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What Trump’s and Clinton’s tax proposals would really mean for the middle class

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated tax policy in Sunday night’s town-hall debate, as Trump accused Clinton of proposing to increases taxes on the middle class.

“She’s raising your taxes really high, and what that’s going to do is a disaster for the country,” Trump said. “She is raising everybody’s taxes massively.”

The Democratic nominee disputed that claim, promising she would not increase taxes on any household with less than $250,000 in annual income.

Independent analysts who have studied Clinton’s proposals do predict that her agenda would increase taxes on many ordinary Americans, but Trump exaggerated the extent of the increases.

Typical American households — those that are richer than about 40 percent of the country and also poorer than about 40 percent of the country — would pay about $44 more in taxes per year under Clinton’s policies, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Clinton also said — accurately — that her Republican rival would increase taxes on many middle-class families.

Trump’s proposal “Would end up raising taxes on middle-class families, millions of middle-class families,” Clinton said.

Clinton was apparently referring to the effects of Trump’s plan on single-parent families and families with multiple children. Analysts have determined that roughly 8 million such families would pay more in taxes under Trump’s plan.

Real-time fact-checking and analysis of the 2nd 2016 presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will meet on stage at Washington University in St. Louis at 9 p.m. Eastern.

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