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The International Business Times reports Donald Trump and GOP Leaders Could be Enriched by Last Minute Tax Break Inserted Into Final Bill.

Republican congressional leaders and real estate moguls could be personally enriched by a  real-estate-related provision GOP lawmakers slipped into the final tax bill released Friday evening, according to experts interviewed by International Business Times. The legislative language was not part of previous versions of the bill and was added despite ongoing conflict-of-interest questions about the intertwining real estate interests and governmental responsibilities of President Donald Trump — the bill’s chief proponent.

The Trump organization and the Kushners (the family of Ivanka's husband, Jared) have overseen vast real estate empires, and top GOP lawmakers writing the tax bill collectively have tens of millions of dollars of ownership stakes in real-estate-related LLCs. The new tax provision would specifically allow owners of large real estate holdings through LLCs to deduct a percentage of their “pass through” income from their taxes, according to experts. Although Trump, who became famous for his real estate holdings, has transitioned into branding in recent years, federal records show Trump has ownership stakes in myriad LLCs.

Sen. Bob Corker, who was considered a potential “no” vote on the bill, abruptly switched his position upon the release of the final legislation. Federal records reviewed by IBT show that Corker has millions of dollars of ownership stakes in real-estate related LLCs that could also benefit.

“Pass-throughs” are business entities that don’t pay corporate income taxes, like partnerships, LLCs and S-Corporations. Instead, they “pass through” income to partners, who then pay personal income taxes on the money they receive. The Senate version of the tax bill would have added a 23 percent deduction for income from pass-throughs to the tax code. The new reconciled tax bill shrinks that deduction to 20 percent but, in a last-minute change, added a new way around restrictions that would have kept pass-throughs with large income but few employees from benefiting.

Who Benefits? Me!

As I noted before, I benefit from this legislation, but not because of real estate. The Tax Foundation explains.

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100% of my income is pass-through.

Unlike Corker, I am not changing my opinion. I think this bill, which adds $1.5 trillion in debt while doing virtually nothing to spur investment or jobs, is grossly beneficial to the wealthy.

To voice your displeasure at unprecedented greed, please see Upset About the One-Sided Tax Bill? Here's What to Do About It!.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock