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US President Joe Biden will propose to almost double the capital gains tax rate on the rich to finance programs aimed in part at correcting historic economic inequalities. For those earning $ 1 million or more, the new top rate, coupled with an existing surtax on investment income, means federal tax rates for high net worth investors could reach 43.4%. Unsurprisingly, Republicans criticized the initiative while praising their own 2017 tax overhaul. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said of the law, which cuts taxes for the wealthy and businesses: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. David E. Rovella

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