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Monday, December 31, 2012

Let's make a deal: An outline emerges to avoid 'cliff'

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Ezra Klein is Twittering details of a congressional deal on taxes and spending (at least it's a deal on the Senate side; House Republicans such as Tiny Tim Griffin have yet to be heard from on a deal that would increase taxes on the well-to-do). What Ezra is saying so far:


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.

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

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

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

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

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

Here's more from Politico. This deal won't be completed today, if ever.

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