The White House shared its long-awaited tax plan on Wednesday in an unimpressive one-page rollout that offered few details as to how the administration intends to overhaul the federal tax code.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin only provided the press a one-page proposal of the Trump administration's plan. In the 227-word memo, the White House said that one of President Donald Trump's goals for tax reform is to "simplify our burdensome tax code."
For individual tax reform, the Trump administration offered three bullet points that it claims will help accomplish the biggest individual tax cut in "American history."
- Reducing the 7 tax brackets to 3 tax brackets for 10%, 25% and 35%
- Doubling the standard deduction
- Providing tax relief for families with child and dependent care expenses
After reviewing the White House's memo, Lily Batchelder, former chief tax counsel of the Senate Finance committee, tweeted that the plan was "immensely costly and regressive."
Most people could not help but marvel at the "skimpy" press release the administration tried to pass as an actual tax plan.
Binyamin Appelbaum, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times, noted that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that 100 people in his department helped prepare the tax plan rollout.
Mnuchin said 100 people at Treasury worked on this. That's a ratio of roughly one person for every two words. And it only took them 97 days. https://t.co/pAwqQ0H5vZ
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) April 26, 2017
But even Republicans on Capitol Hill remained unimpressed.
"It's not tax reform," one senior GOP aide told CNN. "Not even close to reform"
As far as the tax plan's real-world implications, critics are concerned that it will only benefit the upper class. Working Families Party national director Dan Cantor promptly released a statement Wednesday condemning Trump's plan.
“ Donald Trump may call it tax reform, but in reality his proposal is a radical redistribution of wealth upwards, where the rich get richer and working Americans get left behind. It is theft in the name of governance," the statement said. “The plan is meant to starve the society of our most basic collective needs, so that later, they can denounce the government for failing.”
Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_ MORE FROM Taylor Link • FOLLOW taylorlink_
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