Monday, December 31, 2012

"Fiscal Cliff" Deal

by Bill McBride on 12/31/2012 12:54:00 PM

From Ezra Klein:
1. Details on the deal: 39.6% tax rate for individual income over 400k/family income over $450k. AMT patched permanently.

2. Dividends and cap gains taxes at 20% of the $400k/$450k levels. PEP at $250k. Pease at $300k.

3. UI and business cuts extended through 2013. Stimulus cuts for 5 years. Medicare cuts stopped with offsets. Payroll cut expires.

4. Sequester unclear. Prez wants to offset with taxes and spending cuts. R's only want to offset with spending cuts.

Updates:
5. Estate tax set at $10m exemption but 40% rate.

6. Deal raises about $600b -- and maybe a bit more -- in taxes over 10 years. As always details can change, but that's where it is now.

From Reuters:

• Obama to speak on fiscal cliff at 1:30pm ET event: White House
• Source: Emerging "cliff" deal would raise tax on income above $400k/yr
• Source: Emerging deal would include permanent alternative minimum tax fix
• Source: Emerging deal would extend unemployment benefits for a year
• Sr. Republican aide: Tentative "cliff" deal contains no new spending cuts
• Sr. Republican aide: Majority of Sen. GOP expected to support tentative deal
• Cornyn via Twitter: GOP to meet at 2pm ET on fiscal cliff negotiations

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