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Will Biden Increase the Corporate Tax and More

In 2017, shortly after President Trump was sworn in office, Congress passed, and the president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21%.  Will President Biden reverse the corporate tax cuts and increase capital gains tax by the end of his first term?

During a virtual conference last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that President Biden supports higher corporate and capital gains taxes. 

 If Democrats want to pass new tax legislation, they might have until the 2022 mid-term election to debate, vote, and send the legislation to the president to sign into law.

No Democrats in the Senate voted on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act back in 2017.   The bill passed by a party-line vote of 51 to 48.  With the tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Kamala Harris, they can pass the bill by a party-line vote as well.

 The Effects of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, corporations were doing better than ever. They were spending hundreds of billions of dollars buying back their stocks, and they had plenty of cash on their balance sheet. A few brave CEOs even said that they did not need the tax cuts. 

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act leaves low and moderate-income Americans behind.  Wealthy Americans and multinational corporations are the biggest benefactors of the law. Moreover, the provisions that reduce middle-class American taxes are due to sunset in a few years.

Tax cuts mean lower tax revenues in the federal government coffers.  President Trump added nearly $7.8 trillion to the national debt during his time in office.  The current U.S. National Debt amount is about $23.3 trillion.

Biden’s Tax Cuts

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Biden said that he was open to increasing the corporate tax to 28%, aligning with the world’s ten biggest economies. And taxing long-term capital gains and qualified dividends as the ordinary income tax rate of 39.6%  on income above $1 million. More progressive Democrats want the president to tax wealth and financial transactions, but centrist Democrats and moderate republicans might support those tax hikes.  The current long-term capital gains tax rate can be as high as 20%.

Top 10 Economies & Corporate Tax Rate

Country  Corporate Tax Rate
United States 21%
China 25%
Japan 23%
Germany 15%
United Kingdom 19%
France 28%
India 15%
Italy 24%
Brazil 34%
Canada 9%

If President Joe Biden and Democrats want to increase the corporate and long-term capital gains taxes, they might have until the mid-term elections to do so.

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