Obama Tax Calculator Based on Data GOP Calls a ‘Joke’

Aug 3, 2012 11:20am

The Obama campaign has posted two interactive tools on its website, the most recent with a banner headline proclaiming “The Romney Tax Hike.”

It is an interactive map that claims to show where 158 million Americans “could” face a tax increase to pay for Republican proposals. The math for the map, which went live this morning, is based on a new think-tank report that Republicans reject and one Romney adviser called “a joke.”

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The other tool  is an online calculator where there is a space to enter a salary level, filing status and dependents. The page instantly produces comparisons to projected tax savings under Obama policies, past savings in the past four years, and an estimated projection of a tax “increase” under what it says are Romney’s proposals.

A disclaimer at the end admits the calculator “makes a number of simplifying assumptions.”

Posted online Thursday, the calculator is also based on the study from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution based in Washington, D.C.

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