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Taxing Wealth
Taxing Wealth
Obama wants to make the tax code more progressive.

· Tax carried interest as ordinary income rather than as an investment gain, thereby subjecting it to much higher tax rates than 15%.

· Freeze the exemption amount of estates free from the estate tax at $3.5 million -- where it will be in 2009.

· Freeze top estate tax rate at 45%.

· Raise capital gains and dividend tax rates to 20% from 15% for couples making more than $250,000 and singles making more than $200,000.

"We've lost the balance between work and wealth. I will close the carried interest loophole, and adjust the top dividends and capital gains rate..." -- Obama*

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Last updated November 06 2008: 11:36 AM ET
Source: *Sept. 18, 2007, Speech, Washington, D.C.
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