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What A Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means For Your Wallet

This crazy election is finally coming to a close, and once all the ballots are cast and counted, the question everyone will be asking is: What does President Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump mean for our wallets? To answer that question, WalletHub prepared a pair of reports examining the potential outcomes: What If Trump Wins? and What If Hillary Wins?

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

What If Trump Wins?

Article by John S Kiernan, WalletHub

Have you thought about how the world could change if the likely frigid morning of January 20 echoes with these words: “I Donald J. Trump do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States…”?

To some, the prospect is invigorating. To others, it’s terrifying. To WalletHub, however, the question is at least somewhat quantifiable. We crunched the numbers on what’s likely in store for everything from GDP growth and the S&P 500 to tax rates and healthcare coverage should Mr. Trump pull out a Brexit-esque victory on Election Day. Below, you can check out what we found, along with commentary from experts in each category. You can also learn what the other side of the coin has in store for us from our corresponding report on a Hillary Clinton win.

Area Of InterestProjected Impact
Personal Taxes33% top Individual Tax Rates for income over $112,500
Corporate TaxesDiscouraging inversions through taxation in order to grow the economy
Stock MarketPolitical predecessors registered a 3.28% increase of the market (adjusted for inflation) (Divided Congress)
UnemploymentPoints to energy as a source for new jobs in the future
EducationPledged to invest $20 billion of federal dollars into a voucher program for students to attend school of their choice and repeal common core
Social SecurityHas pledged to save Social Security without cuts
Health CareRepeal and replace the ACA
Minimum WageIncrease the minimum wage to $10/h but let states set the minimum wage as appropriate for them

 

Personal Taxes

Annual IncomeTrump’s Proposed Tax RateCurrent Rate
$415,050+33%39.6%
$413,350 to $415,049.9933%35%
$190,150 to $413,349.9933%33%
$112,500 to $190,149.9933%28%
$91,150 to $112,499.9925%28%
$37,650 to $91,149.9925%25%
$37,500 to $37,649.9925%15%
$9,275 to $37,449.9912%15%
$0 to $9,274.9912%10%

 

  • Current Annual Tax Revenue: $3,276B
  • Projected Impact on Tax Revenue for 2017 (Trump): -$341B

Other Notable Tax Policy Changes

IssueTrump’s StanceTrump’s Comments
Estate TaxRepeal it
Tax capital gains held until death and valued over $10 million, except for small businesses and family farms.
Prohibit contributions of appreciated assets into a private charity established by the decedent or decedent’s relatives.
“The estate tax has been a disaster; it’s double taxation.”
Caregiver BenefitsFull deductibility of average-cost child care expenses.
Above-the-line deduction for children under age 13 that will be capped at state average for age of child, and for eldercare for a dependent.
Exclusion will not be available to taxpayers with total income over $500,000 (married-joint or $250,000 (single).
“My plan will also help reduce the cost of child care by allowing parents to fully deduct the average cost of child care spending from their taxes.”
Itemized DeductionsIncrease the standard deduction to $30,000 for joint filers and $15,000 for single filers
Cap itemized deductions at $200,000 for married-joint filers or $100,000 for single filers
No change for mortgage interest or charitable contributions
Retirement AccountsNo stated positionNo stated position
Alternative Minimum TaxEliminate it“[We should] get rid of the death tax, as well as the horrific alternative minimum tax.”

 

Corporate Taxes

IssueTrump’s Stance
Top Corporate Tax Rate15%
Top Pass-Through Rate15% (new business tax within the personal tax code)
Taxation of future foreign earningsImmediate worldwide taxation; repeal of deferral
Mandatory Tax, Untaxed Accumulated Foreign Earnings10%
InversionsDiscourage inversions to grow the economy
Offshoring35% tariff on goods imported into the United States by U.S. companies that have moved overseas
Cost Recovery100% expensing
Business Interest Expense“Reasonable cap” on deductibility
R&D ExpensesNo stated position
DerivativesNo stated position
Other Business ProvisionsReducing or eliminating corporate loopholes that cater to special interests, as well as deductions made unnecessary or redundant by the new lower tax on corporations

 

Stock Market

Historical Performance of His Republican Predecessors

  • Historically, the S&P 500 has grown at a 3.28% annual rate with a Republican president and a divided Congress.
  • The S&P 500 has grown at a 16.36% annual rate with a Republican president and a Republican Congress.

Unemployment

InitiativeMore Info
Relax Federal RegulationsPro-growth tax plan
Modern regulatory framework
America-first trade policy
Energy independence plan
Penny plan
Make the U.S. the World’s Leading Energy ProducerUse energy to create jobs in the future.
Make American energy dominance a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.
Unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped oil, natural gas and “clean coal” reserves.

 

Historical Performance of His Republican Predecessors

  • Historically, the unemployment has increased by an average of 0.21 percentage points with a Republican president and divided Congress.
  • The unemployment rate has increased by an average of 0.22 percentage point with a Republican president and a Republican Congress.

Education

IssueTrump’s PositionTrump’s Comments
School Voucher ProgramPledged to invest $20 billion in a voucher program to support school choice“As president, I will establish the national goal of providing school choice to every American child living in poverty. If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two world wars, then I have no doubt that we as a nation can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in America.”
Charter SchoolsSupports them“Competition is why I’m very much in favor of school choice. Let schools compete for kids. I guarantee that if you forced schools to get better or close because parents didn’t want to enroll their kids there, they would get better.”
Teachers’ UnionsCriticizes them“Our public schools have grown up in a competition-free zone, surrounded by a very high union wall. Why aren’t we shocked at the results?”
Common CorePromises to get rid of it“I have been consistent in my opposition to Common Core. Get rid of Common Core.”
Debt-Free CollegeDoesn’t support it.
(Wants to pressure institutions with large endowments to spend more on students, thus reducing tuition costs.)
“Instead these universities use the money to pay their administrators, to put donors’ names on their buildings, or just store the money, keep it and invest it. But they should be using the money on students, for tuition, for student life and for student housing. That’s what it’s supposed to be for.”

 

Social Security

IssueTrump’s StanceTrump’s Comments
Retirement AgeOpposed to raising it“It’s my intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is.”
Benefit CutsPledges to save Social Security without cuts.“People signed up for Social Security; it’s kind of like a pledge. The people who have their Social Security, with me, are going to keep their Social Security.”
Benefit IncreasesNo positionNo position
Cost-Of-Living AdjustmentsNo changes
Payroll TaxAgainst raising it“The average worker today pays 31.5% of their wages to income and payroll taxes.”
PrivatizationNo position“Privatization would be good for all of us. Directing Social Security funds into personal accounts invested in real assets would swell national savings, pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into jobs and the economy”.

 

Health Care

IssueTrump’s Stance
Health InsuranceRequire price transparency from health care providers
Allow for the sale of health insurance across state lines
Allow for tax-deductible health insurance premiums
Expand use of health savings accounts
MedicareVoiced support for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug and biologic prices
MedicaidBlock grants for Medicaid to the states
Affordable Care ActRepeal and replace the ACA

 

Minimum Wage

IssueCurrent Minimum WageTrump’s Recommended Minimum WageRaise’s Effect on Taxpayers
Minimum Wage$7.25$10, but believes states should set the minimum wage as appropriate for themApproximately 500,000 jobs would be lost
  • The following states have a minimum wage of $7.50 or higher: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
  • California, New York and Washington, D.C., have enacted laws to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour in the coming years.

What If Hillary Wins?

Article by John S Kiernan, WalletHub

Have you thought about how the world could change if the likely frigid morning of January 20 echoes with these words: “I Hillary Rodham Clinton do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States…”?

To some, the prospect is invigorating. To others, it’s terrifying. To WalletHub, however, the question is at least somewhat quantifiable. We crunched the numbers on what’s likely in store for everything from GDP growth and the S&P 500 to tax rates and healthcare coverage should Sec. Clinton become the second President Clinton on Election Day. Below, you can check out what we found, along with commentary from experts in each category. You can also learn what the other side of the coin has in store for us from our corresponding report on a Trump victory. Happy voting!

Area Of InterestProjected Impact
Personal TaxesHigher tax rate (43.6%) for people who make $5M+
Corporate TaxesClose various loopholes and regulate high-frequency trading
Stock MarketHistorically, market has increased by an average of 13.84% with a Divided Congress
UnemploymentSpend $125B on job-creation initiatives
EducationDebt-free college for families who earn less than $125K per year; Common Core remains
Social SecurityNo Higher retirement age and payroll tax cap ($250K); no privatized Social Security;
Health CareACA improvements; Immigrants allowed to participate
Minimum WageHigher federal minimum ($12/hr.)

 

Personal Taxes

Annual IncomeClinton’s Proposed Tax RateCurrent Rate
$5,000,000+43.6%39.6%
$415,050 to $4,999,999.9939.6%39.6%
$413,350 to $415,049.9935.0%35.0%
$190,150 to $413,349.9933.0%33.0%
$91,150 to $190,149.9928.0%28.0%
$37,650 to $91,149.9925.0%25.0%
$9,275 to $37,649.9915.0%15.0%
$0 to $9,274.9910.0%10.0%

 

  • Current Annual Tax Revenue: $3,276B
  • Projected Impact on Tax Revenue for 2017 (Clinton): $30.4B

Other Notable Tax Policy Changes

IssueClinton’s StanceClinton’s Comments
Estate TaxPermanently reduce the tax threshold for estates to $3.5 million ($7 million for married couples) with no adjustment for future inflation
Increase the top rate to 45% percent
Establish $1 million lifetime gift tax exemption
“Then there’s the Estate Tax, which Trump wants to eliminate altogether. If you believe that he’s as wealthy as he says, that alone would save the Trump family $4 billion. It would do nothing for 99.8 percent of Americans. So they’d get a $4 billion tax cut, and 99.8 percent of Americans get nothing.”
Caregiver BenefitsCap child care costs at 10% of income
Create tax credit for caregivers of elderly or disabled relatives
“[Raising children] is the most important job that any of us can do, and we are making it really expensive and very difficult. If we don’t support families, we don’t support making our country or any community as strong as it can and should be.”
Itemized DeductionsCap all itemized deductions at a tax value of 28%, with exception for charitable contributions“As a result of loopholes and the ‘private tax system’ of lawyers and accountants who enable complex strategies to shelter and lower the bill on income for the most fortunate, some of the wealthiest taxpayers continue to pay low effective rates on their income.”
Retirement AccountsClose the “Romney loophole” on individual retirement accounts“[Billions of dollars] are drained from retirement accounts because of high fees and conflicts of interest in the investment management industry.”
Alternative Minimum TaxRetain the AMT“I said that I’m in favor of doing something about the AMT. How we do it and how we put the package together, everybody knows, is extremely complicated. … I want to get to a fair and progressive tax system. The AMT has to be part of what we try to change when I’m president.”

 

Corporate Taxes

IssueClinton’s Stance
Top Corporate Tax RateNo specifics on rates
Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
Top Pass-Through RateNo specifics on rates
Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
Taxation of future foreign earningsNo specifics on rates
Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
Mandatory Tax, Untaxed Accumulated Foreign EarningsNo specifics on rates
Unspecified business tax reform to raise $275B in five years for infrastructure spending. “Reform our tax code to reward businesses that invest in workers and production here in America, rather than overseas”;
InversionsImpose an “exit tax” on corporations who leave the country or transfer (virtual) assets to another country
OffshoringReclaim tax breaks from corporations that ship jobs overseas and use proceeds to invest in America. Provide tax incentives to encourage investment in the hardest-hit manufacturing communities
Cost RecoveryNo Stated Position
Business interest expenseNo Stated Position
R&D ExpensesUse revenue from closed loopholes to help drive growth and strengthen R&D
DerivativesRequire annual “mark to market” for contracts annually;
Other Business ProvisionsEliminate tax incentives for fossil fuels. End the “Bermuda reinsurance loophole”. Tax high-frequency trading

 

Stock Market

Historical Performance of Her Democratic Predecessors

  • Historically, the S&P 500 has grown at a 13.84% annual rate with a Democratic president and a divided Congress.
  • The S&P 500 has grown at a 17.03% annual rate with a Democratic president and a Republican Congress.

Unemployment

InitiativePlanned InvestmentMore Info
Youth Employment$20 billionProgram will:
Support millions of youth jobs by providing direct federal funding for local programs that will put our kids to work.
Formerly Incarcerated People$5 billionProgram will:
Create reentry programs for formerly incarcerated people
Small Business Growth$25 billionProgram will:
Support entrepreneurship and small business growth in underserved communities
Infrastructure Opportunity Fund$50 billionProgram will:
Make significant new investments in public transit systems that connect the unemployed and underemployed to the jobs they need.
Rebuild crumbling water systems to safeguard the public health and save billions of gallons of drinking water.
Work to ensure that these investments are creating jobs and opportunity for local residents and small businesses.
Housing Investment Program$25 billionProgram will:
Support families as they save for sustainable homeownership.
Build more affordable rental housing near good jobs and good schools.
Overcome pockets of distress.

 

Historical Performance of Her Democratic Predecessors

  • Historically, the unemployment has fallen by an average of 0.85 percentage points with a Democratic president and divided Congress.
  • The unemployment rate has fallen by an average of 0.43 percentage point with a Democratic president and a Republican Congress.

Education

IssueClinton’s PositionClinton’s Comments
Charter SchoolsSupports them“While I do support nonprofit charter schools, which comprise the vast majority of public charter schools today, I don’t support for-profit charter schools. At the federal level, for-profit charter schools are already prohibited from receiving funding through programs like the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools Program – a step I fully support.”
Common CoreSupports it“When states came together on Common Core, I thought that was a laudable effort. But, like many Americans, I have concerns about how the Common Core has been implemented.”
Debt-Free CollegeSupports it for all, as well as tuition-free college for some“I’ve put forward a plan to make college tuition-free for working families, and debt-free for all. We’ll also lift the burden of student debt. It’s called the “New College Compact…”

 

  • Clinton won the endorsement of the two largest teachers’ unions: NEA and AFT.

Social Security

IssueClinton’s StanceClinton’s Comments
Retirement AgeOpposed to raising it“An unfair idea that will particularly hurt the seniors who have worked the hardest throughout their lives.”
Benefit CutsNo cuts
(Opposes closing the long-term shortfall on the backs of the middle class, whether through benefit cuts or tax increases.)
“Social Security works well, but it should work better.”
Benefit IncreasesSupports them for:
Widows
Family Caregivers
“Social Security works well, but it should work better.”
Cost-Of-Living AdjustmentsAgainst it“Social Security must continue to guarantee dignity in retirement for future generations.”
Payroll TaxRaise payroll “tax cap” to an estimated $250,000“Social Security must continue to guarantee dignity in retirement for future generations.”
PrivatizationAgainst it“We can never let Republicans cut or privatize Social Security – we should protect and expand it.”

 

Health Care

IssueClinton’s Stance
Health InsuranceCreate a tax credit of up to $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to help pay high out-of-pocket medical costs.
Require insurers to pay for at least three doctor’s visits a year.
Prohibit providers from charging out-of- network rates for treatment at in-network facilities.
Allow all immigrants to buy ACA marketplace coverage.
MedicareAllow Medicare to negotiate drug and biologic prices.
Extend Medicaid drug rebates to low- income beneficiaries.
Allow individuals to buy-into Medicare at a certain age (50 or 55 years old).
Expand Medicaid as part of the ACA.
MedicaidSupports increased federal match rates (100% match for three years) to encourage all states to expand Medicaid.
ACASupports the law but wants to reduce cost.
Wants to repeal the “Cadillac” tax.

 

Minimum Wage

IssueCurrent Minimum WageClinton’s Recommended Minimum WageRaise’s Effect on Taxpayers
Minimum Wage$7.25$12770,000 jobs would be lost
  • The following states have a minimum wage of $7.50 or higher: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
  • California, New York and Washington, D.C., have enacted laws to raise their minimum wage to $15 per hour in the coming years.