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That song topped the charts three men and a baby was box office hit and this -- -- and hit their television debut for talking about the year 1987.
And believe it or not -- We're probably paying more are.
More in tax is back then.
Kathy Pickering is executive director HR Block's tax institute help -- that study she's here to explain -- to you both thank you so much as a this is what the 25 anniversary of the tax reform act of 1987.
And an average family today's actually came last with all this -- eating this divisive.
Political -- going on about the tax policy this country.
We're actually in better shape today and we were 25 years they'll have so isn't that fascinating with all of this talking a week we get the tax institute at H&R block wanted to just take a look and say what happened and what happened -- now because.
In 1987 that was the last major tax overhaul so from then until now.
We we looked at Stanley -- four and what would they -- and yet kid in college kid in high school.
And what we found is that the -- Rates were pretty much the same.
But what's different now is all of those family friendly credits.
So in our scenario we had at college student so.
The -- is able to take advantage of American opportunity credit they had a kid in high school so they were able to take advantage of that.
-- -- that child tax credit and those things add up.
So even adjusting for inflation.
A Stanley now is paying about 600 dollars last.
Then they we're back in except really fascinating as you put it the effective tax rate back in 1987 was fourteen point 9% right in -- -- all the way down to six point 9%.
Can you characterize specifically how that came down so dramatically well and again what we did is of course in our scenarios we took an eight it it today we said in -- -- -- making about 80000 dollars.
Back in 1987 that would have been roughly ninety -- about 40000 dollars so that's the adjustment for inflation.
And then wins that we layered in those credits all the things that have been added to the tax code.
From then that everybody's is claiming about the -- there -- so there are so many of these credits now that apparently could account for the reason why the at 1040 handbook it's like almost three times is a lot as well it is AAP the instructions -- so much more over a hundred pages more than they were back then -- it's fair to say today's tax -- is far more complex than -- -- when it -- are more complex and when you're looking at those reform opportunities and also look at.
How what are we gonna be taking away from the families do you think that again today's political climate is so divisive over tax policy we just heard from the president yesterday yes -- were raiding the Ryan plan the Republican plan.
Is there any take away from your research that would suggest either policy.
Or philosophy if you will.
Is better for this country in terms of tax policy well when you talk about wanting to simplify the code you're gonna have to balance that against all of those things that you're trying to incensed.
You know people that can invest in their home invest.
In their retirement invest in their education and those are the puts in the takes that you're looking out when you're talking about reform all right Kathy thank you so much Kathy -- with H&R block interesting stuff thank you so much.
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