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Advisors, try to breathe just a tiny sigh of relief, your clients just got a victory. It is being reported by prominent political paper The Hill that big Washington lobbyists have already succeeded in greatly watering down Biden’s tax plans, and perhaps eliminating their chances. Evidently lobbyists have done very well at getting middle of the road Democrats to turn against Biden’s tax plans. Biden’s plans include increasing long-term capital gains taxes to regular income tax levels and eliminating the “step-up in basis” at death in inheritance.
FINSUM: This has two clear effects on Biden’s plan. Firstly, because the numbers are so tight, Biden can’t afford to lose anyone from his party in a vote. Secondly, and relatedly, this means the middle of the road Democrats have a lot more power to shape the proposal that makes it to a vote.
We will be the first to admit we were wrong (at least partially). When the infrastructure bill passed without any of Biden’s proposed tax increases it seemed like we might be in the clear for the rest of 2021. While this newest “death knell” proposal likely won’t be finalized in calendar year 2021, we definitely spoke too soon. Biden’s new $3.5 spending package includes all the tax proposals advisors dreaded: like higher long-term capital gains taxes and the elimination of basis “step-up” in inheritance. FINSUM: The “death tax” of the elimination in “basis step-up” is very real as it means that unrealized gains accumulated over the course of a lifetime suddenly become taxable to the next generation. Chuck Grassley, US Senator from Iowa, has jut written a very informative piece about this particular tax idea and its damaging legacy in the US heartland. Find that here.