When Congress passed the new tax bill, we wanted a way for readers to determine what it meant for them. The proposed changes were so complex, we sought to build a tax calculator that provided an intuitive user interface that was still detailed enough to account for the many nuances of tax law in the United States and covered most Americans’ tax situations.
What we came up with was a unique tax calculator that allowed readers to input different types of incomes, assume a variety of deductions and exemptions, and account for state and local taxes, to find out whether their taxes will go up or down under the proposed House GOP tax plan over a 10-year time frame.
What makes this project innovative?
By working on a simplified version of the calculator from the first time the House released the proposals, we were able to develop the project over the course of a few weeks and refine it, with a goal to publish it soon after the bill passed. We were able to publish this within days of the final bill.
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
The House Ways and Means Committee -- the body that crafted the tax bill -- cited it as accurate.
Most readers found their taxes will go down under the plan, however at a cost of nearly $1.5 trillion in tax receipts for the federal government over 10 years.
Source and methodology
Dylan Moriarty, Graphics Editor/Developer
Elliot Bentley, Deputy Graphics Director
Jon Hilsenrath, Economics Bureau Chief
Richard Rubin, Reporter