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PolitiFact Florida puts the Rubio and Bush tax plans to the Truth-O-Meter

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November

PolitiFact Florida looked at a couple of claims by Florida's GOP presidential candidates about which people would benefit the most from their respective tax plans.

First, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sparred with one of the moderators at the Oct. 28 CNBC debate, John Harwood, over the impact of his tax proposal.

Harwood asked Rubio, "The Tax Foundation, which was alluded to earlier, scored your tax plan and concluded that you give nearly twice as much of a gain in after-tax income to the top 1 percent as to people in the middle of the income scale. Since you're the champion of Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck, don't you have that backward?"

Rubio responded, "No, that's -- you're wrong. In fact, the largest after-tax gains (are) for the people at the lower end of the tax spectrum under my plan. And there's a bunch of things my tax plan does to help them."

As it turns out, they both have a point, so we rated it Half True. To read more about that ruling, click here.

At the same debate, Jeb Bush said that his plan to streamline the tax system will benefit everyone, but it will benefit the middle class the most.

"Look, the simple fact is that my plan actually gives the middle class the greatest break: $2,000 per family," Bush said during the Oct. 28, 2015, CNBC debate. He added that simplifying the tax code will boost economic growth.

We wondered, does the middle class really stand to benefit the most from Bush’s proposed tax cuts? That could be accurate if you examine the rates in a particular way, experts told us, but in practice it’s likely the highest earners would see the real windfall from Bush’s plan.

We rated his statement Mostly False. For more on that, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2015 3:07pm]

    

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