PolitiFact: How much of a tax cut would a family of four get?

  • House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., (right) holds a proposed “postcard tax filing form” as they unveil the GOP’s far-reaching tax overhaul, the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 2. AP

PolitiFact staff
Friday, November 10, 2017

In a post on a congressional office website on Nov. 3, Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin said, “Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the average American family of four will receive a $1,182 tax cut.”

Our ruling

Mullin said that the average American family of four would get a tax cut of $1,182. The number is a reasonable estimate, based on certain assumptions.

What might not be obvious is that families who take advantage of deductions today might see their taxes rise. And even those who benefit immediately might see those gains turn into losses after 2023. So if you think this tax cut would be ongoing, or every year, you’d be wrong.

Unlike his colleagues, however, Mullin didn’t outright promise that the initial tax cut would last for more than one year.

Mullin’s statement therefore is accurate but needs additional information.

We rate it Mostly True.

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