Ron Paul Unveils Tax and Budget Plan

October 25, 2011

Last week, presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) unveiled a tax and budget plan. Titled “Plan to Restore America,” reduces projected federal spending from $16.4 trillion over the 2013-16 period to $11.6 trillion, a reduction of approximately $1 trillion per year. How a President Paul would achieve those savings has been the subject of news coverage since he unveiled it, but his plan also includes a tax component.

The tax plan:

  • Extend the 2001 and 2003 “Bush” tax cuts for all earners
  • Continue to index the Alternative Minimum Tax to inflation
  • Eliminate taxes on capital gains and dividends
  • Eliminate the estate and gift tax
  • Reduce the corporate income tax to a top rate of 15 percent
  • Allow tax-free repatriation of overseas capital

All told, Paul estimates that instead of the federal government collecting an estimated $14.3 trillion over the 2013-16 period, it would under his plan collect $11.1 trillion. Paul balances the budget by 2015.

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