Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2006

GOP advances tax-break bill

May 10, 2006


— Republicans in Congress reached agreement Tuesday on a five-year, $70 billion measure to extend tax breaks for investors and prevent more middle-income families from being hit by a tax aimed at the wealthy.

The bill would hand President Bush one of his top tax priorities, a two-year extension of the reduced 15 percent tax rate for capital gains and dividends, currently set to expire at the end of 2008. Republicans credit the tax cuts, enacted in 2003, with boosting economic growth and creating many jobs.

The measure also would keep 15 million families from being hit this year with the alternative minimum tax, which was designed to make sure the wealthy paid taxes but is ensnaring more and more middle-income families because it is not indexed for inflation.

The accord paves the way for House approval today. The Senate could clear the bill for Bush's desk by week's end.


xenophonschild 12 years, 1 month ago

Ya gotta love'em. Republicans constantly, regardless of anything else, work to reduce the tax load on their only real, dependable constituency: the wealthy. No matter what.

erichaar 12 years, 1 month ago

Actually, since the tax relief passed in 2001, federal revenues are up. In the last year, they were up over 11%. Now if we can just get Bush to stop his deficit spending.

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