Studies: Trump tax cuts helped lower income families, Build Back Better helps wealthier Americans

Biden visits United Association Local 27 in Erie, PA promoting his Build Back Better plan (H/t Adam Schultz/Biden for President/Flickr)
Biden visits United Association Local 27 in Erie, PA promoting his Build Back Better plan (H/t Adam Schultz/Biden for President/Flickr)

By , The Center Square

Democrats have argued that the tax reforms implemented through the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) only benefited the rich, and that the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) will help middle-and working-class Americans the most.

But several nonpartisan groups found that the TCJA reduced the tax burden for the middle- and working-class by up to 87% and, they argue, the $2.4 trillion BBBA – before the U.S. Senate this week – would increase taxes on the middle- and working-class by up to 40%.

A new analysis published by the Heartland Institute found that the TCJA reduced the average effective income tax rates for taxpayers in every income tax bracket – but the lower- and middle-class saw the greatest benefits – with the lowest-income filers receiving the largest tax cuts.

 

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