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Published: Sunday, Dec. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Once again a brilliant decision..someone who is making over 250K a year and sells an investment home for more than 500K is going to get out of the business because he has a 3.8% reduction in his profit. Just brilliant.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

Well David your friend is not very smart. The tax only applies to the top three percent earners and it only applies after a gain of 500k of profit. So unless he catered to the very wealthy he closed his business on bad information.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

I don't believe this guy. He's just griping about a tax he doesn't want to pay. If that's enough to drive him out of business, then he's a lousy businessman.

Emajor
Ogden, UT

Is it wrong for me to say that I couldn't care less that someone selling investment property has to pay single-digit federal taxes on the profit? Oh, dear, my successful business is now generating marginally less profit, so I guess I'd better pack it all up and start over. Color me unsympathetic.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

Your son's friend is not the one who would have to pay the taxes, the person selling the house - if they make a profit of $500,000 or more - has to pay $17,500 in taxes. (The seller still has $482,500 for their own use.)

Your son's friend thinks people are not going to buy or sell investment properties because of this?

That is known as being penny wise and pound foolish - and as a general rule, people who are penny wise and pound foolish, don't have the pounds to invest in a situation like that anyway. Investment income is earned by people who are penny and pound wise. To the people who are truly going to be impacted by this law (not the people who panic because they don't understand what is really going on - but those who have investment properties that they can sell for a $500,000+ profit), $17,500 is pocket change.

KDave
Moab, UT

Not mentioned is this tax is part of Obama-care. Like all of Obama-care it is too complicated to understand all of the ramifications.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

I am sure there will be other mortgage brokers to pick up the slack.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It almost makes me cry to hear about a rich man having to pay such a small fraction on his business income.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Sounds to me like your son's friend was either going under anyway, regardless of the tax rate, or incredibly stupid.

Either way, many other capable and courageous businessmen will take his spot. If you folks with sour grapes only see darkness in the future, that's fine. There are plenty of optimistic and talented Americans who are eager to start businesses here.

George
Bronx, NY

@kdave
The very first post explains exactly what the law is in less then two hundred words, your fairer to read the law and understand it is a reflection on you not the law.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

What kind of jobs are created by someone who is investing money in houses anyway?

bodgerdlue
Kearns, UT

Can someone tell me what Scott Matheson has to do with any of this? Perhaps his brother Jim Matheson, you know, the congressman, could shed some light on the subject.

I guess no one should let facts get in the way of a bad argument.

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