Table: The Democratic Alternative

Party leaders are noodling cuts that would be smaller than Bush's and targeted more toward middle- and lower- income workers. Here's how the Democrats' plan is shaping up and how it compares with the Bush proposal.

SIZE

The Democrats would cut taxes by $800 billion to $1 trillion. Bush proposes $1.6 trillion over 10 years.

INCOME TAXES

Democrats would cut income tax rates only on the 15% bracket paid. Bush would cut all brackets, trimming high-end rates from 36% and 39.6% to 33% and creating a new 10% bracket at the bottom.

MARRIAGE-PENALTY TAXES

Both plans will provide some assistance for two-earner families.

ESTATE TAX

Democrats would exempt estates below $4 million or so but retain the tax for the very rich. Bush would repeal the tax outright.

PAYROLL TAXES

Democrats are considering lower payroll taxes to provide tax relief for the working poor. Bush would leave payroll taxes untouched.

Data: The White House, BusinessWeek

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