December 10, 2019

Taxes, Democrat Style

“The Democratic candidates for President are promising a smorgasbord of new taxes, but why wait until 2021? Last week Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and Virginia Congressman Don Beyer unveiled the Millionaires Surtax Act, a plan to soak the top 0.2%.

The bill would put an extra 10% tax on individual income above $1 million, or $2 million for married couples. This surtax would apply regardless of the income’s source—whether from long-term capital gains, currently taxed at a top rate of 20%, or wages, taxed at rates up to 37%. The legislation’s backers say it would raise $635 billion over a decade, citing an estimate by the left-leaning Tax Policy Center.

Messrs. Van Hollen and Beyer would effectively lift the top tax rate on income to 47%, plus there’s the 3.8% ObamaCare surtax on investment income. Tax rates haven’t been that high in decades. Before Ronald Reagan’s big tax reform in 1986, the top rate was 50%. Since then it hasn’t broken 40%.

The loopholes were also bigger and more numerous then. Reagan’s 1986 law, for example, phased out the deduction for interest on credit cards and car loans. President Trump’s 2017 tax reform narrowed the interest deduction for homeowners, so only the first $750,000 of a mortgage is now eligible.”

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