Businesses, Republicans Raise the Alarm Over Biden Taxes

(The Center Square) As President Joe Biden promotes his several trillion dollars in proposed federal spending, Republicans and small businesses are raising the alarm, arguing the taxes needed to pay for those spending plans are a threat to the economy.

The House Ways and Means Committee met Thursday to discuss infrastructure development and in particular the impact of proposed tax increases to pay for it. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the ranking member on the committee, argued that only 7% of Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill goes to infrastructure and that raising taxes would incentivize employers to take jobs overseas.

“As bad as the wasteful spending is, worse yet, it’s poisoned with crippling tax increases that sabotage America’s jobs recovery, hurts working families and Main Street businesses, and drives U.S. jobs overseas,”  Brady said. “We cannot fund infrastructure on the backs of American workers.”

These arguments will likely remain key Republican talking points as Biden’s infrastructure bill gets more scrutiny in Congress. Biden has proposed two major spending plans, the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan, his roughly $2 trillion infrastructure bill.

The president has proposed funding his infrastructure package by raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, hiking taxes on those making more than $400,000 annually, and increasing the capital-gains tax rate for those making more than $1 million per year. These proposed taxes would take effect in 2022, according to Biden’s plan.

Small businesses have also expressed fear that Biden’s tax law will hit them hard, despite messaging from the White House arguing the tax increases will only affect the wealthiest Americans.

“Biden claims his spending plan makes large corporations pay their ‘fair share,’” Americans for Tax Reform said in a statement. “However, the plan will raise taxes on many small businesses that are structured as corporations.”

These concerns come amid federal data showing a post-COVID economic recovery is uncertain. Despite optimism that widespread vaccinations would lead to a rapid economic rebound, federal inflation and employment data has suggested otherwise.

The latest data from the Bureau of Labor statistics reports that federal unemployment spiked to 6.1% in April after the economy added only 266,000 new jobs, far short of the one million new jobs predicted by economists. In addition, new filers for unemployment are still double what they were at the same time in 2019, before the pandemic.

Democrats have argued the taxes will hit only wealthier Americans and be used to help America’s infrastructure.

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