Warren Buffett returned to Capitol Hill recently to meet with Democratic Congressional leaders and urge them to raise taxes on the wealthy. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was impressed. “It was interesting to see someone who is such an aggressive capitalist, [...]
Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and the world’s second richest man, told Senate Democrats that wealthy Americans need to pay higher taxes, giving Democrats something to mull as they address healthcare reform and soaring federal deficits. Senate Democrats met with [...]
In the 3/9/09 edition of The New York Times, Emory University tax law professor Dorothy Brown argues that we have two tax codes: one for the very wealthy and one for everyone else: “The question of how to tax capital gains and dividends is one of fundamental fairness. Why should tax law treat income from savings accounts differently from income from a diversified stock portfolio? Either we push up the rates on corporate dividends and capital gains or we lower the rates on wages and interest: it’s all income and it should all be taxed at the same rate.”
President Obama intends to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, in part by taxing the investment income of hedge fund and private equity partners at ordinary income tax rates and letting the Bush tax cuts for the highest-income households expire.