Trump tax plan has $12T price tag, study finds

Trump tax plan has $12T price tag, study finds
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GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's tax plan would cost just under $12 trillion over a decade, according to an analysis from a conservative-leaning group. 

The Tax Foundation found that Trump's proposal would lose around $10.1 trillion when accounting for the potential economic growth that would be spurred by the tax changes. 

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The $12 trillion figure comes from more traditional scoring methods, akin to those employed by official federal scorekeepers. 

Trump himself has said that the plan — which slashes the top tax rates for both individuals and all kinds of businesses — won't add to the deficit. 

But after the billionaire businessman released his plan, tax analysts were quick to question that claim and said that the top 1 percent of earners would be most likely to gain under Trump's proposals. Trump had said for weeks that his plan would go after Wall Street types who paid little to nothing in taxes. 

The Tax Foundation found that the top 1 percent of earners would see their after-tax income rise between 21.6 percent and 27 percent under Trump's plan. The bottom 30 percent of taxpayers, on the other hand, would gain anywhere from 0.6 percent to 11.5 percent in after-tax income.

GOP presidential candidates have not shied away from offering big tax cuts to voters during the current campaign.

But the Tax Foundation found that Trump's plan is by far the most expensive. The group determined that plans from former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE (Ky.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump GOP senators work to get Trump on board with new disaster aid package MORE (Fla.) would lose between $3 trillion and more than $4 trillion when scored traditionally, and between $960 billion and $1.7 trillion when scored dynamically.

Bush's and Trump's plans have similarities; both contain huge tax cuts and a few populist nods. Both candidates say they would slash an incentive used by private equity executives known as "carried interest."

Trump's plan would also cut the top individual rate to 25 percent, the top rate for business to 15 percent and get rid of the estate tax. The top individual rate currently is 39.6 percent, and the corporate rate maxes out at 35 percent.