Trump Proposes Major Tax Change For Workers Who Get Tips
Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Sunday, June 9, 2024. Trump said he'd scrap taxes on tipped earnings for hospitality workers if he wins the White House, calibrating his message for swing-state voters in Nevada as he fights back from his felony conviction. Photographer: Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Former President Donald Trump said Sunday that if he was reelected to the presidency in November, he wanted to change the tax code to exempt tip income from federal taxes, prompting loud cheers from a Las Vegas crowd.

Trump, who stopped in Sin City after a whirlwind tour of the west coast, told the audience that he wanted to push Congress to act, saying that he’d ask them to eliminate taxes for tips earned by restaurant and hospitality workers.


“So this is the first time I’ve said this, and for those hotel workers and people that get tips, you’re going to be very happy because when I get to office, we are going to not charge taxes on tips, on people making tips,” Trump said. “We’re not going to do it, and we’re going to do that right away, first thing in office because it’s been a point of contention for years and years and years — and you do a great job of service, you take care of people.”

“And I think it’s going to be something that is deserved — more importantly — popular or unpopular, I do some unpopular things too, if it’s right for the country, I do what’s right,” Trump continued. “But — so those people that have jobs in restaurants or whatever the job may be, a tipping job, we’re not going after it for taxes any more, that will be ended.”

“This is a long time Ron Paul proposal. His argument is that tips are gifts not wages. Always a crowd pleaser in Nevada,” Phil Kerpen pointed out.

“Tips are a financial thank you to show appreciation for good service and it makes sense they should not be taxed. That folks, is just one way to stimulate the economy & put $ back in the people’s pocket,” another noted.

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