The House Republican tax reform plan has been released. Here are the highlights:
The top individual rate for high-income earners will stay at 39.6%
The corporate rate will be cut to 20%
Tax brackets will go from seven to four: the rates will be: 12, 25, 35 and 39.6%
The standard deduction will increase for single filers to $12,000 and joint filers to $24,000 , so that those filers below those thresholds will pay no income tax.
The child tax credit will increase from $1,000 to $1,600 per qualifying child. There will also be a new family credit (considered an expansion of the child tax credit) that provides a $300 credit for each parent to help with everyday expenses.
The mortgage interest deduction remains fully intact for currently existing mortgages. In contrast, those purchasing a home in the future will only be allowed to deduct interest paid on the first $500,000 of the total cost of their mortgage.
Retirement incentives for 401(k)s and IRAs remain unchanged.
The estate tax will be fully repealed but not for six years. Between now and then, In the interim, the estate tax exemption will double.
A deduction for state and local property taxes will be capped at $10,000.
Once the House Ways and Means committee begins to gather feedback , changes will inevitably be made with a hopeful time frame of Thanksgiving for a final bill and vote.