Kamala Harris's Tax Policy Proposals

Since she could be a heartbeat away from the presidency next year, you might want to know where Kamala Harris stands on taxes.

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We've come to know a lot about where Kamala Harris stands on the important issues of the day since she kicked off her run for the presidency back in January 2019. She told us that she wants an easier path to legal status for "Dreamers." She promoted a phased-in "Medicare-for-All" plan. She pressed for an increase in the minimum wage. And, in a debate exchange highlighting her views on race relations, she even called out Joe Biden for opposing busing in the 1970s and for working with other U.S. Senators who supported segregation.

But what about tax policy? Actually, we know a fair amount about what Sen. Harris would like to do when it comes to the U.S. tax code. During her campaign for the Democratic nomination, we learned that Harris is no fan of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). "Get rid of the whole thing," she once said. However, she also pushed a few other tax proposals that go beyond just repealing President Trump's signature tax act, and they aren't quite as left leaning as the plans put forth by some of the other candidates in that race. Instead of soaking the rich, her tax proposals tend to focus more on tax breaks for middle- and lower-income Americans.

Since she could be a heartbeat away from the presidency next year, we all ought to know more about Harris's ideas – including the ones concerning taxes. So, to help you get a better sense of where she stands on this issue, we pulled together a list of the most significant tax proposals put forth by Sen. Harris over the past year and a half. If the Biden-Harris ticket wins in November, she'll at the very least be able to whisper her tax proposals in the new president's ear.

Rocky Mengle
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

Rocky is a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, he worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky has a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.