Publication Date: December 2007
Publisher: Tax Policy Center
Author(s): Leonard E. Burman; Greg Leiserson; Jeff Rohaly
Research Area: Banking and finance
Keywords: Economy; Federal Budgets & Fiscal Policy; Income and Wealth Distribution; Tax Policy
Republican Presidential Candidate Fred Thompson has announced a tax plan that combines tax cut extensions, additional tax cuts, and an election to pay tax under a new alternative tax system that would substitute a larger standard deduction for all current deductions and credits and have two rates of 10 and 25 percent. Thompson's plan would reduce federal revenues by $6-7 trillion over ten years, amounting to a reduction of almost 20 percent below current projections, and would be highly regressive. This article describes the proposed changes in the individual income and estate tax and examines their implications for revenue and the distribution of tax burdens.
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