US Senate Approves Tax Extenders Bill
Friday, March 12, 2010
US Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D - Mont.) has
applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation to extend tax cuts,
unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility for unemployment
benefits and health care for unemployed workers through the end of 2010.
The American Workers, State and Business Relief Act, introduced by
Baucus last week and passed by the Senate on March 10, extends
unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility for the 65% COBRA health care tax credit through December 31, 2010. The COBRA tax
credit helps workers who have lost their jobs continue to afford health
insurance through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.
The legislation also retroactively extends tax cuts for middle‐class
families and businesses that expired at the end of 2009, including, for
- The Indian Employment Credit and the New Markets Tax Credit;
- A tax credit aimed at encouraging small firms to hire military
- The five-year cost recovery period for expenditure on certain
- The temporary 15-year straight-line cost recovery period for
certain leasehold, restaurant and retail improvements;
- Accelerated depreciation for business property on an Indian
- Temporary expensing rules for certain film and television
- Modification of tax treatment of certain payments to controlling
- Improved treatment of certain dividends for Regulated Investment
- Extension of the treatment of RICs as 'Qualified Investment
Entities; and extension of the exception under Subpart F for active
- Improved CFC 'look through' rules.
And for individuals:
- Extension of the teacher expense deduction;
- Extension to the additional standard deduction for real property
- Extension of the deduction of state and local income taxes; and
- Extension of tax-free distributions from individuals retirement
plans for charitable purposes.
The bill also extends several expiring energy tax provisions and
disaster relief provisions.