Friday, June 24, 2011

Here's a way to cut $1 Trillion from the Fed Budget

Center for American Progress recently released a report entitled “Cut Spending in the Tax Code” where we identified almost two dozen different expenditures worth up to $1 trillion over 10 years that should be the first to go. These are the low-hanging fruit. For example, we identified three groups of tax expenditures as particularly ripe for the picking:

  • The more than $40 billion in oil and gas subsidies
  • The subsidy for hedge fund and private equity managers
  • The deduction for vacation home loans

There is no justification whatsoever for these tax-enabled spending programs. And there are plenty of other such spending programs in our tax code. (see table)

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