President Obama has proposed funding his jobs bill by closing $467 billion in tax loopholes -- that's a $20 billion "cushion" over the $447 billion price tag of the plan he revealed Thursday, White House budget director Jack Lew told Reuters. Obama has emphasized that his jobs proposal will be totally paid for, and the extra revenue will further the White House's strategy of making the president look like the only reasonable guy in Washington and Republicans look like bratty children if they won't go along with the proposal.
- A limit on itemized deductions and certain exemptions on individuals who earn over $200,000 and families who earn over $250,000, which would raise roughly $400 billion over 10 years.
- A proposal to treat carried interest earned by investment fund managers as ordinary income rather than taxing it at capital gains rates, which would raise $18 billion.
- Eliminating certain oil and gas industry tax breaks that would raise $40 billion.
- A change in corporate jet depreciation rules that would raise $3 billion.
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