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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The “Inflation Reduction Act” is being marketed as a compromise reached last week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after months of intraparty fighting. However, studies indicate that it will have little effect on lowering inflation while increasing taxes for middle- and working-class Americans.

A scaled-down version of President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) Act, the Inflation Reduction Act will cost an estimated $433 billion, the majority of which will go toward climate-related provisions, while boosting tax revenue by $739 billion. The bill will make it mandatory for large corporations to pay at least 15% in taxes, which is anticipated to increase tax revenue by $313 billion. It will also strengthen IRS enforcement, which is anticipated to increase tax revenue by another $124 billion, and it will close the carried interest loophole, which is anticipated to generate $14 billion in additional revenue.

A months-long impasse on Biden’s multi-trillion dollar BBB Act was resolved by Manchin’s acquiescence to the measure, which he repeatedly derided as excessive and inflationary.
Manchin said in December, “If I can’t go back home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is met by reporters outside the hearing room where he chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, at the Capitol in Washington, July 21, 2022.

On July 21, 2022, media assemble outside the hearing room where Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Associated Press

Manchin asserted on Sunday that the new legislation will lower inflation without “placing a burden on any taxpayers whatsoever.”

The neutral Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released data over the weekend estimated that the corporate tax will be passed down, increasing taxes on Americans across all income brackets, despite the fact that the measure doesn’t increase the federal tax rate. As a result, Republicans are raising the alarm.

Individuals earning less than $10,000 annually would pay 3.1 percent more in taxes in 2023, and those earning between $20,000 and $30,000 annually would face a 1.1 percent tax rise, according to the JCT analysis showed . According to the estimate, tax collections on incomes of $100,000 or less will rise by $5.8 billion in 2023.

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee stated in a press release on Saturday that those making less than $400,000 are projected to pay as much as two-thirds of the additional tax revenue collected that year. They cited the JCT report. By 2031, when the new energy credits and subsidies are set to benefit wealthy Americans even more, they are projected to benefit wealthy Americans even more.

President Biden speaks about inflation and supply chain issues in Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Vice President Biden discusses supply chain challenges and inflation. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)

According to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, who ordered the report, “The mislabeled Inflation Reduction Act will do nothing to help the economy out of stagnation and recession, but it will raise billions in taxes on Americans making less than $400,000.”

The more this bill is examined by unbiased professionals, the more Democrats’ attempts to mislead the American people become apparent, said Crapo. “When gimmicks are removed and the actual cost is considered, non-partisan economists affirm that this law increases taxes on the middle class and does not result in any appreciable deficit reduction. It makes sense that this bill, which was created in secret, is moving through the Senate at a record-breaking clip.”

The bill was criticized by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who is also a member of the Senate Finance Committee, in a statement to Fox News Digital.

The only way the Inflation Reduction Act will lower inflation, according to him, is by raising taxes on middle-class and lower-class households, leaving them with less money for spending. “That is referred to as killing the patient to cure the sickness in the medical field. It is not the proper way to handle American taxpayers.”

The JCT report, telling FOX Business , which claimed that families earning less than $400,000 “would not pay one penny in additional taxes under the Inflation Reduction Act,” was questioned by Ashley Schapitl, a spokesperson for Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

Republicans have been arguing for trickle-down economics for years, but the American people don’t buy it, Schapitl said.

She continued, “The analysis Republicans are using is similarly lacking. “It excludes the advantages of lowering health insurance premiums and the cost of prescription medications for families in the middle class. The same is true for family-friendly incentives for sustainable energy.”

The JCT cited roughly 20 clean energy provisions that it did consider in the analysis but did not take into account the effects of the bill’s tax provisions on health care or prescription drugs.

Biden has consistently vowed that during his presidency, taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year won’t go up. In his statement on the measure on Thursday, he vowed to keep his promise: “This plan will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.”

Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. (Reuters/Getty Images)

According to a December analysis by the Tax Foundation , the 15 percent “corporate alternative minimum tax,” which mandates companies with profits over $1 billion to pay a minimum tax rate of 15 percent, is the most economically harmful clause in the law that made it through the difficult negotiation process.

According to the Tax Foundation, the minimum tax alone will cost around 27,000 jobs and cause a 0.1 percent decline in GDP. According to a November estimate by the foundation, the minimum tax will cause the biggest blow to coal workers rating, imposing a net tax increase of 7.2 percent on the coal industry’s pretax book revenue. The analysis found that the manufacturing of cars and trucks, which will have a 5.1 percent tax increase, will be the second-hardest hit by the levy.

On CNN on Sunday, Manchin justified the minimum tax, saying, “People ought to contribute fairly, especially the biggest American businesses with a worth of $1 billion or more. Can’t they pay at least 15% so that we can advance and become the superpower that we want to be? “we are?”

While Democrats are promoting the plan as an inflation-fighting tool, a new analysis from the Penn Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan organization at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, demonstrates that it will have an impact on inflation that is “statistically indistinguishable from zero.”

According to the analysis, “The Act would somewhat reduce inflation after 2024 and slightly boost inflation before 2024.” There is little confidence that the legislation will have any effect on inflation because these point estimates are statistically equivalent to zero.

The legislation might only result in a 0.05 percentage point increase in inflation in 2024, but it is expected to result in a 0.25 percentage point drop in consumer prices by the late 2020s. The majority of analysts anticipate a decline in inflation over the next few years as supply-chain constraints brought on by the pandemic disappear and the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to restrain consumer demand.

By using reconciliation, which enables them to circumvent the Senate filibuster with just 50 votes, Democrats will attempt to pass the plan. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., a centrist who has not yet expressed support for the plan, will cast the decisive vote. Vice President Kamala Harris would break the expected 50-50 tie if Sinema votes yes.

Megan Henney from Fox News contributed to this story.
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