National Economic Council chair Larry Kudlow reportedly wants the IRS to redefine capital gains to include only returns from the sale of assets in excess of inflation. Were it feasible, it would make sense to measure all income and expense in real terms. But indexing capital gains alone by executive fiat would make no sense. It would cut capital gains taxes by up to $20 billion a year for the richest Americans and open the door to a raft of new, inefficient tax shelters. And it would do all this without the approval of Congress.
Still on the Hill: Extenders and highway funding drama. Today, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to mark-up its proposed restoration of expired tax breaks , and the full Senate plans to hold a procedural vote on highway funding legislation. Congress faces increasing pressure to move quickly