Monday, January 18, 2010

Bank Tax Unfair, To Have Serious Effects - Bank Group

From CNN Money:

U.S. banks are worried about the impact of a planned tax on lenders and believe other industries that received federal money, such as car makers, should be targeted, a top economist at a banking group said Friday.

"We're concerned that such a high tax directed at the wrong parties will have serious consequences," James Chessen, Chief Economist at the American Bankers Association, told a press conference presenting ABA's latest economic forecasts.

Thursday, President Barack Obama said banks have a responsibility to make taxpayers whole for the financial-sector bailout and should pay a proposed tax by rolling back big bonuses.

If approved by Congress, the new tax--which the White House calls a "financial crisis responsibility fee"--would force about 50 banks, insurance companies and large broker-dealers to collectively pay the federal government roughly $90 billion over 10 years.

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