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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:22 PM

Details of tentative deal averting 'fiscal cliff'

A tentative agreement was reached Monday to avoid the "fiscal cliff," but congress will not vote on the deal and will miss its midnight deadline. The measure would raise taxes by about $600 billion over 10 years. Still unresolved is how to avert across-the-board spending cuts set to begin slashing the budgets of the Pentagon and numerous domestic agencies. Here are highlights of the tentative agreement:

Income tax rates

Extends decade-old tax cuts on incomes up to $400,000 for individuals, $450,000 for couples. Earnings above those amounts would be taxed at a rate of 39.6 percent, up from the current 35 percent. Extends Clinton-era caps on itemized deductions and the phase-out of the personal exemption for individuals making more than $250,000 and couples earning more than $300,000.

Estate tax

Estates would be taxed at a top rate of 40 percent, with the first $5 million in value exempted for individual estates and $10 million for family estates. In 2012, such estates were subject to a top rate of 35 percent.

Capital gains, dividends

Taxes on capital gains and dividend income exceeding $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for families would increase from 15 percent to 20 percent.

Alternative minimum tax

Permanently addresses the alternative minimum tax and indexes it for inflation to prevent nearly 30 million middle- and upper-middle income taxpayers from being hit with higher tax bills averaging almost $3,000. The tax was originally designed to ensure that the wealthy did not avoid owing taxes by using loopholes.

Other tax changes

Extends for five years Obama-sought expansions of the child tax credit, earned income tax credit, and an up to $2,500 tax credit for college tuition. Also extends for one year accelerated "bonus" depreciation of business investments in new property and equipment, a tax credit for research and development costs and a tax credit for renewable energy such as wind-generated electricity.

Unemployment benefits

Extends jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for one year.

Cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors

Blocks a 27 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors for one year. The cut is the product of an obsolete 1997 budget formula.

Social Security payroll tax cut

Allows a 2 percentage point cut in the payroll tax first enacted two years ago to lapse, which restores the payroll tax to 6.2 percent.

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OhioChick Dec 2012 OP
R. Daneel Olivaw Dec 2012 #1
DevonRex Dec 2012 #2
DevonRex Dec 2012 #3
itsrobert Dec 2012 #4
graywarrior Dec 2012 #6
itsrobert Dec 2012 #7
graywarrior Dec 2012 #8
Lochloosa Dec 2012 #9
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #12
alcibiades_mystery Dec 2012 #5
Coyotl Dec 2012 #10
Comrade_McKenzie Dec 2012 #11

Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:28 PM

1. 600 bn instead of 800bn over ten years?

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:30 PM

2. kick

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:40 PM

3. Thanks. KnR

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:46 PM

4. We got sold out

pathetic.

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:53 PM

6. Can you explain how?

I'm not being snarky. I just want to know.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:00 PM

7. 250K was the deal the American People wanted

that's how.


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Response to itsrobert (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:01 PM

8. I keep hearing that's bad but I don't get why.

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:27 PM

9. I agree....it's not that much of a concession.

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:43 AM

12. And The Capital Gains rate

Isnt anywhere near where it needs to be. That should be at least 30%.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:50 PM

5. This all looks pretty good

I really don't understand the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:34 PM

10. Occassional updates on C-SPAN now.

But nothing happening with live coverage yet.

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Response to OhioChick (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:38 PM

11. When the Obama haters lost CPI, they had to find something else to cry about. nt

 

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