Two major edits have been enacted on my tax reforms page. The first major edit involves changes to the policies I'm proposing. This is not a flip-flop, but rather continued analysis and re-balancing of content based on evidence. Key changes are my removal of AMT elimination and the addition of a carbon tax. I still support eliminating AMT for everyone, but as part of a 10 year plan, the loss of revenue, unfortunately, would make other policies more difficult to implement. The second major edit is the inclusion of rough revenue analysis for the majority of the tax reforms I've put forward. The revenue changes are based off the revenue predictions from reputable sources like the Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Tax Foundation, and the Tax Policy Center. None of those sources will be 100% accurate because it's impossible to predict future tax revenue with 100% certainty. But they provide a good start to the discussion points.
Here is the changelog for the page. I share this in the interest of transparency. If desired, the CMS supports versioning so I can back up the changes to prove I'm not trying to swindle anyone
- Added section headers and clickable links for easier on-page navigation
- Added paragraph on Bernie Sanders' tax plan, adjusting text/endnotes accordingly
- Clarified section on sole proprietorship tax exemptions to show that I mean the S Corp tax strategy for avoiding payroll taxes and, thus, paying less than is truly owed
- Removed tiered repatriation rate for a flat 14% rate with a short term 10% rate to encourage quicker compliance
- Lowered Universal Investment Account cap from $50,000 to $30,000 and adjusted math accordingly
- Clarified payroll tax exemption for those 67+ as opposed to anyone taking Social Security at any age. This is to curb the wealthy from taking SS early and keeping income that should go to the payroll tax
- Added point raising Social Security contribution cap to $170,000, balanced out by lower income tax rates
- Clarified the domestic activities production deduction is the Section 199 corporate and individual passthroughs
- Added point barring the deduction of interest on debt until CFC taxes are repatriated
- Added point on the elimination of many fossil fuel preferences (subsidies/deductions)
- Added point on implementing a carbon tax
- Added point on eliminating deductions for state and local taxes
- Added point for repealing "Last In, First Out" inventory accounting methods
- Added point on increasing the tobacco excise tax and tying it to inflation
- Added point referencing miscellaneous reforms to reduce the tax gap (taxes taken in vs taxes owed)
- Added section for revenue analysis, with accompanying endnotes
In short, the plan estimates about $202.8 billion per year in extra tax revenue, or about $2 trillion over 10 years.
This is done while lowering income taxes, corporate taxes, and providing tax incentives to startups/small businesses. I view these as very Republican economic ideals with a number of Democrat aspects, such as a carbon tax, raising the Social Security contribution cap, and eliminating many preferences for fossil fuels. The plan tries to balance out revenue generation with ease of burden to those who need it most. I feel it does so fairly well.
As for what the additional tax revenue could be used for, I will cover that in future updates. Infrastructure and energy policy will be the two major recipients- including build-out of a national gigabit broadband network. All of this can be done over the next 10 years. Once those wheels are rolling, assuming the economy is moving along, growing, and giving opportunity to the lower and middle classes, rates can be changed (possibly lowered) as less revenue may be needed. We'll see.
NOTE - this $2 trillion in additional revenue does not include other reforms I've outlined, such as those for intellectual property reform and healthcare reform, which could save tens to hundreds of billions more over the next 10 years.
Click here to read more about my tax reform policies. Or if you wish to go straight to the revenue analysis, click this link.