Year End Tax Proposal Hysteria

Do we have a tax deal? Or, not.

I personally hate putting too much effort on proposed legislation – seeing that the most proposals never get passed or get changed significantly.

And, this new Obama/Republican deal is not different.  There are only 20 days left – Obama says it will pass.  House Democrats say maybe not.  Republicans have been pretty quiet (probably satisfied that this has become a big win-win for them – get the law passed, big win; it fails, big loss for Democrats – ie big win for Republicans).  Something tells me that this whole thing might collapse – House Democrats trying to figure out if this helps or hurts them; or maybe rebelling against Obama will help them; or who knows.

Anyway, if  you are interested in the details of the tax deal – as they stand today – check out Attorney Martin Shenkman’s piece on it:

http://www.laweasy.com/t/20101207070654/president-obama-tax-compromise-proposal-december-6-2010

Personally, I want to see something on the income taxes happen – more money in my pocket actually means a lot to me.  But, on the estate tax side, I want to see the law revert back to 2001.  It will wake up a lot of people to start doing some planning.  Which is a good thing (at least for my profession!)

Have a great weekend!

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