Study: Romney tax plan would shift burden toward poor
By Charles Riley
August 1, 2012
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Mitt Romney's tax plan would provide large tax cuts to the very wealthy, while increasing the tax burden on the lower and middle classes, according to a study released Wednesday.
The report -- produced by researchers at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center --illustrates just how difficult it would be to recoup government revenue lost under Romney's plan.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee's tax plan calls for 20% cuts to today's Bush-era income tax rates. He would also eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Those tax cuts would lead to a sharp decline in government revenue. Yet Romney insists he will make up the difference in-part by limiting deductions, exemptions and credits currently available to top-level income earners.