All that’s left to do now is sign the darn thing.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday (for the second time) to a $1.5 trillion tax cut, the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years. Party leaders rushed the hastily-drafted bill through Congress in a matter of weeks, holding no public hearings. It now heads to the White House for President Trump to triumphantly sign into law, his first legislative victory since taking office nearly a year ago.

Passed without the support of a single Democrat, the bitterly divisive tax plan underscores the two parties’ diametrically opposed visions of how best to grow America’s economy and support its people.

So what’s in this “massive” tax package, and what does it all mean for you?

Below are six strong and objective resources from various media outlets that help demystify this complicated and controversial measure that will inevitably impact every American.

1. CNN Money’s quick and dirty rundown of the bill:

2. The New York Times’ list of the tax plan’s key components and how the current system will change:

What’s in the Final Republican Tax Bill

House and Senate Republicans have released a final plan to resolve the differences between their tax overhaul bills. The legislation would cut taxes for corporations. American taxpayers, in large part, would also get cuts, though most of the changes affecting taxpayers would expire after 2025.

3. CNN’s interactive income tax calculator:

See how the tax bill affects your paycheck

With Republicans’ passage of one of the most significant tax reform bills in decades, everyone is asking the same question: Will my taxes go up or down? Obviously, every tax return is different and generalities are difficult. Is a person’s income from a job or investments?

4. 10 key takeaways from the Washington Post:

Analysis | 10 key takeaways from the Republican tax bill

President Trump is expected to sign a major overhaul of the tax code after the House passes a final iteration of the bill on Wednesday. It is his first major legislative achievement and has significant implications for individuals and businesses across America. Here are the 10 biggest things to know about the bill.

5. Two super smart, disagreeing economists debate the merits of the bill:

6. From the non-partisan Tax Policy Center: How U.S. taxes compare to taxes in other wealthy nations:

How do US taxes compare internationally?

Total Tax Revenue US taxes are low relative to those in other developed countries. In 2015, US taxes at all levels of government represented 26 percent of GDP, compared with an average of 34 percent of GDP for the 34 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


Six Solid Resources to Help Make Some Sense of the Republican Tax Plan 20 December,2017Matthew Green


Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland.

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