"Each of these proposals would result in a massive windfall for the wealthiest Americans and provide nearly no relief to middle-class taxpayers who need it most", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at the Capitol. The original version of the administration's plan had the lowest tax bracket extend up to $37,500 of taxable income for singles and $75,000 for joint filers, which roughly matches up with what the 10% and 15% brackets now cover.
The tax reform plan President Donald Trump touted Wednesday is so vague it is hard to evaluate - and easy to doubt - one of its central claims: that it's a "middle class miracle" because of a combination of new tax credits, rate cuts and deduction changes. If the bulk of corporate taxes fell on workers instead of capital - the rich - the administration would be able to spin a narrative that allows Trump to remain an advocate of the working class, his base.
"When we grow American manufacturing, we don't only grow our jobs and wages - we also grow the American spirit", Trump will say, according to prepared remarks.
He said the tax cut plan was a core element.
"It is the height of hypocrisy".
Mr Pearson has added that Treasury's own modelling shows more than 60 per cent of the benefit of business tax cuts ultimately go to households, which in turn go on to boost the wider economy.
"I believe it's unconstitutional. And it is a pure tax increase". This is why American companies have made controversial decisions to move overseas, settling in countries with significantly lower taxes. "And if you're striving to get in the middle class, there's nothing for you", said Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.
"Under my administration, the era of economic surrender is over and the rebirth of American industry is beginning", he said in a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers.
"I don't benefit. I don't benefit", Trump said Wednesday.
How did our current tax code get so broken and convoluted? It includes many useful and productive steps, especially in the area of business taxation, where it makes the USA a more attractive place to invest for Americans and foreigners alike. "And New Yorkers won't forget". It contains two specific changes created to benefit the middle class - doubling the standard deduction to about $12,000 per person and an expanded child tax credit.
"I think there are a lot of pluses and minuses in the tax overhaul", said Mark Nichols, a certified public accountant.
There's few details on just how much these tax cuts would cost or where the federal government will pull funding from.
"The elimination of the estate tax will only benefit the wealthiest partners who have the biggest estates", Gaulin said. "Taking itemizations away is a prime example of that". While the state's unemployment rate has fallen somewhat more dramatically than the national average, the "higher paychecks" spotlighted by President Trump have not materialized.
Mr Trump's visit will "strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat" and ensure the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, the White House said. Yet even though the proposal provided some information about what negotiations will look like on Capitol Hill, it left out a key piece of information without which no taxpayer can accurately calculate what their tax liability would be under the new plan.