Biden’s American Rescue Plan Will Lower Taxes by an Average of $3,000

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The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law last week, includes provisions that will lower Americans’ taxes by an average of $3,000, according to research by the Tax Policy Center.

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The new analysis also estimates that families with children would get an average tax cut of more than $6,000 under the bill.

“Simply in terms of whose taxes are cut, the bill is in stark contrast to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Howard Gleckman, senior fellow at TPC said in an article on the TPC’s website. “In 2021, low- and moderate-income households (those making $91,000 or less) would receive nearly 70% of the tax benefits from the Senate measure. Among families with children, those low- and middle-income households would get nearly three-quarters of the benefit.”

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Gleckman adds that “by contrast, nearly half of the TCJA’s 2018 tax cuts went to households in the top 5% of the income distribution (who made about $308,000 that year).”

The TPC’s analysis also notes that under the TCJA, which was signed into law by Donald Trump, the average first-year tax cut for a low-income household — making $25,000 or less — was $60, or 0.4% of their after-tax income. The average tax cut for the highest-income 0.1% of households (making $3.4 million or more) was $193,000, or 2.7% of after-tax income.

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 By contrast, the analysis shows that under the American Rescue Plan, households making $25,000 or less would receive an average tax cut of $2,800 this year, boosting their after-tax income by 20%. But average taxes would not change at all for a household making $3.5 million. A low-income household with children would get an average tax cut of nearly $7,700, raising their after-tax income by more than 35%.

 “The difference for middle-income households also is striking. The TCJA cut their 2018 taxes by an average of about $930, or 1.6% of their after-tax income. The Senate version of the ARP would cut their taxes this year by an average of $3,350 or 5.5% of their after-tax income,” Gleckman said. “As they say, elections have consequences. And few bills show that contrast as much as the Republicans’ TCJA and the Democrats’ ARP. “

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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