This tool shows how much you’ll pay in taxes under each presidential candidate


If you’re having a difficult time cutting through all the political clutter to figure out exactly how each presidential candidate’s policies would impact you and your life, a new tool may be able to help! 

Taxes — it’s a very big election season buzzword. And rightfully so, since tax policies can have a significant impact on the bank accounts of everyday Americans.

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So to give people a better idea of how things could change come 2017, Vox and the Tax Policy Foundation have teamed up to create a tool that calculates how much money you may expect to lose or gain under the tax proposals outlined by each of the presidential candidates. 

What the candidates are proposing

According to the new tool, here’s a quick look at what four of the five current candidates — Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton — are proposing:

  • Donald Trump: ‘Huge’ tax cuts that would reduce federal income taxes for everyone, while cutting a variety of government programs.
  • Ted Cruz: Big tax cuts that would reduce federal income taxes for everyone — ‘with a 10% flat rate on income tax and 16% value-added tax’ — while cutting a variety of government programs.
  • Bernie Sanders: Big tax increases for everyone, especially the wealthy, while adding comprehensive government programs (paid for by the increases in taxes).
  • Hillary Clinton: Tax increases, primarily for the wealthy.

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‘The Tax Policy Center did not perform an analysis of John Kasich’s tax plan because his plan lacks sufficient detail to model,’ a note on the tool says. ‘(Analysts) have reached out to the Kasich campaign in search of more details and will analyze the plan if they receive enough information to do so.’

How each policy would impact you

To see how each tax policy would impact everyday Americans, the calculator asks users to enter their salary, marriage status and number of children. It then calculates the increase or decrease in tax dollars that the user could expect under each different policy.

But here’s an important reminder: The numbers are only estimates! Since every taxpayer has a different situation, the calculator can’t provide an exact figure.


Try out the calculator here.

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