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Ron Eckstein, Communications Director, Americans for Tax Fairness

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Trump's Proposed Treasury Secretary Could Get $3.3 Million Tax Cut Annually from Trump Tax Plan

Mnuchin’s claim that “[t]here will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class” under Trump’s tax plan is disproven by his potential big windfall


Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that Steven T. Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Treasury Secretary, could slash his personal tax bill by up to roughly $3.3 million a year should Trump's tax plan become law. He would save similar amounts if House Speaker Paul Ryan's tax plan were enacted. Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alone could cut Mnuchin's taxes by up to about $500,000 a year by eliminating two Medicare taxes on high-income filers.

These estimates are based on the income and assets revealed in Mnuchin's recent financial disclosure statement filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. ATF's analysis of Mnuchin's income between 2015 and 2016, and his financial assets and their current value, is available here.

ATF's analysis of Mnuchin's financial disclosure form shows:

  • Mnuchin is easily among the highest-income one-tenth of one percent of Americans. His income was between $52.7 million and $71.6 million over the two-year period 2015-16, or $26.3 million to $35.8 million a year. (The varied estimates are due to the income ranges provided in financial disclosures.) His total assets appear to be valued at between $166 million and $397 million, assuming there is no double-counting in the financial disclosure. He is therefore positioned to benefit handsomely from Trump's proposed major tax overhaul and plan to repeal the ACA. These would both result in deep tax cuts heavily tilted toward the rich, and Mnuchin would spearhead the effort as Treasury Secretary.
  • Mnuchin could slash his tax bill by about $2.5 million to $3.3 million a year should Trump's broader tax plan become law and his income remain at the level it's been in recent years. Mnuchin would save similar amounts if House Speaker Paul Ryan's tax plan were enacted. [See Table below] These estimates are based on the tax cut that the non-partisan Tax Policy Center has estimated the richest 0.1% would receive under the Trump and Ryan tax plans in 2017--a 9.3 percentage-point cut in the share of their income paid in federal taxes under Trump's plan and an 11.1 percentage-point cut under Ryan's plan. (These are conservative estimates for Mnuchin. His income is far above the average for the top 0.1%, therefore his percentage tax cut is also likely to be above average since Trump's tax plan highly favors the wealthiest households.)

"Steven Mnuchin' has stated that under Trump's tax plan '[t]here will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class,'" said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness. "But that's at complete odds with the tax plans proposed by candidate Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. At his confirmation hearing, Mnuchin should be grilled about how as Treasury Secretary he would fix those plans so that they meet his test. Given how much Mnuchin stands to personally gain from these tax plans, the public may view Mnuchin's confirmation as Treasury Secretary as akin to having the bank robber guard the bank."

Clemente continued: "The enormous tax breaks that will be given to Mnuchin and other wealthy Americans by repealing the ACA and enacting the Trump tax plan are a betrayal of working families. Mnuchin and his friends on Wall Street get a huge tax cut, but millions of families lose their health care. Mnuchin needs to answer the question: 'What will you do as Treasury Secretary to keep your pledge to working families that there 'will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class?'"

Estimated Tax Savings for Steven Mnuchin from Trump and House GOP Tax Plans

Mnuchin total annual income, low estimate: $26,345,000

Mnuchin total annual income, high estimate: $35,778,000

Trump Tax Plan


House GOP
Tax Plan

Top 0.1 percent income threshold



Top 0.1 percent average income



Top 0.1 percent average percentage point tax cut



Mnuchin tax cut, based on lower income estimate



Mnuchin tax cut, based on higher income estimate




Income: Americans for Tax Fairness calculations based on Mnuchin's financial disclosure report filed with the

U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Jan. 10, 2017 and available here.

Tax Cuts: Estimates based on Tax Policy Center analyses of Trump and Ryan tax plans.[i]

Trump tax plan is available here.

House GOP tax plan is available here.

[i]The calculations are based on Tax Policy Center estimates of how much the average taxpayer in the top 0.1% would save under the GOP plans. Mnuchin's income and therefore estimated tax savings are expressed in ranges because the financial disclosure form allows for data to be reported in such bands. However, over 80% of the lower estimate is based on almost $42 million of precisely identified income figures. Moreover, the estimates are conservative in that the size of the tax cuts in TPC's estimates rise with incomes, and Mnuchin's income exceeds the average income of the top 0.1 percent.

Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse campaign of more than 420 national, state and local endorsing organizations united in support of a fair tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This requires big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, not to live by their own set of rules.

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