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Tax Stimulus Report Card: House Bill

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Rosanne Altshuler; Leonard E. Burman; Howard Gleckman; Elaine Maag; Eric Toder; Roberton Williams

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Economic Well-being; Federal Budgets & Fiscal Policy; Tax Distribution and Economic Trends; Taxes and Social Programs

Type: Report

Abstract:

The Tax Policy Center has graded the key tax provisions of the pending House stimulus bill (the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Plan of 2009"). Our grades, which rely on the bill's legislative language, focus on how well these measures would boost the economy in the short run. Accompanying write-ups describe current law, the proposed change, and the short- and long-term effects on the budget, the economy, fairness and tax complexity. We will update the report card as we learn more about the provisions and as the stimulus bill moves through Congress.