Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has dropped a provision in the contentious tax cut bill that would have more than doubled taxes on carried interest. Under a loophole in the tax laws, hedge and private equity fund managers pay only the capital gains rate on their share of a fund’s profit, rather than the ordinary income rate. The former is currently just 15%, the latter can be as high as 35%. …I'm not against tax cuts, but this one is for the David Rubenstein-type oligarchs.
The House of Representatives, since Democrats took control in 2006, has consistently passed bills closing the carried interest loophole, and the increased taxes have been pushed for by President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. But the measures have always fallen short in the Senate.
Leona Helmsley was right, "Only the little people pay taxes." They sent her to prison pretty much becasue of that statement.