Saturday, August 30, 2008

Impact of the Candidates' Tax Proposals

The Tax Policy Center recently released an updated report estimating the deficit impacts of the Obama and McCain tax plans. Due to a lack of detailed information from either campaign, they made some reasonable assumptions about exactly what was being proposed.

The Tax Policy Center reports that:

Compared to current law, TPC estimates the Obama plan would cut taxes by $2.9 trillion over the 2009-2018 period. McCain would reduce taxes by nearly $4.2 trillion


Neither candidate’s plan would significantly increase economic growth unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases that the campaigns have not specified.

Because neither campaign is proposing a fiscally responsible program, I do not feel that I can endorse either candidate in this election. Our children and grandchildren should not be saddled with debts resulting from our large structural deficit. Each generation should pay its own bills.

I did stumble across an interesting calculator estimating the amount of difference that the Obama tax plan would make for a particular taxpayer:
Alchemy Today Tax Calculator

(While most people will receive a tax cut under Obama's plan, a Gallup poll shows most Americans believing that Obama's plan will result in increased taxes for their household.)