HR 4579 - Tax Cut bill - National Key Vote


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Title: Tax Cut bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill to cut taxes for married couples, farmers, students, and others, and to set aside a portion of the budget surplus for Social Security.


  • Establishes the "Protect Social Security Account" to set aside 90 percent of the budget surpluses for Social Security until a reform measure is passed.
  • Reduces the "marriage penalty" by making the basic standard deduction on a joint return equal to twice the deduction of a single return.
  • Increases the exemption from estate and gift taxes to $1 million.
  • Eliminates federal taxes on the first $400 of interest and dividend income for joint returns and $200 for single returns, except for capital gain dividends from regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts.
  • Increases the limits on earnings before there is a reduction in benefits for individuals who have attained retirement age but are under age 70.
  • Allows a 100 percent deduction on health insurance for self-employed individuals.
  • Extends the credit for increasing research activities, the work-opportunity credit, and the welfare-to-work credit from April 30, 1999 to February 29, 2000.