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PolitiFact: In selling tax bill, Mnuchin does some cherry picking



PolitiFact staff
Friday, November 24, 2017

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday on Nov. 19, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said, “On the personal tax side, middle-income people are getting cuts and rich people are getting very little cuts or, in certain cases, increases” under the Republican tax bills.

Our ruling

Mnuchin said, “On the personal tax side, middle-income people are getting cuts and rich people are getting very little cuts or, in certain cases, increases” under the Republican tax bills.

Mnuchin’s suggestion that middle-income Americans would do better than richer Americans stems from an analysis that looks only at the bills’ change to personal taxes, not at other types of taxes being rewritten in the bills, such as business and estate taxes. Once the proposed changes to these other taxes are taken into account, the bills’ tilt towards middle-income earners flips to become a tilt towards wealthier Americans.

We rate the statement Half True.

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