PolitiFact: Tax cuts for the rich, hikes for middle class?

Posted at 6:31 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 19:31:11-05

Republicans are making big promises that the middle class will see tax cuts.

So why are some Democrats saying taxes will go up not down? PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at the numbers.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is not a fan of the GOP tax plan. In fact, no Democrats voted for the House or Senate plan.

The Milwaukee Democrat's biggest gripe is over who gets what.

"She says that under the House tax bill millionaires and billionaires would get permanent tax cuts, but that all households in the middle-class would eventually see a tax increase," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

PolitiFact Wisconsin says there's no universal definition of middle class and the richest do benefit from tax cuts that permanent.

So what about the middle class?

"What we found for middle-class families is there is one provision that is temporary," said Kertscher. "But even with that, over the 10 years of the tax bill most middle-class households would see lower taxes in each of the next 10 years compared to current law."

PolitiFact Wisconsin points out that there's no final version of the GOP plan. The House and Senate still have to vote on a final version.

"It's important to remember that it's unclear exactly which provision is in the bill that Congresswoman Moore voted against will ultimately be in the final legislation," said Kertscher.

The Truth-O-Meter ranges from Pants On Fire to True. PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Moore's claim Half True.