Here’s what it looks like as of late last night:
Officials in both parties said the agreement would prevent tax increases at incomes below $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.
At higher levels, the rate would rise to a maximum of 39.6 percent from the current 35 percent. Capital gains and dividends in excess of those amounts would be taxed at 20 percent, up from 15 percent.
The deal also would also raise taxes on the portion of estates exceeding $5 million to 40 percent. At the
insistence of Republicans, the $5 million threshold would rise each year with inflation.
Much or all of the revenue to be raised through higher taxes on the wealthy would help hold down the amount paid to the Internal Revenue Service by the middle class.
I did a lot of ranting on Twitter last night about the liberal reaction. Honestly, this appears to be good news for Democrats in spite of the knee-jerk “caving” talk from the usual suspects.