President Obama today proposed the imposition of a tax on financial
institution liabilities as part of his FY 2011 budget proposal set for release
in early February. This proposal already has created a great deal of controversy
in Washington, D.C.
The fee would impose a tax on the financial institutions that engage in the
riskiest behavior with leveraged or borrowed financing. The liabilities would
be determined by the appropriate banking regulator, collected by the IRS, and
placed into the government’s general fund.
The fee would apply to financial institutions with more than $50 billion in
total assets. About 50 different companies are expected to be assessed. The fee
could cover between 15 and 20 banks, as well as 10 to 15 U.S. subsidiaries of
foreign institutions. The fee would last at least 10 years and is expected to
raise $90 billion.
press release and its
summary points are available online.
This proposal will be one of the most controversial and hard-fought proposals
in the president's budget, and both domestic and foreign-based financial
services companies could be significantly impacted.
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McGuireWoods LLP, is one of the leading government relations firms in
Washington, D.C. The consulting group looks forward to working with existing and new clients on
this important issue. For more information, please call us as soon as possible.