How President’s Deal Could Affect Taxpayers

December 8, 2010  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — President Barack Obama called the bipartisan tax agreement announced on Monday a “framework.” As yet there is no legislative language or even a comprehensive outline of the proposals, and its passage by Congress isn’t assured.  But its broad parameters do address a range of tax issues that have been in question for months or years. Here’s how the various provisions could affect taxpayers. Individual tax rates: The agreement would extend the Bush-era tax rates for two years for all taxpayers. Current rates would remain in place, with a top rate of 35%. Capital gains: Current rates would be extended, and the top rate on long-term capital gains would remain at its historic low of 15% for two years. The rate applies to gains on assets held longer than a year.

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