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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:29 AM

Democratic Senator Floats Plan To Raise $200 Billion By Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes

A Democratic Senator wants to raise $200 billion over ten years by closing corporate tax loopholes, according to Bloomberg News. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) wants to ditch a slew of goodies for corporations, as well as a loophole that allows wealthy money managers to pay far less in taxes than middle-class families:
Senator Carl Levinís push to close tax loopholes will target corporate deductions for stock options and rates on investment income known as carried interest, seeking to raise at least $200 billion by one estimate.
In a memo to Democratic Senate committee leaders on Friday, the Michigan Democrat described proposals to end what he called excessive corporate tax deductions, scrap the blended tax rate for derivatives such as commodity futures and strengthen enforcement of the tax code, Bloomberg BNA reported.
The plan is estimated to raise at least $200 billion over 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the details. Levin told reporters he was sharing ideas with fellow senators and had asked the congressional Joint Tax Committee to estimate budget costs and savings for the provisions.
Republicans (and plenty of Democrats) like to talk about revenue-neutral corporate tax reform, in which every dollar raised if offset by a reduction in the corporate tax rate. Levin has consistently opposed this approach, and for good reason.
Corporate profits are currently at record highs while corporate taxes have plummeted. Corporations paid just a 12.1 percent effective tax rate in 2011. The corporate income tax used to make up about one-third of federal revenue, but today it makes up less than 9 percent. The corporate income tax used to follow along with corporate profits, but the two have become decoupled, with negative impacts for the federal budget:



http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/04/1539271/levin-200-billion-corporate-tax/

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octoberlib Feb 2013 OP
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #1
freshwest Feb 2013 #2
octoberlib Feb 2013 #3
msongs Feb 2013 #4
davidpdx Feb 2013 #6
Drunken Irishman Feb 2013 #7
davidpdx Feb 2013 #5
Scuba Feb 2013 #8

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 01:49 AM

1. Obama Sets Sights On 'Carried Interest,' Lucrative Tax Deduction Used By Romney


Obama Sets Sights On 'Carried Interest,' Lucrative Tax Deduction Used By Romney

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/carried-interest_n_2617817.html



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:01 AM

2. Elections have consequences, huh.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:12 AM

3. Thanks for the info!

That's good news. The above chart is really jarring. The corporate tax rate is just ridiculously low. And all the CEO's can do is bitch about entitlements and the ACA.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:27 AM

4. thanks to harry reid the repubs have senate majority. good luck with these lol nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:51 AM

6. +1

Exactly, see below. Levin and Feinstein are as much to blame as well.

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Response to msongs (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 04:36 AM

7. lol

That's a funny one! I forgot the Democrats were in control of the House too!



You do realize, even if Harry Reid had passed filibuster reform, we'd still have to face a Republican controlled House, right?

lol

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:50 AM

5. What do Senators Levin and Feinstein have in common?

Both are pushing major initiatives (Levin corporate taxes, Feinstein the assault weapons ban) and both opposed filibuster reform. I can't believe that either of them are naive to believe their initiatives are going to go anywhere. They might as well have been on the Titanic.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:04 AM

8. Ocean, meet spit.

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