Families and Businesses Would Get Big Tax Breaks in Bipartisan Tax Deal

A new last-minute tax deal could change the child tax credit, R&D expensing, and the employee retention tax credit.

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Enhanced tax credits for businesses and families could come under a $78 billion tax framework announced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.). The proposed legislation was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in late January but is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

If eventually approved by the Senate and signed by President Biden, the proposed Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 would improve the child tax credit (CTC), low-income housing credit, and R&D expensing. Additionally, if Congress agrees, the funding compromise would essentially bring an end to the much-maligned employee retention tax credit (ERC) and provide enhanced disaster relief for some taxpayers.

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor, Kiplinger.com

As the senior tax editor at Kiplinger.com, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.