Sunday, July 26, 2009

Health Reform Costs

Three committees writing the lead House bill have called for an additional tax to be imposed on income above $280,000 for singles and $350,000 for married couples. The so-called surtax would run as high as 5.4% on income over $1 million.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., this week began pushing for the surtax to apply only to singles making more than $500,000 and couples making more than $1 million...

A surtax is a tax on top of a person's ordinary income tax. In the case of the House-proposed surtax, the income over the threshold would be taxed at both the top income tax rate -- scheduled to be 39.6% --plus the surtax rate.

The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the surtax under the $280,000/$350,000 proposal would raise $544 billion over 10 years.

read the CNN article

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