Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he’d like to raise the capital gains tax rate to 39.6 percent, a near doubling of the current 20 percent. Biden made the remarks on Wednesday, August 21 during an interview with Iowa Public Television:
“I believe we should, in fact, the capital gains tax should be at what the highest minimum tax should be, we should raise the tax back to 39.6 percent instead of 20 percent,”Biden said yesterday.
Raising the capital gains tax would harm Americans’ ability to build a nest egg and hurt the value of their homes, farms, and businesses.
Biden’s comments and his long Senate voting record mean voters should expect him to push for capital gains tax hikes if elected. During his time in the Senate, Biden consistently voted against tax cuts on capital gains.
In 2003, Biden voted against the reduction in the capital gains rate from 20 percent to 15 percent. In 2005 and 2006, Biden voted against extending the 15 percent rate.
In 2012, then-Vice President Biden and President Obama insisted the cap gains rate revert to 20 percent.
Biden and Obama then piled on another 3.8 percent capital gains tax hike — the Net Income Investment Tax — one of the many tax increases in Obamacare. The 3.8 percent tax hike took effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Currently, long-term capital gains are taxed at zero percent, 15 percent, or 20 percent, depending on income level.
Households subject to Obamacare’s 3.8 percent Net Income Investment Tax end up paying a 23.8% rate. And under Biden’s cap gains scheme, such households will face a 43.4 percent rate.
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