Business – Megan McArdle – Wall Street’s Obama Fury: Sometimes Even Spoiled Brats Have a Point – The Atlantic

And how in the world is realizing capital gains by selling a portion of one’s business a “loophole?” The proposed tax isn’t aimed at some types of sale transactions which could be argued don’t actually transfer the business interest; it would apply to any sale of any amount of a business which advises such funds (see page 139 of the proposed American Jobs Act).  Is selling stock after holding it for 1 year rather than 364 days a “loophole” because the sale then qualifies for long-term capital gain treatment?) If selling some or all of a business is a “loophole,” then the term “loophole” has no meaning other than “something which enables people I don’t like to reduce their taxes.”

via Business – Megan McArdle – Wall Street’s Obama Fury: Sometimes Even Spoiled Brats Have a Point – The Atlantic.

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