The Republican tax plan has been slammed as a giveaway to the rich. But maybe Ivanka Trump can help fix that.
The first daughter is throwing her weight behind a proposal to significantly expand the child tax credit, even as other individual benefits in the code are curtailed or even eliminated. That increase — coupled with a doubling of the standard deduction — is at the heart of Republicans' argument that the framework they unveiled last month will result in more families paying no taxes.
"This package is completely designed with the middle class in mind," a senior White House official said.
Democrats and many independent tax experts are already skeptical of that claim. However, they acknowledge that the actual size of the increase in the child tax credit could make all the difference, particularly for single parents with multiple children. But neither the White House nor Ivanka Trump will provide specifics — leaving it up to Capitol Hill to make the numbers work.
"Ivanka wants to see an expansion of the child tax credit as it is an essential part of ensuring a middle-class tax cut," another White House official said. "She is meeting with members of Congress and advocacy groups to discuss possible proposals."