Georgia Middle Class Families Will Pay Higher Taxes If Warnock and Ossoff Win

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, 7:45 AM PERMALINK

If Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are elected to the Senate by winning the January 5, 2021 runoff elections, they will rubber stamp the Biden-Harris agenda of higher taxes on the American people.

Joe Biden has promised  $4 trillion in new or higher taxes on the American people and has pledged to repeal the Trump- Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “on day one.” This would raise taxes on middle class Americans all across the country – a family of four with the median annual income of $73,000 will see a tax hike of more than $2,058. 

This means that if Warnock and Ossoff win on January 5th, their first order of business will be to raise taxes on all Georgians by repealing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

Using IRS data from 2017 and 2018, ATR calculated the average decrease in tax liability for various income thresholds thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Families with AGI of between $50,000 and $100,000 saw a tax cut of roughly double that families with AGI of over $1 million received. The breakdown for Georgia is below: 

  • Taxpayers with AGI of between $25,000 and $49,999 saw their average tax liability drop from $2,553.19 in 2017 to $2,312.76 in 2018, a 9.4 percent reduction in federal tax liability.
  • Taxpayers with AGI of between $50,000 and $74,999 saw their average tax liability drop from $5,459.71 in 2017 to $4,829.49 in 2018, a 11.5 percent reduction in federal tax liability.
  • Taxpayers with AGI of between $75,000 and $99,999 saw their average tax liability drop from $8,803.29 in 2017 to $7,675.99 in 2018, a 12.8 percent reduction in federal tax liability.
  • Taxpayers with AGI of between $100,000 and $200,000 saw their average tax liability drop from $17,824.57 in 2017 to $15,881.30 in 2018, a 10.9 percent reduction in federal tax liability.
  • Taxpayers with AGI of over $1 million saw their average tax liability drop from $786,363.64 in 2017 to $737,697.06 in 2018, a 6.2 percent reduction in federal tax liability.
     

Incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have been consistent advocates of lower taxes and limited government. Sen. Perdue voted for the TCJA, which reduced taxes for Georgians across the board. While Sen. Loeffler was not in Congress at that time, she has consistently voiced support for lower taxes and has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer, a written commitment to her constituents to oppose any and all income tax increases.

The distinction is clear – Perdue and Loeffler will fight for low taxes and a strong economy while Ossoff and Warnock will vote for the Biden agenda of higher taxes on all Georgians and Americans across the country. 

Photo Credit: John Ramspott

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