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Baucus III

The tax community is still waiting for the third version of the Baucus substitute to be released. A "trial balloon" draft circulated yesterday made certain changes, but failed to address many of the sticking points holding up the overall bill. Meanwhile, Senators Baucus and Reid spent most of yesterday negotiating with swing Republican votes -- at this point, just Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins -- to identify what changes are necessary in order to gain the 59th and 60th votes needed. As CongressDaily reports: The chief target appears to be $24 billion to extend higher Medicaid matching ...

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By |2014-06-16T18:11:52+00:00June 23rd, 2010|Tax Policy, The Washington Wire|Comments Off on Baucus III

Latest on Payroll Tax Hike and Extenders

Earlier today, the Senate voted earlier on its version of the "extenders plus" bill passed by the House a few weeks back. The vote, on a motion to waive a Budget Act point of order, failed miserably (45-52), indicating the Senate Leadership has a long way to go before they gather the sixty votes necessary to move forward. With this morning's vote behind us, the process moving forward is becoming clearer--Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) is expected to introduce a new substitute today. According to BNA: Baucus is expected to draw up a new substitute amendment that will be a ...

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By |2014-02-28T18:26:04+00:00June 16th, 2010|Tax Policy, The Washington Wire|Comments Off on Latest on Payroll Tax Hike and Extenders

The Washington Post Discovers Small Employer

The Washington Post this week reported on an issue that shouldn't come as a surprise for S-CORP readers: President Obama's tax plans could hurt many of America's small businesses. Small business owners who report their business profits on their personal income returns (like most small business owners do) are suddenly finding themselves classified as the "richest" Americans, and thereby subject to Obama's tax increases. The Post explains: Across the nation, many business owners are watching anxiously as the President undertakes expensive initiatives to overhaul health care and expand educational opportunities, while also reining in runaway budget deficits. Already, Obama has ...

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By |2014-06-16T21:01:11+00:00April 28th, 2009|Tax Policy, The Washington Wire|Comments Off on The Washington Post Discovers Small Employer

Small Business and Tax Rates — The Debate Continues

The advocates over at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a new study last week demonstrating, once again, how few "real" small businesses would be adversely affected by raising the top two income tax rates back to their old 39.6 and 36 percent levels. As their study states: "Some critics of the President's budget charge that his proposals to roll back tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes over $250,000 would harm small businesses. In fact, only 8.9 percent of people with any small business income have incomes of over $250,000 and, thus, would even potentially be affected ...

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By |2014-06-17T16:20:38+00:00March 4th, 2009|Tax Policy, The Washington Wire|Comments Off on Small Business and Tax Rates — The Debate Continues

Obama’s Tax Plans Take Shape

President Obama released a 140-page outline of his budget today that reflects his revenue and spending priorities for the next couple of years. Chief among these is a major change in federal health care policies. As made clear in his speech to Congress the other day, health care reform is first among the several big reforms on the table and his budget sets aside $634 billion of the estimated $1 trillion he plans to spend on the plan. To raise the $634 billion, Obama calls for: 1) limiting itemized deductions for families earning more than $250,000, starting in 2011; 2) ...

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By |2014-06-17T16:23:00+00:00February 26th, 2009|Tax Policy, The Washington Wire|Comments Off on Obama’s Tax Plans Take Shape