Fiscal Cliff Avoided

I saw an editorial cartoon the other day. It was of Wiley Coyote going off the cliff. He seemed to be doing this regularly in the Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons. In this case, he was able to scramble, out of thin air, back to the edge of the precipice.

Early Jan. 1, 2013, the Senate, by a vote of 89-8, passed H.R.8, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” (the Act). Late on that same day—hours after the government had technically gone over the “fiscal cliff”—the House of Representatives, by a vote of 257 to 167, also passed the bill. The Act, which the President is expected to quickly sign into law, prevents many of the tax hikes that were scheduled to go into effect this year and retains many favorable tax breaks that were scheduled to expire. However, it increases income taxes for some high-income individuals and slightly increase transfer tax rates.

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