De Blasio releases plan to substantially raise taxes on the rich, corporations

De Blasio releases plan to substantially raise taxes on the rich, corporations
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Democratic presidential candidate Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal Overnight Health Care: Fauci says family has faced threats | Moderna to charge to a dose for its vaccine | NYC adding checkpoints to enforce quarantine New York City adding 'key entry point' checkpoints to enforce quarantine MORE on Thursday rolled out a tax plan that would substantially increase taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, one day after he spoke about his desire to raise taxes during a primary debate.

The plan from de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, is more aggressive and wide-ranging than other candidates' tax proposals and includes a wealth tax, higher individual income tax rates and a significantly higher corporate tax rate. De Blasio estimates that the plan would raise upward of $10 trillion over a decade.

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"We need fundamental change both in society and our tax code, and my tax plan is the only plan in the Democratic field that faces up to the scale of the challenges we face,” de Blasio said in a statement. 

De Blasio, a low-polling progressive candidate, rolled out his tax plan after he said during Wednesday's presidential debate that he would "tax the hell out of the wealthy." During the debate, de Blasio also criticized another candidate, Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHow Congress is preventing a Medicare bankruptcy during COVID-19 Tom Cotton rips NY Times for Chinese scientist op-ed criticizing US coronavirus response Our national forests need protection — and Congress can help MORE (D-Colo.), for raising concerns about tax increases that would be needed to pay for "Medicare for All."

De Blasio's tax plan would create a wealth tax that would tax assets between $10 million and $25 million at 1 percent, assets between $25 million and $100 million at 2 percent and assets above $100 million at 3 percent.

His proposed wealth tax would apply to more people than would the wealth tax proposed by a fellow presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.). Warren's proposed wealth tax would tax net worth between $50 million and $1 billion at 2 percent, and net worth above $1 billion at 3 percent.

De Blasio also proposes raising the current top tax bracket for individuals from 37 percent to 40 percent, then adding a 50 percent bracket for income between $1 million and $2 million and a 60 percent bracket on income above $2 million.

De Blasio also proposes to raise the corporate tax rate from 21 percent to 35 percent — the rate that existed before the enactment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE's 2017 tax-cut law. 

Many Democrats think the 21 percent rate is too low but don't want to raise the rate back up all the way to 35 percent. For example, two Democratic presidential candidates, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas), have floated raising the corporate rate to 28 percent — the rate proposed by former President Obama's administration.

Another portion of de Blasio's plan would replace the estate tax with a tax on inheritances, with heirs receiving more than $1 million having their inheritances taxed as income.

Other parts of de Blasio's tax plan include a financial transaction tax, repealing the Trump tax law's 20 percent deduction for income from noncorporate businesses, a stronger alternative minimum tax and a tax on risky bank loans.

Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund, a liberal group that does not endorse candidates, cheered de Blasio's plan.

“Mayor de Blasio’s progressive tax-reform plan is a recognition not only that the Trump-GOP tax cuts for the wealthy are unfair and aren’t working, but also that raising taxes on the wealthy and big corporations is good for the economy,” the group's executive director, Frank Clemente, said in a statement.