Progressive groups target Sinema over decision to remove interest tax loophole from Manchin bill

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Progressive groups across the country are at odds with a decision by Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. a “tax break” for the rich.

The Arizona Democrat announced on Thursday that she would “go forward” in supporting the… Inflation Reduction Act, the reconciliation package that Senate Democrats unveiled last week. As part of the deal, she successfully removed the carry-interest tax provision, which was largely used by wealthy Americans.

In a series of statements provided to TUSEN News Digital, progressive groups targeted Sinema’s decision, arguing that the loophole has historically benefited wealthy Americans and should be eliminated.

Cynthia Carrizales, the press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, insisted that Sinema’s move to remove the loophole “will only benefit wealthy Wall Street financiers.”

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sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, is facing backlash from progressives over her move to eliminate the interest tax loophole used by wealthy Americans in the Inflation Reduction Act.
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Cynthia Carrizales, the press secretary for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, insisted that Sinema’s move to remove the loophole “will only benefit wealthy Wall Street financiers.”

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“Senator Sinema’s move to protect a loophole that benefits only wealthy Wall Street financiers sounds more like a job application for after she loses her next primary, than an attempt to kill ordinary Arizonans or Americans. help,” Carrizales said. “Fortunately, despite Sinema, Democrats are on track to pass a law for the first time in decades that will finally force tax-avoiding companies to pay taxes — lowering the share of the burden on working families.”

Frank Clemente, director of Americans for Tax Fairness, said Sinema’s decision is an “insult” to Americans who pay their taxes.

“Senator Sinema’s insistence on maintaining the tax loophole is an insult to anyone who pays their share of taxes,” Clemente said. “Her support for a tax break that benefits only ultra-wealthy money managers shakes the conscience.”

Similarly, Americans for Financial Reform, a progressive nonprofit, favors total elimination of the loophole because it mostly benefits people who are “already rich.”

Sinema arrives for a vote at the US Capitol on August 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Sinema arrives for a vote at the US Capitol on August 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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“AFR has long sought the complete elimination of this loophole, which mainly benefits people who are already extremely wealthy,” said Carter Dougherty, communications director for Americans for Financial Reform. “The draft legislation foresaw only extremely modest changes to this tax provision.”

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However, Sinema’s office argued that the senator is doing “what’s best for Arizona” and concluded that discouraging investment in companies could prove fatal to the economy.

“Kyrsten has been clear and consistent for over a year that she will only support tax reforms and income options that support Arizona’s economic growth and competitiveness,” her office said in a statement shared with TUSEN News Digital. “At a time of record inflation, rising interest rates and slowing economic growth, discouraging investment in Arizona companies would hurt Arizona’s economy and ability to create jobs. Senator Sinema makes every decision based on one criterion: what is best is for Arizona.”

Sinema was widely regarded as the last senator the Democrats needed to approve the plan on climate, energy, health care and taxes. With her support, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said he expected all 50 Democrats to vote for the measure.

“I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act which I believe will have the support of the entire Democratic Senate conference,” Schumer said this week. bring this landmark legislation into law.”

Sinema’s move is a victory for the private equity sector, which is putting large amounts of money into its campaign coffers.

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As previously reported, individuals and political action committees from the private equity and investment industry have given her campaign $282,650 in donations this election cycle, making Sinema the industry’s sixth-highest recipient in the Senate, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Under the loophole, a private equity manager’s income can be taxed as capital gains — a 23.8% levy — rather than regular income, which is taxed at 37.9%.

Joe Schoffstall, Tyler Olson and Megan Henney of TUSEN News contributed to this article.

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