Obama Reconsiders Tax On Mortgage Interest, Charitable Donations

04/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • JOHN D. MCKINNON and MARTIN VAUGHAN Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is meeting strong Democratic Party resistance to his proposal to reduce tax deductions enjoyed by upper-income Americans and could be forced to drop or modify the idea.

Mr. Obama in his budget blueprint last week proposed a cap on itemized deductions for mortgage interest and charitable donations to help pay for his health-care overhaul. The plan would cost wealthier taxpayers about $318 billion in new taxes over 10 years, according to government estimates.

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