The Washington Post fact checker on Tuesday gave House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) “two Pinocchios” for her misleading claim from last week that 86 million middle-class families will see a tax increase under the Republican tax reform law.
“Eighty-six million middle-class families will see a tax increase while they advertise it as a middle-class bill,” Pelosi said at a town hall in California on April 4.
That claim is misleading, the Post found, since more than 80 percent of taxpayers are expected to get a tax cut and less than 5 percent are expected to get a tax increase under the overhaul, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
Pelosi’s 86-million number comes from the fact that, in 2027, the last year of the tax cut, a majority of Americans will see a tax increase, while only 25 percent of taxpayers will see a tax cut. The bottom 80 percent of taxpayers—who Pelosi classifies as “middle class”—will see a greater percentage of tax hikes.