Obama to highlight his family-friendly tax proposals

Barack Obama
FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The federal estate tax inspires a lot of heated political rhetoric for a tax that very few people actually pay. The House is scheduled to vote this week on a bill to repeal the estate tax, part of a package of bills highlighting Wednesday’s deadline to file income tax returns. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using Tax Day to draw new attention to family-friendly tax proposals that haven’t exactly been embraced by the Republican leaders of Congress.

Obama was also answering questions about working family issues at a town hall Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the women’s websites BlogHer and SheKnows.

The president has called on Congress to expand existing tax credits and create new credits to help working families. Lawmakers have taken no action.

Meanwhile, the House is expected this week to pass a bill repealing the estate tax.

The White House says eliminating the tax would help a few thousand wealthy households at a cost of about $270 billion to the Treasury.

It says far more people, 44 million families, would benefit under the president’s proposals.

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