The Joint Committee on Taxation has suggested over 60 options to close the $311 billion gap between taxes owed and collected. The report, requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Committee on Finance, and ranking member Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., consists of numerous revenue raisers, in addition to compliance provisions. The largest revenue raiser, to the tune of $164 billion, is a proposal to include in FICA wages salary reduction amounts used to provide benefits under a cafeteria plan or to provide qualified transportation fringe benefits.Proposals affecting individual income tax include a repeal of the exclusion for employer-provided care, making the dependent care credit the exclusive means for receiving tax benefits for dependent care expenses; a modification of the "kiddie tax" by increasing the age of children to which the kiddie tax provisions apply from under 14 to under 18; and a repeal of the deduction for interest on home equity indebtedness.
"High-priced lobbyists won't be able to eat their eggs Benedict when they see this report," Grassley said.
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