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Waiter, Can We Have the Bill Please? Republican Tax Reform in One Chart


On Tuesday, 20 December, the Conference Agreement on House Resolution 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Republican tax bill, was passed by the US Senate just hours after it had been approved by the House of Representatives. In the next few days, the bill will be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

During the last few months, many different versions of the bill have been circulated, so one can be forgiven for not knowing the exact details of the tax overhaul. Even some lawmakers like Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee admitted they had not read the bill. The result? Corker was “shocked” to learn a provision that would enrich him and other real estate magnates had been slipped into the final version of the bill.

So for everyone who has not read the bill in full, here is a concise summary of the costs and benefits of the Republican tax legislation in one chart. It compares the benefits of the tax bill, as measured in higher economic growth, as calculated by the Tax Policy Center, with the anticipated costs in higher budget deficits, as projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The Republican Tax Bill in One Chart

The Republican Tax Bill in One Chart

Source: Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Tax Policy Center, Fidante Capital

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Joachim Klement, CFA

Joachim Klement, CFA, is a trustee of the CFA Institute Research Foundation and offers regular commentary at Klement on Investing. Previously, he was CIO at Wellershoff & Partners Ltd., and before that, head of the UBS Wealth Management Strategic Research team and head of equity strategy for UBS Wealth Management. Klement studied mathematics and physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, and Madrid, Spain, and graduated with a master’s degree in mathematics. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in economics and finance.


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