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8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/8-huge-corporate-h...

Throughout the months of November and December, a steady stream of corporate CEOs flowed in and out of the White House to discuss the impending fiscal cliff. Many of them, such as Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, would then publicly come out and talk about how modest increases of tax rates on the wealthy were reasonable in order to deal with the deficit problem. What wasn’t mentioned is what these leaders wanted, which is what’s known as “tax extenders”, or roughly $205B of tax breaks for corporations. With such a banal name, and boring and difficult to read line items in the bill, few political operatives have bothered to pay attention to this part of the bill. But it is critical to understanding what is going on.

Here are the corporate subsidies in the fiscal cliff bill that you may not know about:

1. NASCAR - $43 millon over 2 years
2. Private railroads - $165 millon per year
3. Hollywood studios - $150 million
4. Mining companies
5. Subsidy for Goldman Sachs Headquarters - $1.6 Billion
6. Offshore financing loophole for banks - $9 Billion
7. Tax credits for foreign subsidiaries - $1.5 Billion
8. Bonus Depreciation, Research and Development tax credits - $8 Billion