Obama Tax Plan: Hedge Funders Could Pay $24 Billion More

03/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jason Kelly and Katherine Burton Bloomberg

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Executives at buyout, venture-capital and hedge-fund firms will pay an estimated $24 billion more in taxes over nine years if President Barack Obama gets his way.

Obama's 2010 budget proposal, released today, proposes raising taxes on the managers by treating carried interest, the portion of profits they take from successful investments, as ordinary income instead of capital gains. That change would boost the tax rate, starting in 2011, to 39.6 percent for most executives from the 15 percent they now pay.

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