As part of the Bush era tax cuts, the marginal tax rates (they increase with taxable income) were reduced to 10, 15, 25, 28 and 33 percent. These rates are set to return to their original levels of 15, 28, 31, 36 and 39.6 percent.
The 10% and 15% brackets will be replaced with a single 15% bracket. This results in an increase for everyone. Those in the previously lowest bracket (10%) will see a tax increase of approximately 5%, while others will see increases ranging approximately from 2% to 6%.
Dr. Paul said in his weekly Texas Straight Talk, “While it is nice to hear about business tax breaks, the positive results of these tax cuts will be dwarfed by its negative effects. First of all, $200 billion or so in temporary tax cuts and credits to businesses are nothing compared to the $3.8 trillion in tax hikes that will hit the economy like a ton of bricks on January 1, 2011 if the Bush tax cuts are not extended by Congress.”