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Trump tells a red-hot rally in Nevada that he won’t tax tips

By Nathan Layne

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally in Las Vegas on Sunday that he would seek to end taxation of tip income, a direct appeal to service workers in the swing state of Nevada that polls suggest that he is far ahead of the November 5 elections.

The pledge, unveiled at a sweltering outdoor rally in Las Vegas, adds another detail to a Trump tax plan that included vague promises of tax relief to middle-income workers and small businesses.

“So this is the first time I’m saying this, and for those hotel workers and people who get tips, you’ll be very happy because when I get to the office, we’re not going to tax tips, people (are) making,” Trump said to a crowd of several thousand people.

Trump said he would do so “right away, first in office,” noting in prepared remarks that he would seek legislation in Congress to make the change. “You do a great job, you take care of people and I think this is something that is really deserved.”

Trump has previously pledged to make permanent the Republican-passed individual tax cuts that he signed in 2017 but are set to expire at the end of 2025. Tax experts estimate that this would increase U.S. deficits by about $4 trillion over 10 years compared to current ones. predictions.

As current law requires, tipped employees must report their tips as income. Eliminating this would further increase deficits without new revenues elsewhere.

Trump’s Democratic opponent, President Joe Biden, has pledged to maintain Trump’s tax cuts for households earning less than $400,000 a year but wants to substantially increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and big corporations.

The speech in Las Vegas was Trump’s first large-scale rally since a New York jury found him guilty on May 30 of falsifying documents to cover up a payment to a porn star on the eve of the 2016 election. first former US president to be convicted. of a crime.

Trump also continued to hammer Biden on illegal immigration at the southern border, a theme emphasized at a town hall in Arizona, another battleground state, where he told supporters there of his plans to curb illegal immigration and blamed Biden for problems at the southern border.

The rally took place in sweltering heat that reached 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Alex Maldonado, a 50-year-old father of three, said he was worried about the heat but wanted to support Trump, who he plans to vote for for a third time. He said he believes Biden has failed to tackle inflation, the southern border and crime.

“I tried to give him (Biden) a chance in 2020,” said Maldonado, a military veteran who works security at a Las Vegas casino. “But everything in life has been made harder.”

For days, Las Vegas residents have been dealing with unusually high temperatures, part of a heat wave scorching the southwestern US. However, the National Weather Service lifted its extreme heat warning for the area Saturday evening ahead of the event.

In addition to the fogging machines, the campaign has also set up cooling stations. During Trump’s event on Thursday, several people who had been queuing outside in the extreme heat had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

SWING STATES

Nevada is one of six or seven swing states that will likely determine the election. A Fox News poll conducted after the guilty verdict found Trump ahead of Biden by five percentage points in Nevada, an advantage roughly in line with the average of polls over time compiled by the poll- tracking website FiveThirtyEight.

Rebecca Gill, a political science professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, said she was skeptical that polls fully reflect where voters will stand in a few months, as many are not yet paying attention to the race.

Gill said she didn’t think Trump’s criminal conviction had fully sunk in with voters and could deter some moderate Republicans from supporting him. Additionally, a proposed amendment to enshrine abortion access in the state constitution, if it makes it on the ballot, would likely increase Democratic turnout.

“I think (Nevada) is 100% still in play,” Gill said.

Sunday’s rally comes on the heels of a three-day Trump fundraising campaign that included stops in San Francisco and Beverly Hills, where he raised millions of dollars from technology executives and other donors.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne and Brendan McDermid, additional reporting by Alexandra Ulmer in San Francisco; Editing by Ross Colvin, Daniel Wallis, Bill Berkrot and Diane Craft)

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