Heece -- I don't know about what you're saying in the above post. It sounds like you have some professional experience in the biz so I'll ask you to clarify.........
First of all: What is "low income" or "middle class". I THINK I'm "middle class". My gross income (my wife is retired) is in 6-figures. Isn't that Middle Class?
Last year my effective tax rate was 12.6%
This year my effective tax rate was 12.8%.
Higher, yes, but my gross income was up over 50% and my taxable income up more than 100%.
Up until this year I've always been able to itemize. With the new tax plan I was better taking the standard deduction. I understand that's happened to a lot of taxpayers this year. I like the idea that that I'm not subsidizing those with big deductions in high income tax States and those who pay tons of interest on their mortgages. If my income had stayed the same, I think I'd have paid a lower tax rate.
As far as "low income" families, 44.4% of Americans already pay ZERO income tax. How can they be paying LESS tax under the new system? (That's about 2% more than paid zero income taxes last year.)