Details of the fiscal cliff deal

  • January 1, 2013 - 8:20 PM


• Permanently extends tax cuts at Bush-era rate on incomes up to $400,000 for individuals, $450,000 for families.

• Estates would be taxed at a top rate of 40 percent, with the first $5 million in value exempted for individual estates.

• Alternative minimum tax would be permanently patched to avoid raising taxes on the middle class.

• Jobless benefits would be extended for one year, benefiting those unemployed for longer than 26 weeks.

• The 2009 expansion of tax breaks for low-income Americans would be extended for five years.

• Medicare payments to doctors: It would block a 27 percent cut in payments for one year.

• Payroll tax: Allows a 2 percentage point cut to lapse.

• Sequester: Delays for two months $109 billion in spending cuts.

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