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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|

Budget Debate and Taxes

Everyone in Washington knows Congress will have to address the growth of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and the expiration of popular tax provisions over the next three years. Just how they will go about it, however, is very much up in the air.

Both the House and the Senate are considering their respective budgets this week. Lots goes into a federal budget, as you can imagine, but nothing is more important for S corporations than how this budget will address the AMT and expiring tax provisions.

On this question, the House and Senate are moving in opposite directions. The House wants

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2019-02-06T18:43:57+00:00March 11, 2008|

Peering into the Future of Tax Policy

We’ve been asked to gaze into our crystal ball and see what the future of tax policy looks like. For S Corporations, it looks a lot like when the Ghost of Christmas Future popped in to see Ebenezer Scrooge. Nothing has been etched in stone yet, but it’s still not a pretty picture of things to come.

On the macro level, three factors are going to frame the tax policy debate in the next Congress:

1. All the tax relief enacted in 2001 and 2003 expires at the end of 2010. Unless Congress takes action, tax rates on individuals and flow-through businesses,

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2019-02-06T18:43:57+00:00February 25, 2008|

President to Sign Fiscal Stimulus

The President is expected to sign the fiscal stimulus package on Wednesday. After two weeks of hand ringing and posturing, the Senate finally adopted a slightly modified version of the bill the House and the President originally had negotiated.

As sent to the President, the package would:

  • Send checks of $600 per filer and $300 per child to families with joint incomes of less than $150,000. Actual amounts will be calculated based on income tax filings for 2007, so expect the actual checks to be in the mail by late spring and early summer.
  • Encourage new business investment by increasing the limit on

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2019-02-06T18:43:57+00:00February 11, 2008|

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|