In his first 100 days as president, Donald Trump has vowed to significantly revamp the U.S.’ tax code.
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Among its many changes, the Donald Trump tax plan will provide large tax cuts for the middle class, simplify the tax code, and reduce the corporate tax rate.
Here’s a closer look at the key elements of the Donald Trump tax plan…
How the Donald Trump Tax Plan Will Affect Personal Tax Rates
Under Trump’s tax plan, low-income Americans will have an effective income tax rate of 0%. Although, Trump’s tax plan hasn’t yet defined the requirement for being a part of the “low-income” bracket.
The rates for married-joint filers will be cut down into three brackets from seven. Here are their rates:
- Those making less than $75,000/year: 12%
- Those making more than $75,000/year but less than $250,000: 25%
- Those making more than $225,000: 33%
The brackets for signal filers are one-half of these amounts.
These tax rates represent a substantial decrease from current levels. For instance, those currently married making less than $75,000 a year have to pay a tax rate of at least 15%, with those making less than $18,550 having to pay a rate of 10%.
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Additionally, those making more than $225,500 will have their rates cut to 33%. Right now, they pay in a range of 33% to 39.6%.
Trump’s plan will also increase the standard deduction for joint filers to $30,000 from $12,600. The deduction for single filers will be raised to $15,000 from $6,300. Lastly, the Trump plan will limit itemized deductions at $200,000 for joint filers and $100,000 for single filers.
How Donald Trump Tax Plan Will Affect Corporate Taxes
The United States has the third-highest marginal corporate tax in the world among industrialized nations, according to the Tax Foundation.
Under Trump’s tax plan, he would lower the U.S. corporate tax rate to 15% from 35%. The rate would be available for all businesses – no matter their size.
In addition, the Donald Trump tax plan allows for a one-time repatriation of offshore profits at a rate of 10%. According to a March report from the Citizens for Tax Justice, Fortune 500 corporations hold some $2.4 trillion of profit offshore. One of the main reasons corporations keep a stockpile of profit overseas is to avoid the U.S.’ crushing corporate tax.
But those aren’t the only two places the Donald Trump tax plan will have a major impact. Here’s what his plan means for your investments…
How Donald Trump Tax Plan Will Affect Capital Gains Taxes
The Trump tax plan will keep the existing capital gains tax rate, with a maximum rate of 20%. As a reminder, the capital gains tax is for the profit of assets, such a stocks, bonds, property, or precious metals.
In addition, “carried interest,” which is the income flowing to the general partner in an investment fund, will no longer be taxed at the capital gains rate. Trump’s plan will treat carried interest as regular income.
Lastly, Trump will eliminate the 3.8% tax imposed on investment income from the Affordable Care Act.
How Trump Will Affect the Way You Pay Your Taxes
As mentioned earlier, Trump would drastically simplify the U.S. tax code, which is currently split into seven different income brackets. His tax plan will have just three tax brackets, which will make filing your taxes much easier.
The Bottom Line: Trump has never been too big about details, so there’s still a lot to be revealed about his tax plan. So far, however, we can see that he wants to reduce personal and corporate taxes significantly.
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