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Economists analyze 2016 GOP frontrunners’ tax plans




Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech outlining his vision for tax reform at his skyscraper on Fifth Avenue on September 28, 2015 in New York City.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech outlining his vision for tax reform at his skyscraper on Fifth Avenue on September 28, 2015 in New York City.
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Save for when they’re on the campaign trail, tax reform isn’t a topic that most politicians want to touch.

But it’s that time of the presidential campaign where candidates know they have to stop talking in generalities and start showing voters exactly what they plan to do if elected.

Several candidates, including current frontrunner Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio have released tax plans that explain how they would reform things like income, estate, and capital gains taxes.

How will each candidate’s tax plan affect the average voter? You can compare tax plans side-by-side from both Republican and Democratic candidates using this tool from the non-profit think tank Tax Foundation.

Guests:

Harry Stein, director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute