Daily Tax Update - February 5, 2007

TREASURY RELEASES "BLUE BOOK": Today, President Bush released his $2.9 trillion budget for fiscal 2008. The Treasury Department also released the Administration's Fiscal Year 2008 revenue proposals, commonly referred to as the "Blue Book."

  • The Administration's FY 2008 budget includes measures to permanently extend the President's tax relief enacted in 2001 and 2003 at a cost of $1.6 trillion over 10 years. The budget also includes a one-year "patch" for the AMT. As part of Treasury's strategy to address the tax gap, the President's budget requests $11.095 billion in appropriations for the IRS to expand its enforcement activity and to continue improvements in taxpayer service. The President's proposal for a new standard deduction to make health insurance more affordable and a set of proposals to improve compliance with the U.S. tax system are also included.
  • Today, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) said that the President’s budget plan "clings to the same misguided policies: costly tax cuts that primarily benefit the wealthiest, cuts in domestic priorities, and more fiscal irresponsibility."
  • The document can be accessed via: http://www.treas.gov/offices/tax-policy/library/bluebk07.pdf
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