Daily Tax Update - December 5, 2007

SENATE MAY HOLD CLOTURE VOTE ON HOUSE AMT/EXTENDERS PACKAGE TOMORROW:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture yesterday on a motion to proceed to the House tax bill, after discussions aimed at reaching a bipartisan agreement for Senate floor debate broke down. The House tax package includes a one-year fix to the alternative minimum tax and one-year extension of expiring tax cuts. The cost is fully offset. However, Senate Republicans are likely to block cloture because they are opposed to the offsets in the House-passed bill and want to offer additional amendments related to the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

  • Today, Senate Finance Committee member Mike Crapo (R-ID) predicted Congressional "pay as you go" rules would be waived to allow passage of an AMT patch without offsetting tax revenue. 

TAX BILLS INTRODUCED DECEMBER 4TH:
H.R.4254: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a one-time increase in the amount excludable from the sale of a principal residence by taxpayers who have attained age 50.
Sponsor: Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] (introduced 12/4/2007)      Cosponsors (None)

H.R.4263: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a tax credit for charitable contributions to private, nonprofit charities providing health insurance premium assistance and drug co-payment assistance, thereby transitioning uninsured Americans into private insurance and transitioning Medicaid patients into private insurance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Melancon, Charlie [LA-3] (introduced 12/4/2007)      Cosponsors (1)

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