Donald Trump’s Tax Plans Receive Surprising Response

Former President Donald Trump‘s pledge to end the taxation of income service workers earn through tips was rejected as a “wild campaign promise” by a culinary union.

On June 9, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told supporters at a rally in Las Vegas that if he won the White House in November, one of the first things he would do would be to change federal law to not tax workers who earn part of their income through tips.

The former president is hoping to flip Nevada, a swing state he lost to his Democratic rival in the 2020 election, and a recent Fox News poll showed he had a five-point lead in the state against President Joe Biden, 50 percent to 45 percent.

“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, people making tips,” Trump said at the rally, adding, “We’re going to do that right away, first thing in office.”

He continued, “You do a great job of service, you take care of people, and I think it’s going to be something that really is deserved.”

Culinary Workers Union Local 226, a Nevada union allied with Biden’s campaign, dismissed the pledge shortly after Trump made it.

“For decades, the Culinary Union has fought for tipped workers’ rights and against unfair taxation,” Ted Pappageorge, the union’s secretary-treasurer, said in a statement.

“Relief is definitely needed for tip earners, but Nevada workers are smart enough to know the difference between real solutions and wild campaign promises from a convicted felon,” he continued.

Newsweek has contacted Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment via email.

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Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on June 9. The former president said he would seek to end the taxation of service workers’ tips if he returned to the…

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Trump also posted about the plan on his Truth Social platform.

“I am the ONLY Candidate who has ever called for delivering relief to our wonderful Service Workers by NOT TAXING THEIR TIPS,” he wrote, though former Representative Ron Paul touted a plan to stop federal taxation of tips while running for president in 2012.

“It was my idea that Tips should not be taxed, and only I will GET IT DONE—And do it IMMEDIATELY upon my return to the White House,” the former president continued.

“Biden could never, and will never, get done what I’ve proposed,” he added. “Hopefully Rank and File Union Members, Union Leadership itself, and Workers all over the Country, both Union and Non-Union, will support Donald J. Trump, because I’m NO TALK AND ALL ACTION! TRUMP KEEPS HIS PROMISES, AND STANDS WITH OUR GREAT WORKERS. PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT!”