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Trump Tax Reform

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On Wednesday April 26, 2017, President Trump outlined his goals and priorities for major tax reform that could have a significant effect on all businesses and individuals.  This one-page summary highlights the key features of the proposed tax reform which the administration is labeling, “The Biggest Individual and Business Tax Cut in American History.”

If you want to hear some detail on who will be the “Winners and Losers” if this proposal becomes law, we discussed it on The STA Money Hour on April 28, 2017.

Below are highlights of the proposal which could have the greatest impact on you!

Individual Tax Reform Proposals:
Lower Individual Rates. 

The current seven individual income tax brackets are collapsed – 35%, 25% and 10%. While it is not clear what income levels will be associated with these brackets, the brackets will likely result in a tax cut for most Americans. The top bracket is reduced from the current 39.6% to 35%.

Changes to Individual Deductions. 

The two most significant proposals would be a doubling of the Standard Deduction and the revocation of state & local tax deduction.  All individual deductions except for the deduction for mortgage interest and charitable contributions would be eliminated.

Estate Tax, Alternative Minimum Tax, and “ObamaCare Surcharge” Repeal.

The plan eliminates the Estate Tax, the Alternative Minimum Tax, and the 3.8% additional Medicare tax added under the Affordable Care Act, aka the “Obamacare Surcharge.”

Business Tax Reform Proposals:

15% Corporate Rate; Also Applied to “Pass Through” Income.

The corporate income tax rate would be lowered from 35% to 15%.  The 15% rate would also be made available to “pass-through” income; i.e. income from S-corporations and partnerships that is paid to the shareholders/partners.

“Territorial” International Tax System.

The US would no longer tax income on a world-wide basis, instead shifting to a “territorial” system (like most of our major trading partners).  There would, however, be a one-time tax on all “offshore” income which has not been repatriated.

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