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Tic Tax Toe

You might win tax breaks if a new bill plays out in your favor.

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This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Lining up the elements of a 2003 stimulus bill will be a game oftic tax toe. Items with bipartisan support, such as a payroll tax"holiday," are likely to get an "x" in theirbox. But don't expect a permanent elimination of the estate taxin 2011.

With the holiday, employees and owners won't haveto pay the 7.65 percent tax for a limited period of time. Sen. JonCorzine (D-) has championed the idea, and Sen. Mary Landrieu(D-LA) used it as a signature issue in her victory in a Decemberelection. The Business Roundtable, an influential group ofcorporate chief executives, and some Republicans support the ideaas well, making it a strong contender for any stimulus package.

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