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Steve Mnuchin: No Upper Class Tax Cut

Posted by admin on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Steve Mnuchin Money Quote saying as Treasury Secretary nominee in January of 2017, that the rich would not receive a tax cut, which was then called the ‘Mnuchin Rule‘ on taxes. Steve Mnuchin said:
Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions, so there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class.  There will be a big tax cut for the middle class Quote

“Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions, so there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class. There will be a big tax cut for the middle class, but any tax cuts we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions that pay for it” — Steve Mnuchin


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In this quote, former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is addressing concerns that the Republican tax plan in 2017 would disproportionately benefit the wealthy. He claims that while upper-income taxpayers may see some reductions, these will be offset by limiting certain deductions so the net result is not an “absolute tax cut” for that group.

However, Mnuchin says there will be a “big tax cut” for middle-income earners. His intention seems to be reassuring those worried the plan favors the rich, by arguing the upper class will not see true tax savings due to closed loopholes, while middle-class Americans will owe less.

However, the quote has been criticized by some as misleading given analyses showing the wealthy did see substantial benefits from the tax legislation overall.

Don’t Overlook Tax Deductions

Posted by admin on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Average Time Required for Filing Your Taxes
• Form 1040 • Form 1040A • Form 1040EZ
Estimated time needed for completing and submitting Tax Form 1040 without Professional Tax Preparer 22 hours, including

  • Record Keeping
  • Tax Planning
  • Form Completion
  • Form Submission

$290 average out-of-pocket costs for tax preparation and submission of Tax Form 1040 without a Professional Tax Preparer

You May Want To Hire A Tax Professional If You:

Average Tax Professional Fees For 2011 Tax Season:

  • $233 For an itemized Form 1040 and State Return
  • $128 For Form 1040 without itemized deductions and State Return


Another important reason to hire a tax professional is to catch errors
and keep from missing deductions before you file. The following are
six commonly missed deductions.


  • includes old clothes and other items donated to charities
  • $0.14 per mile to and from a charity where you volunteer
  • Will need to itemize on tax return



  • includes long-term premiums based on your age
  • Medical expenses must exceed 7.5% of adjusted gross income
  • Can deduct 100% if self-employed to extent of net income


  • includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, and supplies
  • Maximum deduction benefit of up to $4,000
  • School should send Form 1098-T for tuition breakdown


  • Categorized under Miscellaneous Itemized Expenses
  • Total must exceed 2% of adjusted gross income


  • Eligible educators can deduct up to $250
  • Includes materials such as books, supplies, and computer equipment
  • Expenses must qualify as “ordinary” and “necessary” by IRS


Average refund amount for 2011 filing season $2,913

Most refund checks will go right into savings or paying off debt, but to get your refund to work for you, consider making decisions that will affect next year’s tax return.
How Taxpayers Spend Their Refund

  • Savings 43.8%
  • Pay Down Debt 39.4%
  • Other 5.2%
  • Vacation 11.3%
  • Major Purchase 12.3%
  • Everyday Expenses 28.7%

Super-Charge Your Refund For Next Year

Creating Tax Deductions

Potential Tax Deduction
Charity and Volunteerism

  • Donating money and/or used clothes
  • volunteering at a non-profit organization

Retirement Fund

  • Adding money roan IRA. SEP. SIMPLE, or solo 401(k) retirement plan. Deduction Benefit Based on individual contributions

Creating Tax Credits

Renewable Energy/ Investment Tax CreditCredit Benefit Potential Tax Credit

  • Geothermal heat pump
  • Small wind turbines
  • Solar Energy Systems
  • Fuel Cells

Lifetime Learning Tax Credit Up to $2,000 30% of total development

  • Take one or more courses at an eligible educational institution.
  • Income must be less than $60,000 or less than 120,000 if married, filing jointly

Learning to be tax smart can save you a little or a lot. Always consult a tax professional for the best advice on how to handle your individual financial situation.

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