Ways and Means Committee Housing Tax Package Improves Significantly On Senate Version: But Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis Will Require Other Measures

Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Aviva Aron-Dine; Barbara Sard; Will Fischer

Research Area: Banking and finance

Keywords: Federal budget; Economic projections; Recession; Foreclosure prevention

Type: Report


Some of the provisions in the Ways and Means Committee housing tax package have merit, and the Ways and Means Committee tax package represents a significant improvement over the Senate’s version.  Unlike the Senate's, the Ways and Means Committee package is revenue-neutral, and it omits both an ineffectual special-interest tax break and a seriously misguided provision that would limit the ability of local governments to raise revenue.  The package also includes a set of worthwhile reforms to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.