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IMF cuts forecast for US growth in blow to Trump tax plan

International Monetary Fund reduces projection for US economy’s growth to 2.1% for 2017 and 2018, saying president’s 3% goal is unlikely
The IMF has dropped the assumption that Donald Trump’s fiscal plans will boost growth.
 The IMF has dropped the assumption that Donald Trump’s fiscal plans will boost growth. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday it had cut its growth forecasts for the US economy to 2.1% in 2017 and 2018, dropping its assumption that the Trump administration’s tax cut and fiscal spending plans would boost growth.
In a statement following a review of US economic policies, the IMF said the Trump administration’s push for annual growth of over 3% for a sustained period was unlikely to be achieved partly because the labor market is already at a level consistent with full employment.
The IMF in April had forecast US growth of 2.3% for 2017 and 2.5% for 2018, based partly on gains from expected tax cuts and new federal spending. But given the lack of details on the US administration’s “still evolving policy plans” the IMF said it had decided to remove the assumed stimulus from its forecasts.
The IMF said the Trump administration’s latest budget plans would place a disproportionate share of spending cuts on to low- and middle-income households, adding: “This would appear counter to the budget’s goals of promoting safety and prosperity for all Americans.”
Instead, the fund suggested a tax policy that would improve the federal revenue-to-GDP ratio, more balanced cuts that would strengthen the social safety net’s efficiency, and efforts to contain healthcare cost inflation.
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