Feb. 6, 2000, while campaigning in Durham, New Hampshire, candidate Bush
explained his philosophy on taxation just about as plainly as a politician can.
there's a recession it's important to cut taxes to make sure the economy grows.
. . . It's also important to cut the taxes where there's times of plenty. . . .
It's important to cut the taxes to make sure Washington, D.C., does not spend
the surplus. . . . This is not only no new taxes. This is tax cuts so help me
God." -- George W. Bush, Feb. 6, 2000
On Dec. 16, 2000, while announcing some new White House staff members,
again vowed to stick by his campaign pledge to cut over $1.6 trillion in taxes
over the next ten years.
How the Bush Tax Plan Would Work
While he strongly supports laws repealing or reducing the
estate tax and marriage penalty, Bush's tax cut plan does not stress targeted tax reduction legislation like education tax credits, or business
tax breaks. Bush says he considers them to be a "way of
governing" through tax reduction, rather that a way of giving "the
people their money back."
To give people their "money
back," Bush plans to do his cutting at the core of the tax code -- the tax brackets.
Those fearsomely fuzzy mathematical calculations that determine how much we pay,
based on how much
much we make.
The Bush Tax Brackets
Under the Bush plan, the tax brackets would be reorganized to the taxpayer's
advantage as follows:
High-income persons, currently paying 39.6 and 36 percent in taxes
would have their tax rate reduced to 33 percent of taxable income.
Middle-income persons, currently paying 31 and 28 percent in taxes would
have their tax rate reduced to 25 percent of taxable income.
Low-income persons, currently paying 15 percent in taxes would have their
tax rate reduced to 10 percent of taxable income.
In addition, the Bush plan would allow all taxpayers to deduct charitable
contributions without itemizing other deductions, and increase the annual contribution limit on Education Savings Accounts from
$500 to $5,000 per child.
Under this plan, say Bush's financial planners, some six million low and
middle-income families will pay no taxes at all.
To compensate the government for revenue lost to tax cuts, Bush's plan would
draw from the budget surplus estimated to reach $4.56 trillion
Enough fuzzy math! What would the Bush tax cut plan mean to you -- in money?
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