Tax hike to hurt retailers: White House
In a new report that coincides with Congressí return after the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House says that if lawmakers donít halt the Jan 1 automatic increase on in taxes for households earning less than $250,000, consumers might curtail their shopping in advance.
Across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts will take effect, with the possibility of driving the country into another recession, if president Barack Obama and a divided Congress canít reach a deal by the end of the year to avoid them.
ďAs we approach the holiday season, which accounts for close to one-fifth of industry sales, retailers canít afford the threat of tax increases on middle-class families,Ē the report says.
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