In my preview of the tax extenders bill last week, I noted that the provision that gives special tax relief to motorsports complex owners could cause some problems with passage of the bill.
As it turned out, it wasn't enough to derail the package that continues expiring tax breaks beyond Dec. 31. The measure, including the so-called NASCAR tax break, passed 241 to 181.
That's certainly a nice early Christmas present for the race track moguls.
Now, however, some lawmakers are questioning the tax break, which was first enacted in 2004 and would cost an estimated $45 million to keep in place through 2010.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the NASCAR language has been singled out as suspect by some Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.
In addition, says the paper, the bill's technique of making some tax increases permanent, such as the levy on fund managers' pay, to cover the cost of temporary tax breaks isn't sitting well with some. Even the W&M chairman acknowledges that "it's no way to run a railroad."
So will the NASCAR tax break survive?
The House bill still has to go to the Senate and, if -- OK, when -- it's changed there, the two bodies will have to reconcile the different bills.
You can be sure track owners will be hoping their provision doesn't get black-flagged in conference committee.
A racing list for Santa: While the House was wrapping up a nice little tax trinket for track owners, I put together a racing list for Santa.
In my monthly motorsports column for Randall-Reilly Publishing,
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Photo of Texas Motorspeedway taken by me, Nov. 2, 2008