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CCH Tax Briefing Analyzes New Debt Ceiling Law

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., August 2, 2011) – With only hours to spare before a potential crisis, today President Obama signed the debt ceiling compromise bill that passed both the House and Senate following prolonged and heated debate among lawmakers. The new deal raises the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, takes a two-step approach in cutting about $2.5 trillion in government spending over ten years, but does not include tax increases or new tax revenues. CCH has issued its latest Tax Briefing, offering in-depth analysis of the final agreement. CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business is the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services (

The agreement also calls for a new joint congressional committee to recommend measures for an expanded deficit reduction package before the end of the year. Some of those changes could involve heavy spending cuts and tax increases.

“What this new committee recommends could substantially change the Tax Code,” said CCH Principal Tax Analyst Mark Luscombe, JD, LLM, CPA. “A lot of attention has focused on raising taxes for high earners and there will no doubt be much debate over tax rate changes, deductions and whether the Bush-era tax cuts will be phased out at the end of 2012 as scheduled.”

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To access the CCH Tax Briefing, please click here or visit to access the full range of CCH’s Special Briefings on significant tax law developments. Members of the press interested in speaking to a CCH tax analyst about potential tax implications of the new law should contact Leslie Bonacum at 847-267-7153,; or Eric Scott at 847-267-2179,

About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business ( is the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit information, software and services. It has served tax, accounting and business professionals since 1913. Among its market-leading solutions are The ProSystem fx® Suite, CorpSystem®, CCH® IntelliConnect®, Accounting Research Manager® and the U.S. Master Tax Guide®. CCH is based in Riverwoods, Ill. Wolters Kluwer ( is a market-leading global information services company. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

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