House Passes Small Business Tax Cut, Defeats Move to Modify Health Law

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The House votes 247-170 to pass a small business tax relief bill (H.R. 5486), whose offsets will also be used to pay for a small business lending bill set for House floor debate today. The House also defeats a Republican motion to recommit that would have repealed the recently enacted health care law's individual mandate to maintain insurance coverage. H.R. 5486 includes a 100 percent exclusion for capital gains tax on certain sales of small business stock, as well as an increase for 2010 and 2011 in the deduction for business start-up expenses. The tax and lending measures would be paid for by requiring investors who use grantor retained annuity trusts to hold the trusts for a minimum of 10 years and disallowing the use of the cellulosic biofuel producer credit for paper manufacturers that use crude tall oil.