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Washington, DC—House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) introduced “the mother of all tax bills” today on Capitol Hill.  While the bill contains two welcome tax reforms—AMT repeal and a small corporate rate cut—the massive tax increases contained in the bill would destroy the U.S. economy.

“Charlie Rangel’s tax bill raises taxes on small businesses, middle-class families, pension funds, and Americans doing business overseas—you name it, and Rangel taxes it,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.  “This bill is a clear and present violation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and should be opposed vigorously.”

Rangel Tax Hike Facts: Who Gets Their Taxes Raised?

  • Small Businesses: There are 3.3 million Subchapter-S corporations in America, making them the most popular business form for most mature small businesses.  Rangel’s tax bill increases the tax rate on S-corps by up to 15.3%
  • Middle Class Families: Rangel’s tax hike bill would impose a surtax of up to 4.6% on families making as little as $150,000 per year.  This would result in a top marginal tax rate of 44.2%, the highest level in nearly a quarter century, and higher than our competitors internationally
  • Pension Funds: Rangel’s tax hike would tax investment fund manager investment returns at 44.2%.  Major pension funds invest in these instruments, and would therefore see their worker nest eggs depleted
  • Americans Doing Business Overseas: The U.S. is already the only country that double-taxes international business income.  Rangel’s tax increase will force more companies offshore as they seek to avoid punitive double taxation.