Comparison of Two Approaches to Extend Some or All Bush Tax Cuts for All Americans

New Analysis Finds GOP Approach to Bush Tax Cuts would Give Richest 1 Percent of Marylanders 58,340 Per Year More and Give Poorest 20 Percent $100 Less on Average than Obama’s Approach.


Baltimore– Middle-income and low-income Marylanders would pay somewhat more in taxes under the Congressional Republicans’ approach to extending the Bush tax cuts than they would under President Obama’s approach, while high-income Marylanders would pay far less under the Republican approach, according to a new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ). National figures show the same pattern.

“Marylanders need a fair tax system at the federal and state levels that works for all of us, not just the wealthiest among us,” said Kate Planco Waybright, interim executive director of Progressive Maryland.

Under President Obama’s approach, in 2013, the poorest 20 percent of Marylanders would receive an average tax cut of $210 while the richest one percent would get an average tax cut of 19,110. Under the Congressional Republicans’ approach, the poorest 20 percent of Marylanders would receive an average tax cut of 110 while the richest one percent would receive an average cut of 77,450.

The study also finds that in 2013: Of tax cuts that go to Marylanders under Obama’s approach, 2 percent would go to the poorest 20 percent, 10 percent would go to the middle 20 percent, and 9.4 percent would go to the richest 1 percent; under the Republican plan, 1 percent of the cuts would go to the poorest 20 percent of Marylanders, 7.7 percent would go to the middle 20 percent, and 30 percent would go to the richest one percent.

The Bush tax cuts extension outlined by the President would cost one trillion dollars less over 10 years than would making all the Bush tax cuts permanent.

“Both President Obama and Congressional Republicans have proposed to extend far too many of these unaffordable tax cuts,” said Robert S. McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice. “But if we have to choose between the Congressional Republicans’ and President Obama’s approach, however, the President’s proposal is fairer and more responsible.”

The term “Bush tax cuts” refers to income tax cuts and estate tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 and extended several times since then. In 2009, President Obama expanded some parts of these tax cuts that benefit low income and working families. In December of 2010, the President and Congress agreed to extend all of these tax cuts through the end of 2012.

The Republicans in Congress have indicated that they would extend all of the tax cuts first enacted in 2001 and 2003, but not the 2009 expansions for lower income families. President Obama wants to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts only for the first 250,000 a married couple makes annually, or the first 200,000 a single person makes. Obama also wants to extend the 2009 expansions.

The national findings from CTJ and ITEP show that in 2013:

* Under the President’s approach, the poorest 20 percent of Americans would receive an average tax cut of $270 while the richest one percent would get an average tax cut of 20,130. Under the Congressional Republicans’ approach, the poorest 20 percent of Americans would receive an average tax cut of 120 while the richest one percent would receive an average cut of 70,790.

* Of the tax cuts going to Americans under Obama’s approach, three percent would go to the poorest 20 percent of Americans, 9.9 percent would go to the middle 20 percent and 11.4 percent would go to the richest 1 percent.

* Of the tax cuts going to Americans under the Congressional Republicans’ approach, one percent would go to the poorest 20 percent of Americans, 7.4 percent would go to the middle 20 percent of Americans and 31.8 percent would go to the richest one percent of Americans.

The report also addresses the economic effects of tax cuts versus direct government spending and cites Moody Analytics research concluding that government spending is more stimulative by a factor of five, or more, than tax cuts.

The full report is available at http://ctj.org/bushtaxcuts2012.php and shows the specific distribution of the benefits, and amounts of tax cuts, from the two different approaches in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia as well as nationally.

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Progressive Maryland is a grassroots, nonprofit organization of over 20,000 supporters and 50 affiliated religious, community, and labor organizations.  Through research, public education, and direct political action in Annapolis, Washington and communities statewide, we strive to improve the lives of working families in our state (
http://progressivemaryland.org).

Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), founded in 1979, is a 501 (c)(4) public interest research and advocacy organization focusing on federal, state and local tax policies and their impact upon our nation ( http://ctj.org).

Founded in 1980, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan research organization based in Washington, DC that focuses on federal and state tax policy. ITEP’s mission is to inform policymakers and the public of the effects of current and proposed tax policies on ta

 

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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