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On Wednesday, April 27, 2017, President Trump outlined his plan for income tax reform. His plan includes the following: decreasing the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%; imposing a one-time tax on the repatriation of previously untaxed overseas profits at a to-be-determined rate; conversion from the current system of taxation on worldwide profits to a territorial-tax system in which foreign profits are not taxed; decreasing the number of income tax brackets from seven (7) to three (3); a top individual income tax rate of 35% (down from the current 39.6 percent); maintaining the long-term capital gains and dividends tax rate at a maximum rate of 20%; repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax, Estate Tax, and 3.8% Medicare tax on Net Investment Income; elimination of itemized deductions (deduction for state and local taxes); and doubling of the standard deduction (from $12,000 to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly and from $6,000 to $12,000 for single filers). The 15% corporate rate would apply to profits of pass-through businesses (S Corporations and LLCs) whose profits currently flow through to individual taxpayers and are taxed at a current rate as high as 39.6%. Itemized tax deductions for charitable contributions, mortgage interest and retirement savings will remain in place.