GOP plan to end “Death Tax” means the billionaires will be overjoyed, while the rest of us pay the bills
Tuesday, 4/4/17: examining entire fake “Russian Dossier” on Donald Trump!
Estate tax percentages have varied in recent history, ranging from 55% in 2000 under George Bush #1 to 35% under Barack Obama and now 40% under Donald Trump. The GOP wants it to be zero.
Currently, couples with less than about $11,000,000 pay no estate tax. On amounts above that, the government takes 40% for taxes. The history of the estate tax revolves around the desire for fair taxation of the richest Americans to pay for public programs.
Eliminating the estate tax will aid any couple who die with more than $11 million (current deduction), and the GOP argues that this would affect many small businesses, which would have to sell land or equipment to pay the tax.
I have an idea that should please the GOP and still maintain some sanity in our progressive tax system. This is in addition to the 123 Plan, which easily adds $54 billion in revenues to the federal budget this year.
Only apply the estate tax to those whose estates are $1 Billion or more, but raise the rate to Bush #1 rate of 55%.
That would generate $1,514,425,000,000, or $1.5 Trillion that the rest of us won’t have to pay in income and other taxes. This revenue is calculated by taking the total current Forbes wealth of all American billionaires and assuming they will die someday and have to pay the estate tax.
If there is no estate tax, they will avoid $1.5 trillion in taxes.
Who are these billionaires. Check the list Continue reading →
Trump financials detail his vast business holdings; reducing value of studying individual tax returns
While the study of tax returns may have meaning for individuals, it has far little information than the assets and liabilities of a business. I learned this in the process of buying and selling newspaper companies in the 80s and 90s.
Donald Trump’s holdings are vast, and they are so diversified that any analysis of how each of hundreds of corporations makes a profit, would take yards of paper and millions of entries.
But Trump’s required election bid financial disclosure form shows how his empire works and could provide many hours of conjecture. Continue reading →
Healthcare.gov has my email address, because I once searched for plan information on the site, and now the artificial intelligence – or just perhaps an algorithm – has decided to pester me to sign up or pay a penalty. Having fooled the system (because I can’t get Obamacare since I passed my 65th birthday), I checked some prices to see the cost of plans for my neighbors, assuming a family of two parents and two teenage children.
It’s not a pretty picture. Without premium subsidies, all of the so-called Obamacare Bronze plans cost about $900 a month, or $10,800 a year. All of them have a deductible of about $12,000, which adds up to a total cost of $22,800 – before you receive one penny of health insurance. It’s all on you – just put pennies in the jar each January and set aside 2,280,000 as your personal Copper plan. Actually, someone should call the coppers for allowing such a ripoff junk health plan.
The missing ingredient in this analysis is that the government (middle class taxpayers) provides a subsidy to our average $50k-a-year household of four, amounting to $800 or so per month. That money goes directly to the insurance company. You pay the difference in premiums and you also pay all that $12,000 deductible. It seems insanely expensive – between contributions from taxpayers and subscribers – and some might say a windfall for insurance companies, a deal that was negotiated by Chicago’s current mayor under assault, who is also a former investment banker.
The Democrats may have bowed to the healthcare industry, prostrated their principles, humiliated party members, destroyed the President’s legacy and may even made Valerie Jarrett unhappy, but things might get even far worse.