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H.R.6760 - Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis addresses members of the 183rd Fighter Wing, Springfield, Ill., as well as members of the Illinois house and senate, and local business owners, at a ribbon cutting ceremony for four modernized facilities at the base, May 2.

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting individuals, families, and small businesses.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe the temporary tax cuts made by the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" in 2017 must be made permanent, further adding $631 billion to our nations deficit over the next decade, in addition to the $1.5 trillion already added by the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act".

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe these cuts rather than benefiting working families, would benefit only those wealthy enough to take advantage of the tax breaks. The bill, with a price tag of $631 billion, will further provide incentive to cut federal funding to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, and other vital public services.

The Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act would make permanent several tax provisions enacted under the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," most commonly known as the Republican Tax reform bill enacted in late 2017. These provisions, which were originally set to expire by 2025, would now be permanent.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the provisions made permanent would:
- reduce individual tax rates;
- repeal the deduction for personal exemptions;
- limit individual deductions for state and local taxes;
- limit the mortgage interest deduction;
- double the estate and gift tax exemption amount;
- increase the alternative minimum tax exemption amount for individuals;
- repeal or limit several other deductions and exclusions;
- allow a deduction for qualified business income of pass-through entities;
- exclude from gross income discharges of student loan debt due to the death or disability of the student;
- increase the standard deduction;
- increase and modify the child tax credit; and
- increase the limitation for certain charitable contributions.

The bill also keeps the current personal income tax brackets enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and makes them permanent, instead of expiring in 2025.

Joint Tax Income

10% - $0 to $19,050;
12% - $19,050 to $77,400;
22% - $77,400 to $165,000;
24% - $165,000 to $315,000;
32% - $315,000 to $400,000;
35% - $400,000 to $600,000;
37% - $600,000 and above.

Single filers Tax Income:

10% - $0 to $9,525
12% - $9,525 to $38,700
22% - $38,700 to $82,500
24% - $82,500 to $157,500
32% - $157,500 to $200,000
35% - $200,000 to $500,000
37% - $500,000 and above

Republicans are assuring the legislation is a way to keep the American economy booming.

"Now that the high taxes and uncompetitive regulations are gone, we're on the open highway again. It's critical that we keep this strong momentum going — especially for Americans who were hit hardest by the Great Recession," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said. "That's what the legislation before us today is all about. By making the new code permanent for families and small businesses, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act will keep America's economy booming."

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would increase deficits by about $631 billion over the 2019-2028 period. This would be in addition to the already added $1.5 trillion deficit created by the "Tax Cuts and jobs Act."

Several organizations have come out publicly against the legislation.

"AARP is troubled by the further negative effect [H.R.6760] will have on the nation’s ability to fund critical priorities... Additional increases of this magnitude in the deficit will inevitably lead to calls for greater spending cuts, which are likely to include cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other important programs serving older Americans," announced AARP, a non-partisan organization that represents nearly 38 million Americans.

Tax cuts 2.0 is unfair because it further rigs our economy to benefit the wealthy in numerous ways. Study after study has shown just how much the first round of tax breaks were tilted toward the rich. It’s estimated that 83 percent of the benefits of those tax cuts will go to the top 1%.1 The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that millionaires stand to gain handsomely from those changes, including the provision related to “pass-through” companies where almost a full half of the benefit will go to persons making $1 million or more, with that figure surpassing the halfway point by 2024.2 This when millionaires are only .3 percent of tax filers. H.R. 6760 would make permanent this windfall for the wealthy," stated Lisa Gilbert and Susan Harley from Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, in a letter to Ways & Means Committee.

In a letter to the House of Representatives, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the country's largest and fastest growing public services employees union wrote, the "AFSCME is concerned this tax package, rather than benefiting working families, would provide those so inclined with new excuses to cut federal funding to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, and other vital public services... AFSCME urges you to oppose this misguided, regressive, and unnecessary tax package."

The legislation passed the House with a vote of 220-191 on September 28th, 2018.


Sponsored by: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13].

Cosponsored by: 40 Rep / 0 Dem.

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