David Sirota, Josh Keefe, and Alex Kotch, writing at International Business Times, reported that a provision inserted into the Republican tax bill will provide large benefits to former holdout Senator Bob Corker, as well as President Trump. The provision would allow income from real estate investment trusts to be taxed at a 20 percent rate, as opposed to the 37 percent tax rate paid by high income individuals.

According to Corker's disclosure forms, he makes between $1.2 million and $7.0 million annually in this sort of income. (We don't know how much Donald Trump earns in this type of income since he broke his campaign promise about releasing his tax returns after his audit was completed.) If we plug in the top end $7 million figure, Corker could be saving as much as $1,190,000 from this late addition to the tax bill.

By comparison, much has been made of Senator Marco Rubio's effort to change the refundability rules on the child tax credit, thereby giving more money to moderate-income families. According to calculations by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, with this change, a married couple with two children, earning $30,000 a year, will get back an additional $800 a year.

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Source: International Business Times and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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