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Call Your MoCs to Say NO to Trump’s Proposed Tax Cuts

Call your MoCs to say NO to the tax cut bill that Trump and the GOP are proposing.

In late September, just as Trumpcare 3.1 was given up for dead, Trump and the GOP unveiled their plans to “reform” the U.S. tax code.

You won’t be surprised to learn that it sucks, and it doesn’t do what Trump claims it does.

If Trump and his minions got their way, they’d repeal the estate tax, which only kicks in for those passing on wealth amounting to $11 million or more.

The bill would raise the lowest tax bracket and lower the highest tax bracket, which means those subject to the lowest bracket would pay more tax and those who qualify for the highest tax bracket would pay less.

The bill also proposes doing away with the provision that allows filers to deduct state and local taxes, which would hurt residents in blue states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

Trump claims that he would not personally benefit from the proposed changes. This New York Times article shows that Trump would receive more than $1 billion extra:

Trump claims the bill won’t benefit the rich. It will, and it would benefit the rich most of all, as these articles show:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/trump-tax-plan-benefit-rich/541584/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/29/gop-tax-plan-would-provide-major-gains-for-richest-1-percent-and-uneven-benefits-for-the-middle-class-report-says/?utm_term=.84caf9acdc67

 

Also consider that the bill would add $2.4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years (funny how Republicans lose interest in this when they’re in power).

And let’s not forget that Trump has yet to release his own tax returns in full, which he promised to do during the 2016 campaign.

 

Please call your MoCs to oppose Trump’s tax bill. Please check their websites and social media feeds before you call to see if they’ve said anything about the bill, and thank or shame them accordingly.

If your Senators include any of the following Republicans, it is extra-important for you to call:

 

Bob Corker, Tennessee

John McCain, Arizona

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Susan Collins, Maine

 

This Bloomberg article explains why:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-29/trump-s-tax-cut-fate-in-the-hands-of-these-six-key-gop-senators

 

Now the script: “Dear Senator/House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to oppose the tax bill being put forward by Trump and the GOP. It would eliminate the estate tax, which is a terrible idea. Part of what makes America America is that we don’t have a landed gentry, like they do in Europe. The estate tax ensures that scourge does not take root here. It also takes away the chance to deduct state taxes, which is insane, and designed to punish blue states in particular. And if it was passed, it’d widen the deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years. Any tax legislation on this size and scale should be revenue-neutral. And lastly, we shouldn’t be taking up plans that would give Donald Trump a tax break without him first revealing his tax returns, as he promised to do. Thank you.”

 

Read more about the tax bill:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/27/the-gop-tax-plan-explained-in-simplest-possible-terms/?utm_term=.f6f408d249d4