Friday, November 3, 2017

BASTARDS 3: The GOP Tax Bill Has a Hidden 46% Tax Bracket

House Republicans claim the tax plan they introduced Thursday keeps the top individual rate unchanged at 39.6 percent—the level at which it’s been capped for much of the past quarter-century. But a little-noticed provision effectively creates a new band, between $1 million and $1.2, million in which income is
taxed at over 45 percent, reports Politico.

Writes Danny Vinik at Politico:
Thanks to a quirky proposed surcharge, Americans who earn more than $1 million in taxable income would trigger an extra 6 percent tax on the next $200,000 they earn—a complicated change that effectively creates a new, unannounced tax bracket of 45.6 percent...

Here’s how it would work: After the first $1 million in taxable income, the government would impose a 6 percent surcharge on every dollar earned, until it made up for the tax benefits that the rich receive from the low tax rate on that first $45,000. That surcharge remains until the government has clawed back the full $12,420, which would occur at about $1.2 million in taxable income. At that point, the surcharge disappears and the top tax rate drops back to 39.6 percent. This type of tax is sometimes called a “bubble tax,” because the marginal tax rate effectively bubbles up for a brief period before falling back to a lower level.

Also see:

BASTARDS: State and Local Tax Deductions to be Eliminated in Tax Reform

BASTARDS 2: Republicans Propose Lower Cap On Mortgage Interest Rate Deduction

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