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Fiscal Cliff? Porkulus Front Bill


Last night just before 2 AM, the Senate overwhelmingly agreed to pass a bill that will avert the Fiscal Cliff.

The bill is pretty straightforward. Income tax rates will only rise on those making over $400K (liberals wanted $250K, GOP wanted no taxes to rise). Spending cuts will be delayed for 2 months to give the sides more time to address them.

So why is the bill 157-pages long?

Because when Washington does business and passes a huge bill, there are all kinds of little other pre-existing tax things most Americans have never heard of, but which needed to be extended, that also get into the bill. It’s just how it works.

1. There’s a provision extending a tax policy related to Puerto Rican rum.

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2. And a tax credit for 2- and 3-wheel electric vehicles.

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3. Something having to do with Diesel Fuel:

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4. An extension of some special rules for the film and television business.

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5. A gift to the car-racing world.

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6. Help to asparagus farmers.

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Some might think this is nefarious — that politicians see a huge bill and then sneak in all these random things.

The reality is more like these have been around for a while, and every time a big bill comes up about taxes expiring, they get extended too.

For the full text of the bill, see here >

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