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FISCAL THIS Boehner’s Plan Brings Tax Rate To 39.6 Percent Allison Shelley / Getty Images

Boehner: Up Tax Rate to 39.6 Percent

Looks like Boehner’s ready to play ball. A source close to the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations announced Sunday that the House pspeaker’s latest proposal to President Obama would bring the top income tax rate to pre-Bush levels at 39.6 percent. The rate, up from 36 percent, would apply to those earning more than $1 million a year. In return, Boehner is asking for “significant” cuts to entitlements and other spending programs. The Obama administration has not accepted his offer, according to another source. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, the Bush era tax cuts will expire on Jan. 1 and across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect.

December 16, 2012 5:50 PM