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The Discretion of the President to Plan Cuts Under Debate

The Discretion of the President to Plan Cuts Under Debate

President Barack Obama has been pretty vocal about the effect that automatic budget cuts are going to have. These warnings are getting increasingly ominous from the President and the Congressional Republicans are preparing to counter these warnings as far as possible. Basically the Congressional Republicans are looking to aid the administration with more flexibility and that too in instituting the 85 billion dollars worth of cuts. They believe and have said that this one proposal could actually serve the vital purpose of shielding the most important programs. This should be done while the political fallout is shifted to the White House.

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This plan is undoubtedly facing extreme opposition from the administration. The administration has declared that it isn’t really planning to do much to soften the blows that have come upon the domestic and military programs. However, what’s worth the consideration is the fact that this is leading to apparent racks in the Democrats’ camp. This is essentially because it’s the lawmakers from the states who’re literally standing face to face with the deepest cuts. Now, this obviously goes on to say much as there are high chances that the Democrats might also be prepared to go along with the Republicans, simply so that they can manage to avoid arbitrary cuts to military programs as well as social services.

With the nation reeling under debt and that’s easily reflected with the increasing number of sign ups for programs like online debt consolidation, this political turmoil over the cuts seems literally unwanted. There’s hardly much time left until “sequestration” makes its way. Basically, the across the board cuts also known as sequestration have been scheduled to commence. It’s not surprising that the administration officials are not taking to this favorably and they’re still talking about the consequences to come in alarming terms. This is in spite of the fact that there was hardly any evidence of hardcore negotiations with the lawmakers such that a deal could be reached to avoid them altogether.

In spite of all this, a South Carolina Republican, Senator Lindsay Graham gave the impression of advancing the debate on Monday. He being a leading defense hawk expressed that this is actually the ideal opportunity to carry out the big deal. He said that he was willing to raise revenue of around 600 billion dollars provided the Democrats would be willing to reform entitlements. He believes that they can then fix sequestration together.

The secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano expressed that the automatic cuts would leave the country not so very well guarded. In fact, she also believes that this can actually leave the nation ill-equipped to meet terrorist threats. This is obviously going to turn into an inconvenience for millions of travelers too. There came further warnings from the interior secretary, Ken Salazar. He warned about campgrounds closing down and firefighting efforts being scaled back. He also spoke about lesser seasonal workers who’ll be hired.

Ms. Napolitano opines that there’s always a threat looming large. Though they plan to do everything they can to minimize the risk involved, yet it’s a fact that the sequester makes things really very tough.

It’s a known fact that efforts are being made to shift the responsibility completely to President Barack Obama and to cushion the attacks by the White House. Now, what’s important is the fact that Republicans were supposed to unveil legislation on Tuesday and they said that this would literally alleviate their biggest concerns. This measure is supposed to be effective because it’ll allow for agencies and departments to amass programs that had long since been proved to be ineffective. This is almost like a measure to prove that there were functions like say critic federal functions as well as air traffic control and meat inspection that had been spared.

Now, if the Congress happens to grant the White House the authority to protect the air traffic controllers and other such patrol agents, then the administration’s carefully devised plan is bound to lose impetus.

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Legislation Delays Cause TurboTax To Prepare For Short Tax Season

TurboTax 2012

Intuit Inc., which is the maker of the tax software TurboTax 2012, is getting ready for the tax season to begin late in 2012.

With the changes that are occurring in tax laws it is possible that the filing deadlines may be pushed to later in the year. This could cost the company a delay in revenue  of $50 million to $75 million. This could translate into a 10 cent to 15 cent loss in their per share earnings in the companies second quarter of the fiscal year. This was the warning that the company had  announced over the last week.

The company expects to make up the loses in later quarters and is readying themselves by staying in contact with federal tax authorities. They want to stay on top of the changes and develop software that covers all of the possible scenarios. They hope to be ready for whatever congress decides.

English: President Barack Obama leans back in ...

English: President Barack Obama leans back in his chair as he listens to the discussion at a Long-Term Fiscal meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With a mix of large tax increases, along with the across-the-board spending cuts, which will begin in January if there is no intervention from lawmakers,  it is creating a fiscal cliff. There is still no word on whether President Obama and the Republicans leaders are going to be able to bury the hatchet and come up with a resolution and get together on a new tax code, even if it is a temporary one just for this year.

Approximately 1/6 of all the tax returns last year were filed with the assistance of TurboTax 202. This year they are better equipped to face the challenges. With the use of social media, and on and offline commercials they have led people to the understanding of what TurboTax 2012 can do for them.

With the new tools that Intuit has installed, they will be able to help users keep up with the changes and file on time and accurately.

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Budget Seeks To Boost Tax Revenue

President Obama wants to adopt an idea put forth by Warren Buffet to raise tax revenue. The Buffet rule, as it is called, would target the wealthiest Americans for more taxes.

The White House is also proposing a higher tax on the oil and gas industry, fund managers and private estates. At the same time he would let the tax cuts to the wealthy from the Bush years expire. A further measure would raise dividend taxes on wealthy investors to the same level as ordinary income tax.

These tax proposals are part of his overall budget plan, which sets the stage for another fiscal clash with congress after the November elections.

Obama wants to replace the Alternative Minimum Tax with the Buffet Rule, which would tax income over $1,000,000 at 30%. The AMT is having unintended consequences on middle class Americans, because it was never indexed to inflation and the thresholds have not increased enough to keep middle income people from being effected. Congress has approached the issue with some patch work legislation that only makes the tax code more complex.

The Buffet rule has not gotten a favorable reaction in Congress, and with the presidential campaign gearing up, taxes are going to be a politically charged issue for 2012.  Congress is already at a standstill on deficit reduction and a lame-duck session of Congress later this year will only make it harder.

With a weak economy, an election year and a lame duck congress the president has a tough battle ahead of him on 2012 taxes.

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