Tuesday, February 2, 2010

UPDATED: Reuters removes story about backdoor taxes on the middle class

This morning The Drudge Report had a link to a Reuters story detailing all the backdoor taxes hidden in Obama’s budget.  Shortly after getting attention, the story was pulled by Reuters and replaced with the following message
The story Backdoor taxes to hit middle class has been withdrawn. A replacement story will run later in the week. 
Humm? I guess someone told them that pointing to tax hikes on the middle class is a no-no. Never fear, the blog PowerLine captured all the important stuff before the story went bye-bye.

From PowerLine
The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.
In the 2010 budget tabled by President Barack Obama on Monday, the White House wants to let billions of dollars in tax breaks expire by the end of the year -- effectively a tax hike by stealth.
While the administration is focusing its proposal on eliminating tax breaks for individuals who earn $250,000 a year or more, middle-class families will face a slew of these backdoor increases.
The targeted tax provisions were enacted under the Bush administration's Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. Among other things, the law lowered individual tax rates, slashed taxes on capital gains and dividends, and steadily scaled back the estate tax to zero in 2010.
If the provisions are allowed to expire on December 31, the top-tier personal income tax rate will rise to 39.6 percent from 35 percent. But lower-income families will pay more as well: the 25 percent tax bracket will revert back to 28 percent; the 28 percent bracket will increase to 31 percent; and the 33 percent bracket will increase to 36 percent. The special 10 percent bracket is eliminated.
Investors will pay more on their earnings next year as well, with the tax on dividends jumping to 39.6 percent from 15 percent and the capital-gains tax increasing to 20 percent from 15 percent. The estate tax is eliminated this year, but it will return in 2011 -- though there has been talk about reinstating the death tax sooner.
Millions of middle-class households already may be facing higher taxes in 2010 because Congress has failed to extend tax breaks that expired on January 1, most notably a "patch" that limited the impact of the alternative minimum tax. The AMT, initially designed to prevent the very rich from avoiding income taxes, was never indexed for inflation. Now the tax is affecting millions of middle-income households, but lawmakers have been reluctant to repeal it because it has become a key source of revenue.
Without annual legislation to renew the patch this year, the AMT could affect an estimated 25 million taxpayers with incomes as low as $33,750 (or $45,000 for joint filers). Even if the patch is extended to last year's levels, the tax will hit American families that can hardly be considered wealthy -- the AMT exemption for 2009 was $46,700 for singles and $70,950 for married couples filing jointly.
The Reuters story then sets forth a hodgepodge of tax breaks that are set to expire:
Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:
* Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;
* The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;
* The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;
* Individuals who don't itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;
The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free. 
So there you have it folks, the true price of Hope and Change. Any more Obama voters feeling suckered right about now?

UPDATE: White House gets Reuters to pull "backdoor middle class tax hike" story

Talking Points Memo details how the White House contacted Reuters to remove the story due to inaccuracies.

From TPM
The news service Reuters withdrew a story last night titled "Backdoor taxes to hit middle class" after the White House reached out and pointed out "errors of fact."
The story, which claimed the White House's deficit reduction plan relies on raising taxes against the middle class by allowing tax cuts to expire, was withdrawn at about 8 p.m. Monday, according to Yahoo timestamps. The original story ran at 4 p.m. The withdrawal promises a replacement story later this week.
"The story went out, and it shouldn't have gone out," said Courtney Dolan, a spokeswoman for Reuters. "It had significant errors of fact." 
She would not elaborate on the specific errors, but said Reuters will "address those specific points that were incorrect." 
"The White House did contact us and point out errors of fact," she added.
Via: Reuters


Just a conservative girl said...

My taxes are going to go way up. I am losing charitable deductions, I am pretty sure that I am losing part of my mortgage deducation as well.

We have made a new budget for ourselves. The things we are cutting are the following:
We will now do our own yardwork
We will eat out less
We will not go out to the movies, rent instead
We will not be buying a new car this year
I also will spend less money on clothes.

I don't expect anyone to feel sorry for me, I will survive mowing my own lawn. But the people you should feel sorry for are the people who performed those things for us. They will no longer be paid. Is the President give them the money they lose?

Clifton B said...


As someone who is self employed and a sole proprietor, there are no goodies for me. Since the bulk of my clients are non profit organizations, the higher taxes on the rich and cuts to charitable donations are drying up my business faster than ever.

I too have cut back big time. I even turned on the stupid Google ad to generate a little more income so I can still afford some of my creature comforts. Otherwise this blog will be called an Angry Black Conservative! LOL

Samuel Gonzalez said...


I got hit on my blog by a White House troll no doubt for my article on this topic. I guess they didnlike the way I accused the White House of muscling Reuters.

But why pick on little ol' me?

Ron K said...

will be interesting to see how the people react when the Bush tax cuts go a way and these are added. should be interesting.

Clifton B said...


Looks like you got a visit from Ellie Light, LOL! I can see why they picked on little old you, your blog is coming along extremely nicely! Keep it up, Sam!

Clifton B said...

Ron K:

The simply fact that we owe such outrageous sums, should be the tip off that they are going to have to tax more than just people making $250k.

Samuel Gonzalez said...


Thanks for the dap, brother. That's means alot coming from you!

Clifton B said...


Any time bro, you earned it!

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