The Bonus Surtax

March 17, 2009

Chuck Schumer wants to tax "virtually all" of the bonuses being paid to AIG employees. The surtax being proposed by Gary Peters is 60%; presumably that comes on top of the regular federal income tax. But why stop there? If you set the surtax at, say, 150% of all bonus payments, then that would pretty much guarantee that the recipients would decline to receive them. Seems like an elegant solution to me.

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