State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Tax Reform

Ben Carson: Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that

My tax plan has been praised by Cato, by Wall Street Journal. Forbes said it is the best, the most pro-growth tax plan, and it's based on real fairness for everybody. Starts at the 150% poverty level, but even the people below that have to pay something because everybody has to have skin in the game. My plan deals with corporate tax rate, and everybody pays exactly the same.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Henry McMaster: Low taxes spur economic growth and prosperity

The recent tax reform bill signed by President Trump was a great victory for American taxpayers and our economy. But with the federal government cutting taxes, it is now more important than ever for us to do our part. My executive budget proposes a $2.2 billion tax cut for every South Carolinian.

The first year's cut amounts to $139 million. To all the South Carolinians listening tonight: that's $139 million that would have gone to government, and will stay with you instead.

Like Presidents Reagan, Kennedy and now Trump, I believe that low taxes spur economic growth and prosperity. Yet, South Carolina currently has the highest marginal income tax rate in the southeast--the 12th highest in the nation. Seven states have no income tax at all. Taxes of all kinds at all levels add up--little by little--to smother growth.

We must act. We must heed the lessons of history. We must respect the right of the people to their own money, for their own purposes, according to their own priorities.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 24, 2018

Henry McMaster: Lower taxes helps us compete: $2.2B tax cut

We have the highest marginal income tax rate in the southeast--the 12th highest in the nation. Seven states have no income tax at all. Taxes of all kinds at all levels add up--little by little--to smother growth. Beating the competition requires reforming our state's marginal income and corporate tax rates. That's why I have proposed a $2.2 billion tax cut across all personal income brackets resulting in an average 15% rate reduction.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to South Carolina congress Jan 23, 2019

Henry McMaster: Cut income tax by $2.6 billion over five years

Last year, we returned $67 million to the taxpayers in a one-time rebate check. It was well-received. This year, I propose that we return twenty-five cents of every surplus dollar to the taxpayers through rebates and tax cuts. It's their money. Many people don't believe it but reducing taxes in fact results in tax receipts increasing, not decreasing.

South Carolina has the highest personal income tax rate in the southeast and the twelfth highest in the nation. Therefore, I ask that we cut our state's personal income taxes by $160 million this first year, for a total of $2.6 billion over five years. This means a 15% across-the-board tax reduction for all personal income brackets, keeping us competitive with our neighboring states. This year, with a $1.8 billion surplus, if we don't cut taxes and send money back to the people, shame on us.

Source: 2020 South Carolina State of the State address Jan 22, 2020

Henry McMaster: 15% across-the-board reduction for all personal brackets

Reducing the tax burden on people and businesses continues to be one of the most important ways South Carolina can lay a foundation for future growth. South Carolina's marginal tax rate of 7% is the highest in the southeast and the 11th highest in the nation. I propose that we cut our state's personal income taxes through a phased-in five-year 15% across-the-board tax reduction for all personal income brackets, keeping us competitive with our neighboring states.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address: South Carolina legislature Jan 13, 2021

Herman Cain: Abolish the IRS; implement 23% national sales tax

Q: You say abolish the IRS and impose a FairTax, a national sales tax of 23%. But experts say the practical effect is a tax cut for the wealthy and a tax increase for the middle class.

A: With all due respect, your experts are dead wrong. I have studied the FairTax for a long time. First of all, it is 23%, but it replaces all federal income taxes; and it replaces the payroll tax. Depending on how you define a windfall for the rich, it's also a bonanza for the not-so-rich, because of the prebate. Every family deserves to get a prebate to offset taxes that would be paid on essential goods and services. That levels the playing field, in my opinion, and especially gives the not-so-rich an advantage that they don't have today under our current system. So yes, I strongly support totally replacing the current code with the FairTax.

Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in South Carolina May 5, 2011

Jaime Harrison: Repeal 2017 tax cuts which were for the wealthy

Q: Support administration's $1.9 trillion (2017) tax cuts?

Jaime Harrison: No. It gives "wealthy donors tax cuts." Promises to repeal 2017 tax cuts.

Lindsey Graham: Yes. Strong supporter. Argued that they would "help grow the economy," and also were politically necessary.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

John McCain: Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending

Q: You opposed President Bush's 2001 tax cuts. Now you say you were wrong. How can you convince Republican voters you will push a Democratic Congress hard enough to make those tax cuts permanent?

A: I didn't say that I was wrong. I said that the reason why I opposed those tax cuts was because we didn't rein in spending. And the fact is the tax cuts have dramatically increased revenues. If we don't make them permanent, then every business, farm and family in America will have to adjust their budgets to what is in effect a tax increase.

In 2001, I proposed massive tax cuts, but I also proposed to rein in spending. Spending is out of control. We didn't lose the 2006 election because of the war in Iraq; we lost it because we in the Republican Party came to Washington to change government and government changed us. We let spending go out of control. We spent money like a drunken sailor, although I never knew a sailor drunk or sober with the imagination of my colleagues.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Kevin Bryant: Vicious cycle of paying back a lot of earned tax credits

The tax collectors created a brand new state-level earned income tax credit. Proponents of this new tax credit want to leave more money in the wallets of lower-income and amen to that! But it will not stay there long when those folks have to use their tax savings to pay more for gas in order to spend the first 3 months of the year just to send enough income tax to government to be able to claim a credit that they then will give back at the gas pump. This is your government at work.
Source: K. Bryant OpEd: 2018 South Carolina Governor race May 12, 2017

Krystle Matthews: Exempt feminine hygiene products from state sales tax

The list of items exempt from South Carolina's 6 percent sales tax runs 23 pages long. Absent from that roster are feminine-hygiene products, which brings $3.8 million into state coffers annually. A Lowcountry legislator wants that to end, introducing a measure that would free them from the tax. Matthews said her bill is a matter not only of common sense but equality.

South Carolina is one of 33 states where tampons, sanitary napkins and other feminine personal care products are taxed.

Source: Charleston Post and Courier: 2022 South Carolina Senate race Apr 13, 2021

Lee Bright: Supports the FairTax to simplify taxes

Bright favors the Fair Tax and hopes to "simplify and reduce the burdens of payment and bureaucracy" when considering the US Tax Code.
Source: Edgefield Advertiser on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Oct 29, 2013

Mike Huckabee: FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS

Q: The alternative minimum tax caught 4 million people this year; it'll get 23 million next year unless Congress acts. How would you eliminate the tax without raising the budget deficit?

A: The simplest way is an active FairTax. That's the first thing I'd love to do as president, put a "Going Out of Business" sign on the Internal Revenue Service and stop the $10 billion a year that it costs just for them to operate. A FairTax would eliminate the alternative minimum tax [& many other taxes].

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement

Huckabee praised a "FairTax" without noting that it would actually impose a stiff retail sales tax & ease the tax burden on the richest Americans:
"A FairTax would eliminate the alternative minimum tax, personal income tax, corporate tax, & al the various taxes that are hidden in our system & Americans don't realize what they're paying."
The FairTax proposes a "prebate" to soften its impact on low-income persons--a monthly check for the amount of tax paid up to the poverty level. But any sales tax also would lower taxes for those upper-income persons who save large portions of income that would be taxed under current law.

Pres. Bush's bipartisan Advisory Panel on Tax Reform rejected the idea, saying it would substantially increase taxes for 80% of taxpayers. The panel calculated that a sales tax would have to be set at 34% of retail prices, and the monthly cash prebate would amount to the largest entitlement program in history, at least $600 billion per year.

Source: FactCheck on 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Mitt Romney: Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002

Q: Your critics have called you "flip-flop Mitt" for your decision to take the "no new taxes" pledge this year after refusing to do so in 2002.

A: I want to make it very clear that I'm not going to raise taxes. As governor of Massachusetts, I made it very clear there, and I did not raise taxes. We faced a huge budget gap, but I recognize that raising taxes could lead to a slowdown in our economy, so we didn't do it. We balanced our budget, and that's exactly what I'll do with the federal government.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees

Mitt Romney said he "did not raise taxes" when he was governor of Massachusetts. Technically, that is true, but it's also misleading. Romney did not raise anything called a tax during his tenure as governor, but he did increase state revenues by raising various types of fees. In 2003, Romney doubled fees for court filings (which include marriage licensing fees), professional registrations and firearm licenses. Romney also quintupled the per gallon delivery fee for gasoline (money that is supposed to be for cleaning up any leaks from underground fuel tanks). All told, the fees raised more than $400 million in their first year. Romney also "closed loopholes" in the corporate tax structure, a move that generated another $150 million in increased revenue. In addition, Romney cut local aid, a program whereby the state supplied revenue to cities and counties. In 2004, Romney cut nearly 5 percent, or about $230 million, from the local aid budget.
Source: FactCheck on 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Ted Cruz: Tax returns on a postcard

We've got to get people back to work. We all agree on that but it's not going to be solved with magic pixie dust. Every time we lessen the burden of Washington on small business owners, on job creators, we see economic growth. My plan is this: typical family of four, first $36,000 earned, no income taxes, no payroll taxes. Above ten percent, everyone pays the same simple flat ten percent income rate. You can fill out your taxes on a postcard and we abolish the IRS.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Thomas Ravenel: Tax cuts lead to growing economy with higher revenues

On Cutting Taxes: "I passionately believe in the merits of cutting taxes. Lower taxes in the long term improve the quality of life of every man, woman and child."

Tax cuts have always led to a growing economy with higher revenues than before the tax cut. In 1998 when our Republican House and Senate enacted a capital gains tax cut from 28% to 20%--a 29% cut: federal revenues from this source doubled. Capital gains and marginal rate tax cuts encourage people to work, save and invest.

Tax cuts allow small business owners to plow their money back into the business, which creates growth, expansion, and jobs. Unemployment goes down and wages go up. Increases in supply and productivity reduce the costs of goods and services, and improves their quality. Lower income citizens are then able to purchase higher quality goods at lower prices: with higher wages! Tax cuts increase the quality of life for those at the lowest rung of the economic ladder. This is compassionate conservatism!

Source: 2004 South Carolina Senate campaign website, Sep 1, 2004

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