On Monday, April 16—the day before Tax Day—House Ways and Means Committee Chairman (and architect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) penned an excellent piece in USA Today about Americans filing their taxes for the last time under the previous, anti-growth tax code.
In the piece, Brady writes that on Tuesday, April 17, “we Americans file our taxes—for the last time—under the old, broken tax code…Goodbye and good riddance to that outdated, monstrosity of a tax code that took too much of your money, sent our American jobs overseas, and kept our economy so slow many workers didn’t see a pay raise for a decade or more.”
Brady says that, going forward, Americans “should all take comfort knowing that this time next year they’ll file under the new, modern tax code that lowers taxes for families and local businesses—and leapfrogs America to the lead pack among the world’s tax codes.”
What does this mean for you and me? Well, “starting now, individuals and married couples will keep more of their hard-earned money and take home a bigger paycheck,” in the form of “lower tax rates across the board and a standard deduction that has been nearly doubled.” A typical family of four earning the median annual income of $73,000 can expect to see a “total tax cut of $2,059.” And “for a newlywed couple earning $61,000 or less, they won’t pay a cent in federal income tax.”
Brady adds that, under the new tax code, we’re “already seeing more jobs, larger paychecks and new investments in the USA—but the best is yet to come” because the new tax code “no longer runs roughshod over hardworking families or Main Street businesses, but instead embodies the principle that Americans know how to spend their own money better than a bureaucrat sitting in a Washington office.”
“It’s now undeniable that tax reform is boosting the economy, and that American families are already benefiting,” says Brady. “More than 400 companies—and counting—have announced pay raises, bonuses and investments in their workers and businesses,” and “more than 4 million Americans are seeing pay raises and new benefits,” and wages “are growing and unemployment is low—with U.S. jobless claims at their lowest level since 1973.”
Specific to small businesses, Brady says that “thanks to tax reform, we now have lower tax rates for local businesses—including a first-ever small business deduction to protect 20% of their income from taxes.”
This means “small businesses, where almost half of America’s private-sector workforce is employed, will have more money to invest, hire and grow in their community.”
“It should come as no surprise that small business optimism is now at the highest level since 1983,” he adds. No surprise at all!