The House and Senate voted overwhelmingly on the evening of September 23 to extend three tax cuts amounting to $146 billion total, with $13 billion set aside for a variety of business tax breaks. Because the costs of the tax cuts are not offset at all, many believe that they will end up hurting the middle class in the long run.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a report highlighting how the "middle class" tax cuts will likely end up making the middle class net losers, once the cost of paying for the tax cuts is considered. The report can be read here.
The legisltation, which was passed 92-3 in the Senate and 339-65 in the House, extends the $1,000 per-child tax credit and tax breaks for married couples, and prevents the 10 percent income tax bracket from being applied to smaller amounts of earned income. The legislation also extends alternative minimum tax relief for one year.
Click here to read a Washington Post article with further details on the new tax legislation.