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Estate Tax & PAYGO


The House is scheduled to take up a Paygo bill — short for b”pay-as-you-go” — this week that makes room for an estate tax fix. Paygo was established back in 1990 as a means of controlling the Federal deficit. Under Paygo, any increase in the deficit, either by a reduction in revenues or an increase in mandatory spending, must either be fully offset or it will be added to the Paygo scorecard and possibly trigger an across-the-board spending cut (called sequestration) at the end of the fiscal year.


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2019-02-06T17:21:56+00:00July 21, 2009|

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|

Tax Bill Offset Tally

To simplify tracking of the various tax bills under consideration by Congress, we’ve put together a chart of what’s moving and what’s being discussed, including separate tax bills on the AMT, energy production, education, housing, family tax relief, children’s health insurance, and international tax provisions.

As you can see, the total cost of the bills contemplated could exceed $1 trillion (!) over ten years. That’s a lot of offsets for Congress to generate, which suggests many of these bills will be delayed and/or scrapped as Congress weighs the benefits of action

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2019-02-06T18:44:38+00:00June 11, 2007|