Tax-Cut Checklist

IT'S A DONE DEAL! HERE'S WHAT BUSH'S $1.35 TRILLION TAX PLAN MEANS FOR YOU

BRACKETS

Income will be taxed at lower rates. The top 39.6% level will drop in stages to 35% by 2006. Several other rates will fall gradually as well: 36% to 33%, 31% to 28%, 28% to 25%. The 15% bracket remains unchanged, except that the first $6,000 in income for singles and $12,000 for couples will be taxed at a new 10% rate effective July 1.

ESTATE TAX

The so-called death tax will be repealed by 2010. For now, the top 55% rate falls to 50%; the current exemption on the first $675,000 will rise in steps to $3.5 million...

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