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Progressive groups slam Sinema over decision to close Manchin Bill’s deferred interest tax loophole


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Progressive groups across the country disagree with the decision by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, to remove the deferred interest tax loophole from a social spending and tax bill that should be passed by the Senate, claiming it provides “tax relief” for the wealthy.

The Arizona Democrat announced on Thursday that she would “move forward” in supporting the Inflation Reduction Act, the reconciliation package that Senate Democrats unveiled last week. As part of the deal, she managed to remove the deferred interest tax provision, which was widely used by wealthy Americans.

In a series of statements provided to Fox News Digital, progressive groups took aim at Sinema’s decision, arguing that the loophole has historically benefited wealthy Americans and should be closed.

Cynthia Carrizales, press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, insisted that Sinema’s decision to have the loophole closed “only benefits wealthy Wall Street financiers”.

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, is facing backlash from progressives over her decision to eliminate the carried interest tax loophole used by wealthy Americans from the Cutback Act of inflation.
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Cynthia Carrizales, press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, insisted that Sinema’s decision to have the loophole closed “only benefits wealthy Wall Street financiers”.

“Senema’s decision to protect a loophole that only benefits wealthy Wall Street financiers looks more like a job application after she loses her upcoming primary than an attempt to help Arizonans or everyday Americans,” Carrizales said. “Fortunately, despite Sinema, Democrats are on track to pass legislation for the first time in decades that finally forces tax avoidant businesses to pay taxes, reducing the burden on working families. .”

Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, said Sinema’s decision is an “affront” to Americans who pay their taxes.

“Senator Sinema’s insistence on maintaining the carried interest tax loophole is an affront to all who pay their fair share of taxes,” Clemente said. “His support for a tax break that exclusively benefits ultra-wealthy fund managers shocks consciences.”

Similarly, Americans for Financial Reform, a progressive nonprofit, favors closing the loophole altogether because it primarily benefits the “already rich.”

Progressive groups slam Sinema over decision to close Manchin Bill’s deferred interest tax loophole

Sinema arrives for a vote at the United States Capitol on August 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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“AFR has long sought the complete elimination of this loophole, which primarily benefits already extremely wealthy individuals,” said Carter Dougherty, communications director for Americans for Financial Reform. “The bill contemplated only extremely modest changes to this tax provision.”

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Sinema’s office, however, argued that the senator was doing “what’s best for Arizona” and concluded that disincentives to business investment could be fatal to the economy.

“Kyrsten has been clear and consistent for more than a year that she will only support tax reforms and revenue options that support Arizona’s economic growth and competitiveness,” her office said in a statement. statement shared with Fox News Digital. “At a time of record inflation, rising interest rates and slowing economic growth, discouraging investment in Arizona businesses would harm Arizona’s economy and its ability to create jobs. Senator Sinema makes every decision based on one criterion: what’s best for Arizona.”

Sinema was widely seen as the last senator needed for Democrats to pass the climate, energy, health care and tax plan, which, if it becomes law, will cap more than a year of intra-state negotiations. left. With his support, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said he expected all 50 Democrats to vote for the measure.

Progressive groups slam Sinema over decision to close Manchin Bill’s deferred interest tax loophole

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., speaks with reporters after a closed-door caucus luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 19, 2022.
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“I am happy to announce that we have reached an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act which I believe will receive the support of the entire Senate Democratic conference,” Schumer said this week. “The final version of the reconciliation bill, which will be introduced on Saturday, will reflect this work and bring us closer to the enactment of this landmark legislation. in the law.”

Sinema’s decision is a victory for the private equity industry, which is pouring large amounts of money into its campaign coffers.

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As previously reported, individuals and political action committees in the private equity and investment industry provided his campaign with $282,650 in donations this election cycle, making Sinema the sector’s sixth Senate recipient, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. .

Under this loophole, a private equity manager’s income can be taxed as a capital gain – a 23.8% levy – rather than regular income, which is taxed at 37.9%.

Fox News’ Joe Schoffstall, Tyler Olson and Megan Henney contributed to this article.


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