March 16, 2012 – 11:49 a.m.
By: Rob Mendelbaum
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In a bid to retake the initiative on small-business policy, President Obama Wednesday is expected to propose a 10 percent tax credit tied to new hiring. But the policy appears designed as much to draw a political distinction as to generate new jobs. In describing the proposal, which Mr. Obama will flesh out in a visit to a Washington-area small business, the administration drew a sharp contrast with a Republican small-business tax cut that passed the House last month, which the White House contends is too tilted toward the wealthy.
Under the White House proposal, which the president previewed in a video address over the weekend, a company would get credit against income taxes worth up to 10 percent of the increase in total wages in 2012, which could come either in the form of salaries for new hires or raises. A company that increased its payroll by $4 million would see a $400,000 income tax credit.