- Alex Seitz-Wald and Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News
NBC News reports on the introduction of the GOP tax legislation that kick-starts an aggressive timeline to pass tax reform before the end of the year. According to a summary of the plan, the bill would reduce the number of tax brackets, raise the standard deduction for individuals and married couples, cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, eliminate the estate tax after six years, repeal the deduction for state and local income taxes, limit the deduction for property taxes to $10,000, and expand the child tax credit to $1,600, among many other items designed to reform America’s tax code. Seitz-Wald and Caldwell report that Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) said passing the bill would be a way to “show the American people that the GOP can deliver on its promises,” while House Speaker Paul Ryan stated the bill will save “a typical family of four as much as $1,182 a year.”
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