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Rate Debate Begins

Majority Leader Harry this week filed a motion to proceed to the Senate Democratic bill (S 3414) to extend the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers except the top two brackets. A procedural vote is scheduled for tomorrow.

Senate Republicans will push to have a vote on their own version which will extend current tax policies for all brackets. If an agreement is not reached on allowing alternatives, Republicans could try to block consideration of the Democratic bill.

So we now have competing proposals before the US Senate, which begs the question, does Leader Reid have the votes? He starts with 53

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2019-02-01T20:13:04+00:00July 24, 2012|

Latest on Rate Debate

Congress and the Administration continue to move through the three-step dance necessary to come to closure on the debate over extending expiring tax provisions.

Step 1 took place two weeks ago when the Democratic and Republican leadership met with President Obama. The meeting didn’t result in any agreements, but it did move the ball forward when both sides agreed to appoint six negotiators to begin talks — Treasury Secretary Geithner, OMB Director Lew, House members Van Hollen (D-MD) and Camp (R-MI), and Senators Baucus (D-MT) and Kyl (R-AZ).

Those negotiators have been meeting regularly and any agreement they reach would act as

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2019-02-04T15:47:03+00:00December 6, 2010|

Senate Passes AMT

The United States Senate last evening passed a one-year extension of the so-called AMT patch – a higher AMT exemption to protect 20 million or so taxpayers from being subjected to the AMT on April 15th. This bill did not include any offsets and it did not include any additional extenders, either.

Senate Republicans, as well as some Democrats – including Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus – have observed that, since much of the revenue collected by the AMT is accidental and was not intended by Congress, it is nonsensical to insist that protecting taxpayers from the tax should be offset

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2019-02-06T18:43:58+00:00December 7, 2007|

The End is Near (of the First Session)

Congress returns Monday with lots to do and just three weeks to do it. Here’s the list of must-pass items we’ve identified:

  • AMT Patch
  • Tax Extenders (Including the S Corporation Charitable Provision)
  • S-CHIP Reauthorization
  • All the Spending Bills
  • Increase Doctor Payments under Medicare

That’s enough to fill two months of session, let alone 21 days, but there’s more. In addition to these items that most observers agree must get done, there is also a long list of priorities that the majority would like to address before they go home for the holidays, including an energy bill, an agriculture bill, and more.

How will it all work out?

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2019-02-06T18:43:58+00:00November 28, 2007|

AMT Dominates Tax Outlook

For the past few months, we’ve been tracking the progress, or lack thereof, of legislation to protect taxpayers from the growth of the Alternative Minimum Tax. The two principle points of tension were:

  • Conflicting approaches between the House and the Senate. The House, under the leadership of Chairman Charlie Rangel, was pressing to do something permanent. The Senate, on the other hand, made it clear that they were only interested in a one or two year “patch” to temporarily stem the growth of AMT taxpayers.
  • Conflicting approaches on how to offset the revenue impact of addressing the AMT, or whether to offset

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2019-02-06T18:44:36+00:00October 18, 2007|