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Chances for Year-End Tax Package in Congress Are Slipping Away

  • Republicans seek renewal of business tax breaks set to expire
  • Democrats want to make bigger child tax credit permanent
The US Capitol in Washington, DC.

The US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg

Chances are dimming that Congress will take up a multi-billion-dollar package to renew a cluster of business tax breaks and provide a more generous child tax credit before lawmakers leave Washington for the year. 

Republicans want to extend three provisions of their massive 2017 tax cuts: a write-off for corporate-debt costs, a broad tax break for research expenses and a tax break that allows companies to deduct all their capital-expenditure costs in one year. Democrats are demanding that any deal restore a more generous child tax credit of as much $3,600 that was part of President Joe Biden’s 2021 pandemic stimulus plan and has since expired.