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Congressman Ross: Tax Reform Helps American Families and Businesses, Strengthens Economy

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Washington, November 2, 2017 | J.P. Freire (202-225-0782) | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As House Republicans released a tax reform plan that will provide relief for American families and businesses, U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, lauded the effort as a historic opportunity.

“Floridians deserve a tax code that allows them to take care of their families, set their own priorities, and grow their businesses,” said Congressman Ross. “With this tax reform bill, we have taken a serious step forward to provide relief and reform that works for all Americans.”

Highlights of the proposal:

Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local property taxes up to $10,000.
Protects Floridians who rely on the ability to deduct property taxes.

Lowers Rates for Individuals and Families
The framework shrinks the current seven tax brackets into three – 12%, 25% and 35% – with the potential for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the wealthy do not contribute a lower share of taxes paid than they do today.

Doubles the Standard Deduction and Enhances the Child Tax Credit
The framework roughly doubles the standard deduction so that typical middle-class families will keep more of their paycheck. It also significantly increases the Child Tax Credit.

Eliminates Loopholes for the Wealthy, Protects Bedrock Provisions for Middle Class
To provide simplicity and fairness the framework eliminates many itemized deductions that are primarily used by the wealthy, but retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as tax incentives for work, higher education, and retirement security.

Repeals the Death Tax and Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
The framework repeals the unfair Death Tax and substantially simplifies the tax code by repealing the existing individual AMT, which requires taxpayers to do their taxes twice.

Creates a New Lower Tax Rate and Structure for Small Businesses
The framework limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25% - significantly lower than the top rate that these businesses pay today.

To Create Jobs and Promote Competitiveness, Lowers the Corporate Tax Rate
So that America can compete on level playing field, the framework reduces the corporate tax rate to 20% – below the 22.5% average of the industrialized world.

To Boost the Economy, Allows “Expensing” of Capital Investments
The framework allows, for at least five years, businesses to immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments, giving a much-needed lift to the economy.

Moves to an American Model for Competitiveness
The framework ends the perverse incentive to offshore jobs and keep foreign profits overseas. It levels the playing field for American companies and workers.

Brings Profits Back Home
The framework brings home profits by imposing a one-time, low tax rate on wealth that has already accumulated overseas so there is no tax incentive to keeping the money offshore.

More information about tax reform can be found at FairandSimple.gop.
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