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Rep. Howard Berman's Statement of Support for H.R. 3996, the AMT Relief Bill

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Location: Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. - "I strongly support H.R. 3996, which contains must-pass provisions that provide Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) relief and extend a number of popular tax provisions set to expire this year. It also includes an increased refundable child credit and a deduction for property taxes paid by homeowners. Specifically, the bill would:

Cut Taxes for Millions of Middle-Class Families

Protect 23 million middle-class families from being hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax;
Provide 30 million homeowners with property tax relief;
Help 12 million children by expanding the child tax credit;
Benefit 11 million families through the State and local sales tax deduction;
Help 4.5 million families better afford college with the tuition deduction;
Save 3.4 million teachers money with a deduction for classroom expenses; and
Provide thousands of American troops in combat with tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Restore Tax Fairness

Close tax loopholes that allow the privileged few on Wall Street to pay a lower tax rate on their income than other hardworking Americans, such as teachers and firefighters.
Stop hedge fund managers and corporate CEOs from escaping income taxes by using offshore tax havens as unlimited retirement accounts, while middle-class families play by the rules and pay their fair share of taxes.

Ensure Fiscal Responsibility

Reverse years of failed Republican policies that have mortgaged our grandchildren's future with additional foreign-owned debt.
Protect future generations by not asking them to finance current tax cuts. Republican policies have resulted in $9 trillion of national debt, with an average daily interest payment of more than $1 billion. Each American's share of this debt exceeds $30,000 per person.
Responsibly pay for middle-class tax relief by cracking down on special-interest tax breaks for the privileged few.

Grow the Economy

Extend the R&D tax credit to promote innovation and high-paying jobs.
* Provide tax relief to millions of homeowners suffering from the current housing crisis.
* Ensure long-term economic growth by adhering to pay-as-you-go budget rules. These rules helped produce record budget surpluses and a robust economy in the 1990s by mandating no new deficit spending."

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