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A Look at the Ted Cruz Tax Plan


GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

The Ted Cruz Tax Plan: Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz revealed his tax reform plan via a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Wednesday. It went online just ten minutes before CNBC's GOP debate.

Ted Cruz's plan, entitled "A Simple Flat Tax for Economic Growth: A 10% income tax and a 16% business tax would put an end to the Eight Lean Years of Obama," imagines "exports and manufacturing jobs booming, the trade deficit falling, and every American filing his or her taxes on a postcard or iPhone app."

During the debate, Sen. Cruz took an opportunity to outline his tax plan smack in the middle of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's tax outline. Like Paul's, Cruz's proposal involves cutting payroll taxes.

"Also, for a family of four, no taxes whatsoever (income or payroll) on the first $36,000 of income," the Texas senator detailed on Wednesday night.

Here is what else Ted Cruz has in mind…

Ted Cruz Tax Plan: Eliminate $3.6 Trillion in Taxes

Ted Cruz's tax plan includes, for individuals:

  • Consolidation of the seven tax brackets into one bracket
  • Imposition of a 10% flat tax on individual income
  • Increase of the Standard Deduction from $6,300 ($12,600 married filing jointly) to $10,000 ($20,000 married filing jointly) while retaining the personal exemption

And here are the corporate tax changes Cruz proposed:

  • Elimination of the corporate income tax
  • Replacement of the corporate income tax and all payroll taxes with a 16% "Business Transfer Tax"
  • A temporary tax holiday at a 10% rate (as opposed to a full 35% rate) on any "deferred foreign profits that are repatriated" (similar to what Republican presidential hopeful and real estate mogul Donald Trump proposed in his tax plan)

Sen. Cruz's tax reform would be a significant shift from the current tax code. It would eliminate taxes by $3.6 trillion, according to Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, over the next 10 years. However, the plan would reduce tax revenue by $768 billion over that same amount of time when taking into consideration economic growth from increases in the supply of labor and capital.

Tax Foundation said these changes to the current tax code would increase the incentive to work and invest and would greatly increase the U.S. economy's size in the long run. Therefore, Sen. Cruz's plan would eventually result in higher incomes for taxpayers of all income levels.

The biggest caveat, though: The plan would also increase the federal government's deficit by over $3.6 trillion, according to the think tank's calculations.

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The Magic Number Is 14.5: Kentucky senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul first outlined his plan for restructuring the federal tax system in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on June 18. He had a brief shining moment during the CNBC debate to further expand on his tax code reform proposal. Here's what the Kentucky senator has in mind…

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  1. Jon Hanson | October 30, 2015

    Would like to see an analysis of the Cruz plan for a single person, and married no children.

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