Empty Your Pockets! D.C.’s Wealthy To Get Taxed

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By Matt E. Stevens

District of Columbia residents earning more than $350,000 annually will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets around tax time.

The D.C. Council approved the tax hike on the wealthy by a vote of 7-6 to generate more money for the city. The good news is that the increase will be removed by 2015.

Supporters of the tax increase feel it is a long overdue step toward financial stability.

“This is about good tax policy by creating a new top bracket,” said Council member Phil Mendelson, according to the Washington Post. Mendelson is a Democrat and a sponsor of the tax increase.

“People who earn $350,000, $400,000, $1 million, should not be paying the same rate as someone earning $40,000,” he added, echoing a similar sentiment by President Barack Obama about federal tax rates.

Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to sign the measure. This bill is the second…

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