August 21, 2019 / 4:34 PM / a year ago

UPDATE 2-Trump says not looking at changing capital gains tax

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WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he is not looking to index capital gains taxes to the inflation rate, which could slash the taxes that investors pay on profits from asset sales, or to cut payroll taxes.

"I've studied indexing for a long time and I think it will be perceived - if I do it - as somewhat elitist. I don't want to do that," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I think indexing is really probably better for the upper-income groups."

On Tuesday, Trump had said he was seriously considering indexing capital gains to inflation and that the White House has been thinking about cutting the payroll taxes that fund the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and Social Security.

But on Wednesday he said the U.S. economy was strong and did not need the tax reductions. (Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Lisa Lambert; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Nick Zieminski)

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