- Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a reputation for having a plan for everything.
- Her proposals would shake up conventional America, with a host of new taxes targeting wealth and corporations, from gun manufacturers to private equity firms.
Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has garnered a reputation during the campaign as a liberal firebrand with a plan for everything.
Her crusade against the wealthy of America has rankled donors and politicians in the upper echelons of both the Democratic and Republican parties but has resonated with potential voters ahead of the Democratic primaries.
Here's a look at the taxes Warren plans to enact if she wins the White House in 2020:
On the campaign trail, Warren's Ultra-Millionaire Tax has become her signature and most popular policy.
The plan would call for a 2% tax on every dollar a household has above $50 million, which would increase to a 3% tax for households with above $1 billion.
Warren projects her plan would raise more than $2.75 trillion in a 10-year span, which would allow her to finance some of the more ambitious parts of her agenda, such as universal child care, free public college and the cancellation of all student debt.
Americans with a net worth over $50 million who renounce their citizenship to dodge the tax will be subject to a 40% "exit tax."
In November, Warren updated her wealth tax plan to double the rate on net worth over $1 billion, to 6% from 3%, as she sought to explain how she would pay for her "Medicare for All" proposal. According to economists cited by her campaign, this doubled billionaire tax would raise $1 trillion over 10 years.
Warren's Excessive Lobbying Tax aims to deter corporations and trade organizations from influencing government through high spending. It would tax firms that spend between $500,000 and $1 million on lobbying at a rate of 35%, which increases to a 60% rate on firms that spend above $1 million and 75% on firms that spend above $5 million.
The money raised from the taxes would be committed to Warren's "Lobbying Defense Trust Fund," dedicated to strengthening government against the influence of lobbyists.
Warren's zeal for taking on big corporations in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis sent her to the forefront of financial reform, and her tax on corporate profits is yet another way she plans to tax wealth.
The 7% corporate tax would apply to every dollar above $100 million that a company reports in profits. The tax would exist in conjunction with the overall corporate tax rate, which Warren hopes will raise $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
A significant part of Warren's policy agenda includes the expansion of Social Security, which she hopes will be the biggest increase to the retirement program in 50 years.
Warren's plan intends to give current and future recipients $200 more per month. It would be financed by a 14.8% contribution requirement on individual wages above $250,000 as well as a 14.8% contribution requirement on net investment income for individuals making more than $250,000 and families making more than $400,000.
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was one of the biggest and most controversial bills passed by the Trump administration. Warren joined a chorus of opponents to the bill who considered it a giveaway to corporations. If she were to win the presidency, a core part of her agenda would be rolling back the legislation and restoring the previous corporate tax rate.
Warren's policy calls for an increase in taxes on guns from 10% to 30%, while ammunition would be taxed at a rate of 50%. The money raised from the tax would fund gun violence research and prevention, while reinforcing existing gun laws.
Warren also has her sights set on the private equity industry. Her plan is not specific on costs or rates yet, but her Wall Street reform plan promises to change tax rules so that firms "that make bad investments would be held accountable instead of walking away from the wreckage with millions in fees and payouts."
As part of her climate change agenda, Warren aims to have the military achieve carbon net-zero emissions by 2030. Military contractors will also have to meet this standard, and those who don't will pay a fee amounting to 1% of the total value of the contract, which will be reinvested into improving military infrastructure.
While Medicare for All was first proposed by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Warren has thrown her support behind the biggest remaking of the American health-care system since the signing of the Affordable Care Act in 2012.
The specific details and tax rates of Warren's plan had been murky, but experts estimate the program could cost up to $32 trillion over 10 years. In November, however, she said her Medicare for All proposal would require $20.5 trillion in new federal spending.
The Warren Medicare for All proposal also includes a capital gains tax and two new taxes on financial companies, including a "systemic risk fee" and a transactions tax.
Warren's approach, she said, would cost the country "just under" the $52 trillion estimated cost of the current system over a decade.
Correction: This article was updated to reflect that Warren's Ultra-Millionaire Tax targets net worth.