NAHB, real estate groups urge Congress to oppose carried interest bill

National Association of Home Builders

NAHB and more than a dozen other real estate industry groups have sent a joint letter to Congress urging lawmakers to reject the Carried Interest Fairness Act (H.R. 1735).

 “This misguided legislation would result in a huge tax increase on countless Americans who use partnerships in businesses of all types and sizes,” the letter stated. “It would discourage individuals from pursuing their business vision, encourage debt rather than equity financing, tax sweat equity invested in businesses and slow economic growth. These results would be particularly harmful to the nearly 8 million partners in U.S. real estate partnerships.”

H.R. 1735 would require carried interest to be classified as ordinary income rather than a capital gain. A carried (or promoted) interest is a profits interest in a business deal that is larger as a share of the total return than the share of the initial equity investment. Under present law, if the income paid out as the carry is a capital gain, then the carry is taxed at capital gains tax rates (in general, up to 23.8%).


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