Massive Trump tax cuts face big hurdles as debt mounts


President Donald Trump plans to propose massive tax cuts for businesses big and small as part of an overhaul that he says will provide the biggest tax cuts in US history. The top tax rate for individuals would be cut by a few percentage points, from 39.6 percent to the "mid-30s", said an official with knowledge of the plan. Trump stayed on the sidelines for most of the debate while House GOP leaders crafted a bill and tried pitching it to fellow members.

Here's a breakdown of what to keep an eye on as the White House and congressional Republicans attempt to push a tax bill through Congress this year.

You can expect more details on President Trump's tax plan this week, but it's not too soon to let your lawmakers know that 401 (k) deductions are an important component of your retirement savings strategy. Trump has said that he still believes a health care overhaul effort that collapsed last month must be completed before the plan to rewrite the tax code can advance. But if changes to the tax code add to the deficit, they would expire after 10 years, adding uncertainty for businesses and possibly hurting economic growth.

On Tuesday, the committee, which is the official scorekeeper for Congress, said the temporary rate cut would reduce tax revenues by almost $500 billion in the first decade, and by a "non-negligible" amount in the years to follow. Trump's campaign tax plan for corporations and individuals would cause revenue to drop by roughly $6 trillion between 2016 and 2026, according to the projections.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation said that a big cut in corporate taxes - even if it is temporary - would add to long-term budget deficits.

"With a federal rate of 20 percent. we would be right around the world average", Edwards said.

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Trump's best numbers came in his work on boosting American business.

Edwards supports the effort to lower the corporate tax rate, and he said fewer corporations would avoid taxes and shift their profits overseas if a lower rate were to be enacted. This again puts the White House's plan at odds with the House's. Trump could also lose support among conservatives concerned about adding to the deficit. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll had 40% of respondents saying they approved of Trump and 54% saying they disapproved.

Small businesses, which include a lot of pass-throughs, worry that Congress will reduce their tax breaks to pay for lower corporate tax rates, but won't lower the top rate for pass through owners and shareholders much, if at all.

Brady will meet with Mnuchin and Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, ahead of Wednesday's announcement. To achieve that, Congress would have to couple tax cuts with ways of raising revenue. While people always like the idea of making it easier to fill out their taxes, they might not like what benefits they'd potentially lose.

"All I can say is, I think it's got a long way to go and it's going to be a hard matter to get through both bodies". "It requires very heavy participation by the administration, because you're not going to have consensus within a single party".

Until Reagan's presidency, the national debt was less than $1 trillion. "And we want to create a system where the average American can do their taxes on a postcard not a major book". "The border adjustment provision isn't just a pay-for, it is about leveling the playing field and taxing all products and services equally".