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New tax law packed with obscure business tax cuts
Associated Press ^ | Saturday, December 25th, 2010 | STEVE OHLEMACHER

Posted on 12/25/2010 10:26:25 AM PST by andyk

WASHINGTON – The massive new tax bill signed into law by President Barack Obama is filled with all kinds of holiday stocking stuffers for businesses: tax breaks for producing TV shows, grants for putting up windmills, rum subsidies for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is even a tax break for people who buy race horses. Millions of homeowners, however, might feel like they got a lump of coal. Homeowners who don't itemize their deductions will lose a tax break for paying local property taxes. The business tax breaks are part of sweeping legislation that extends Bush era tax cuts for families at every income level through 2012. Obama signed the $858 billion measure a week ago. It also provides a new payroll tax cut for wage earners and extends jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed.

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_Increased tax rebates to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands from a tax on rum imported into the United States. The U.S. imposes a $13.50 per proof-gallon tax on imported rum, and sends most of the proceeds to the two U.S. territories. Previously, the rebate was $10.50 a gallon. The new law extends a more generous rebate of $13.25 a gallon through 2011. Cost: $262 million.

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_Extends a grant program for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy through 2011. Cost: $3 billion. "This is a great holiday present for the 85,000 American workers in the wind energy industry, tens of thousands of whom will now be able to get back to work in a sector that has been a bright spot in the recession so far," Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement.

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Boy did we get screwed. I don't see how we can look at the bill that was passed, with all of the spending it included, and conclude that it was a good thing. The Republicans should not have agreed to it.

Merry Christmas, everybody.
1 posted on 12/25/2010 10:26:25 AM PST by andyk
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To: andyk
Capt Morgans just moved from PR to STX...
2 posted on 12/25/2010 10:28:56 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: andyk

“Targeted Tax Cuts” are NOT tax cuts, they are LOOPHOLES! They are bribes for campaign contributions and gifts for favored constituencies...


3 posted on 12/25/2010 10:31:20 AM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: andyk

Same old, same old. With the same bad apples we’ve had for the last two years, little to nothing was going to change during the lame duck.


4 posted on 12/25/2010 10:33:57 AM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: freespirited
little to nothing was going to change during the lame duck

You're right about that. Let's see what happens in the next session. Oh Lord, please let me be impressed. Amen.
5 posted on 12/25/2010 10:35:13 AM PST by andyk (Hi, my name's Andy, and I am a BF 1942 / Desert Combat junkie.)
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To: andyk

Jobless benefits used to be 3 months,What happened?


6 posted on 12/25/2010 10:36:39 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: andyk
The purpose of the tax code is to grant unequal protection under the law to favored constituents and steal from unfavored constituents.

That alone is reason enough to declare it unconstitutional.

7 posted on 12/25/2010 10:37:54 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
That alone is reason enough to declare it unconstitutional.

Then it would fall under the DEMS 'protected practice' law.

They are doing it and have been for a long time, so they aren't going to stop now.

8 posted on 12/25/2010 10:46:48 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: andyk

The Democrats ate MY lunch!

I’m going to lose my property tax deduction; I don’t itemize because I have lived modestly, don’t have a mortgage on the very small home I live in for someone with my income. Without a mortgage, I can’t itemize. State and local taxes were the only deductions I had. So now I lose the property tax deduction. Thanks a lot.


9 posted on 12/25/2010 10:47:54 AM PST by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: Onelifetogive

Targeted cuts for them that write the bills. We have a political class that takes care of THEMSELVES. The show they put on - thats to keep us riled up to vote for them, but they take care of each other first. Find the breaks they give to them selves and use them.


10 posted on 12/25/2010 10:55:22 AM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Chode

I had no idea that we collect tariffs on behalf of territories, and then send it to them. Our method of paying for government has been completely turned on its head.


11 posted on 12/25/2010 10:56:05 AM PST by andyk (Hi, my name's Andy, and I am a BF 1942 / Desert Combat junkie.)
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To: Liberty Ship

This may be a good time to recalculate whether itemization works better for you.


12 posted on 12/25/2010 10:56:16 AM PST by G Larry (When you're right, avoid compromise!)
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To: andyk

Another bill that had to be passed, before we find out what is in it.


13 posted on 12/25/2010 11:01:56 AM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Liberty Ship

Grab a copy of TurboTax and itemize. It will probably
cover the cost of the software and put money in
your pocket by making the itemization simple.


14 posted on 12/25/2010 11:06:54 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: andyk
The republican coolaide drinkers will be along shortly telling you what a sweet deal you got, applying the Vaseline a day late.
15 posted on 12/25/2010 11:30:34 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: andyk
affirmative...
16 posted on 12/25/2010 11:32:28 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: andyk

We have the best Congress money can buy ... or is it rent?


17 posted on 12/25/2010 12:02:33 PM PST by devere
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To: Liberty Ship
"Without a mortgage, I can’t itemize."

That's a real tear jerker! How about we find you a nice loan at say 6 or 7% so you can play the game too.

18 posted on 12/25/2010 12:12:09 PM PST by An Old Man
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To: reefdiver
Targeted cuts for them that write the bills. We have a political class that takes care of THEMSELVES. The show they put on - thats to keep us riled up to vote for them, but they take care of each other first.

Any voting in this corrupt "Two-Party Cartel" is just vindicating these scumbags because most all are bought & paid puppets to their elite puppet masters/lobbyst. Voting today is a joke on so many levels.

19 posted on 12/25/2010 12:21:57 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: Digger
"Two-Party Cartel" = The One Party System. There is just a smidgen of hope the the "Tea Party" will disrupt this cozy arrangement, if not in this Congress, then in the next one. "Non illigitimi carborundum.'
20 posted on 12/25/2010 12:49:56 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Myrddin

Thanks, but I use an accountant; a good one. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that the way I live my life, I really don’t have any deductions except property tax. Property tax was, apparently until this change, deductible even if you didn’t itemize. Now, apparently they have taken that away. More punishment for the responsible.


21 posted on 12/25/2010 12:51:39 PM PST by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: andyk
Which only proves that Nancy Pelosi is a Genius.

Her famous quote, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” should be recited in the same breath as Abraham Lincoln's “Four score and seven years ago”.

22 posted on 12/25/2010 12:51:58 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: An Old Man

No thanks. I paid my dues up front.


23 posted on 12/25/2010 12:56:02 PM PST by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: Liberty Ship

Same here, I guess planning right is objectionable now hmm


24 posted on 12/25/2010 2:10:12 PM PST by italianquaker ( teabag the vote!!)
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To: Liberty Ship

>> So now I lose the property tax deduction. Thanks a lot.

Same here. This is BS!! It’s about time to invoke Rule 308 to clean out Washington and return control to the people.


25 posted on 12/25/2010 2:51:00 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: G Larry

If you don’t have a large mortgage, there aren’t many things left to let a private citizen itemize. Some of us didn’t buy a McMansion or use the equity in our homes to buy a giant SUV in the pre-2008 economy.

Now, I guess that was a BAD idea. The moral of the story is: If you have credit, use it. Charge big. Demand bailouts.


26 posted on 12/25/2010 2:56:50 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: andyk

“You’re right about that. Let’s see what happens in the next session. Oh Lord, please let me be impressed. Amen.”

I think too many people are betting everything on our win in the house to change everything. Although a victory of sorts, the election of 650 patriots to state legislatures was our big victory. It’s the state legislatures where we can attack the federal criminal fascists occupying Washington. Thirty state legislatures controlled by patriots can set numerous brushfires that the federal thieves have neither the manpower nor resources to control.

We’re looking at the wrong place to take down the criminal fascists in DC.


27 posted on 12/25/2010 3:51:50 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Liberty Ship
The article is poorly written...."Local" property taxes might not be what I know as my Riverside County Property Tax; whatever is called 'local' may in fact be quite miniscule.......but once again, it's poorly written.

And, anybody can itemize. The results have often been the same, as if you didn't, but you can indeed itemize.

28 posted on 12/25/2010 4:00:36 PM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: ErnBatavia

Sure you can, but your rate goes up. I just need to get over it and admit that my country has become Socialist. We are a Socialist country. There. I said it. We lost the Cold War in 1932. Democrats are commies.


29 posted on 12/25/2010 4:35:20 PM PST by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: Liberty Ship

Actually, if you read creature from jekyll island, the real damage was done in 1913 with the formation of the federal reserve bank.

If you have not read that book yet - don’t walk - RUN FAST - and get it tommorow. It is discussed often on this site, but I implore you to get it.

It will literally be a life changing experience in how you look at politics money etc.

If you doubt me, check out the reviews on amazon. Its a big book but a furious page turner.


30 posted on 12/25/2010 4:40:30 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: GlockThe Vote
If you have not read that book yet - don’t walk - RUN FAST - and get it tommorow.

It's sitting on my book shelf staring at me. Maybe this next week off is the time to finally hit it.
31 posted on 12/25/2010 5:05:14 PM PST by andyk (Hi, my name's Andy, and I am a BF 1942 / Desert Combat junkie.)
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To: andyk

I was opriginally a little leery thinking the size and subject matter would make it hard to get through. Boy was I wrong!

I’m not kidding - this book will change your life. Not in a good way either. What you will learn in there will horrify you.

I gave the book to my dad a few months ago and he still can stop talking about it. There is so much horrific stuff in there you will need a few drinks at least. It also goes fast and is a page turner because you will almost not want to believe what you are reading, but its all backed up.


32 posted on 12/25/2010 5:17:08 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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