below $75,000 by about $60 billion—while still giving large tax reductions (through its corporate tax cuts) to those at the top,” noted CBPP’s Chuck Marr.