The 2001 Tax Cut
At last we have the final version of the tax cut, containing elements
of both the House and Senate versions of the bill. In a rare weekend
session on May 26, both houses of Congress voted for the compromise
created in the Conference Committee before leaving town for the Memorial
The biggest surprise in the final version is that the tax act contains a
provision repealing itself as of the end of 2010. Unless Congress takes
further action, all the tax cuts go away and the estate tax leaps back
into existence on January 1, 2011. Of course, no one expects Congress to
sit by and watch a huge tax increase take effect 10 years from now. Yet
this tax increase is now built into our national budgetary assumptions.
In the bizarre world of budgetary politics, Congress will have to enact
a massive tax cut to prevent this huge tax increase from
What's in the New Tax
Learn about what's in the new tax law on the following pages:
This is where we look at the refund checks we'll be seeing soon, the
changes in tax rates and tax benefits for children.
Is it repealed? Well, sort of.
A tiny smidgeon of temporary relief..
The new tax law includes stunning new benefits for education
that haven't received much publicity.
savings. Nearly half of the new law has to do with IRAs and
other retirement savings provisions. The most important provisions
increase the amount you can contribute to an IRA or 401k plan.
If you need access to the law itself, these use these links for files in
Summary from the Joint Committee on Taxation
by Kaye Thomas
May 27, 2001
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