June 15, 2010 03:37 PM | Permalink |
The tax extenders bill (H.R. 4213) currently pending in Congress contains a provision to close what is commonly known as the “John Edwards” loophole, which allows some shareholder-employees of “S corporations” to avoid paying the Medicare payroll tax on their earnings. An amendment offered by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) would remove this reform and preserve the loophole. This amendment should be rejected. Despite what these lawmakers may believe, closing this loophole will actually help most small businesses, which are currently subsidizing the minority who abuse it to avoid payroll taxes.