Can You Afford Donald Trump’s Tax Plan?

See how Trump's tax plan will affect your finances and the U.S. economy.

Donald Trump's tax plan

With the Republican National Convention taking place on July 18 to July 21, Republican presidential candidate and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has big plans for your wallet.

Trump’s tax plan looks to make sweeping tax cuts across every income level. However, his tax plan has raised concerns, mostly owed to the logistics behind how the United States would afford lower taxes without making large cuts in numerous areas of the budget.

Here’s a look at Trump’s tax plan — and what it could mean for your money.

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Who Benefits From Donald Trump’s Tax Plan?

Trump’s tax plan looks to trim the current seven income tax rates into three brackets, 25-20-10, according to a report by the Tax Policy Center, which provides independent analysis of tax issues. The brackets would make a considerable cut to the top rate of 39.6 percent that exists today.

Additionally, Trump’s plan would nearly quadruple the standard deduction of $6,300, raising it to $25,000 for single filers and $50,000 for married couples. He’s also looking to repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

Although Trump’s tax cuts will benefit most Americans, the top 0.1 percent of taxpayers will get the biggest piece of the tax cut pie. Americans making $3.7 million or more per year would see an average tax cut of $1.3 million under Trump’s tax plan. Conversely, Americans in the bottom 20 percent of income would see an average tax cut of $128.

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The Cost of Donald Trump’s Tax Plan

Trump and taxes don’t get along well. Although the Republican presidential candidate is adamant about making cuts, his plan comes at a high cost.

Trump’s plan could reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over 10 years, before accounting for interest costs and macroeconomic effects, according to the Tax Policy Center’s “Analysis of Donald Trump’s Tax Plan.”

Although this deficit could be partially offset by tax revenues from economic growth, Tax Policy Center claimed Trump’s tax policy would require some tax increases and spending cuts.

However, Trump said in an April 2016 Washington Post interview that he could eliminate the United States’ $19 trillion debt in eight years. When asked if he would consider tax increases to solve the debt, Trump said, “I don’t think I’ll need to. The power is trade. Our deals are so bad.”

Without some tax increases, it is unclear how Trump will afford to cut income taxes while eliminating U.S. debt.

Interest Rates to Rise Under Donald Trump

Trump’s plan could drive up interest rates and increase the national debt, offsetting the economic benefits of his tax plan, reported the Tax Policy Center. Higher rates would cut savings and raise borrowing costs for Americans.

So although Trump’s taxes might benefit most Americans in the short term, it comes at a high cost. Without substantial cuts and some tax increases, Trump’s plan could increase the U.S. deficit and drive up rates in the long term.

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About the Author

Lia Sestric

Lia Sestric is a Pittsburgh native and graduate from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Her bachelor’s degree is in Broadcast News. She has written and produced television news stories in the Los Angeles area and Charleston, S.C. In 2012, Lia began to freelance write on the side about higher education and careers for Yahoo! Finance. Lia is now based in the Washington, D.C. area and continues to work on national and local writing contracts. Her work frequently appears on major sites like Yahoo, The Huffington Post, MSN, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, USA Today, in addition to GOBankingRates. 
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