TaxProf Blog

Editor: Paul L. Caron
Pepperdine University School of Law

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Sunday, April 15, 2012

WSJ: Buffett Rule Would Reduce Federal Tax Revenues by $800 Billion

Wall Street Journal, The Buffett Tax Loss: It Turns Out This Obama Proposal Will Cost Federal Revenue:

The case for the Buffett tax keeps eroding. When President Obama announced the idea, he said it would help "stabilize our debt and deficits over the next decade." Then came the inconvenient revelation that the new 30% millionaire's tax would raise only $46.7 billion over 10 years. ...

Now we learn that the Buffett tax the Senate is expected to vote on early next week will make the deficit worse. That's because both Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats have made it clear that their new "fairness" tax is to offset the revenue loss from another provision related to the Alternative Minimum Tax. That measure would exempt more than 20 million middle class Americans with incomes as low as $80,000 a year from getting nailed by the AMT....

The Joint Tax Committee—the official scoring referee on tax bills—calculates that the combination of AMT repeal for the middle class and the Buffett tax would add $793.3 billion to the debt over the next decade. As Mr. Obama has said, "This isn't politics, this is math."

The Buffett tax is losing any serious rationale by the day. Mr. Obama's position now is that we need a new fairness tax, because the old AMT fairness tax that was targeted at millionaires and billionaires isn't raising much money from the Warren Buffetts of the world. Instead it's siphoning income out of more and more nonmillionaires. So they argue it's time for a new Buffett rule, that is almost identical to the old Buffett rule, and no doubt in time will have the same unintended consequences.

The Buffett rule itself may die, but the name will live on as a metaphor for pointless public policy.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2012/04/wsj-buffett-rule-.html

Tax | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c4eab53ef0167651ce764970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference WSJ: Buffett Rule Would Reduce Federal Tax Revenues by $800 Billion:

Comments

"Fairness' to a democrat is a code word for "Class warfare"

See, if liberals can play the 'code word' game. . .

Posted by: Ryan M. | Apr 16, 2012 8:23:19 AM

I particularly like the notion of naming tax policy after a guy who is currently in court fighting the IRS over millions in tax dollars owed.

Posted by: the wolf | Apr 16, 2012 10:19:30 AM

Professor Caron....Logical fallacy much ? Conflating AMT Tax relief for the middle class, with the Buffet Rule would fool only the dimmest minds...
But playing by your rules where any tax policy can be identified as any other...Let take it all the way to its logical conclusion.... Remember...

Bottom line for all you "Fiscal hawks"....ALL the repub plans including Ryan's...INCREASE the Debt more than Obama's plan in every MEASURABLE way.

Posted by: bill | Apr 18, 2012 10:32:57 AM