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Editorial: Rubio-Lee Tax Plan Grows The Economy And Lifts Incomes Across The Board

Apr 8, 2015 | NOTICIAS

Everybody talks about tax reform but nobody ever gets around to doing something about it. Now two Republican senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah, have introduced a proposal that embraces both pro-growth and pro-family concerns and simplifies the mess that is the current federal tax code. It’s a start.

They would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate, the highest in the industrialized world, to a globally competitive 25 percent, and eliminate taxes on capital gains, dividends and interest. The Rubio-Lee plan would move the United States to a system of territorial taxation, with corporate profits taxed only once, when and where the profits are earned, rather than twice, and would enable full business expense deductions.

The proposal would further repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax, create a new $2,500 child tax credit, reduce the number of tax brackets to two and put the top personal rate back where it was when Mr. Obama took office. All deductions, except for mortgage interest and contributions to charities, would be replaced by a $4,000 tax credit for couples.

This is a bold answer to the public cry that somebody ought to do something about the tax code that Jimmy Carter denounced as “a disgrace to the human race.” This should spark serious debate among the worthies who say they’re ready to be president. The two senators offer specifics. Some will like them and others will not, but the proposal is a point of departure from where we’re stalled now.

Ronald Reagan didn’t invent the Kemp-Roth tax bill, but embraced it as part of his campaign to win the Republican nomination in 1980 and then the White House. The candidates in 2016 will have to produce a plan for growth or borrow the proposal of someone else, and Rubio-Lee is a good place to start the conversation.

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