Taxmageddon Just Got More Frightening
BY DIANE ALTER
JULY 2, 2012
Political battles will take center stage in the second half of 2012, but few loom larger than the scheduled tax increases – “Taxmageddon” – set to take effect in January 2013.
Bush-era tax cuts, payroll tax breaks and other provisions set to expire next year could pack an enormous financial hit, harming the already-fragile U.S. economy and thousands of struggling families. While Democrats and Republicans alike are opposed to letting all the cuts expire, they disagree on exactly what to do about it.
Republicans blame U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration for the stalemate.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, has said Republicans want to extend all of the Bush tax cuts, including the “big-ticket” ones, and even some Democrats support reform of the entire tax code, but “the bad news is that President Obama is missing in action.”
“Unless Congress and the president act, January will bring us the largest tax increases in American history-a tax increase of approximately $500 billion,” Cornyn said in a weekly radio address last week.
President Obama wants to end the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000 annually. The move is aimed to garner more revenue for a government saddled with growing federal debt. The president has said that wealthier Americans are in a position to help.