Romney Victory Could Save Adelson Billions

If you’re looking for an explanation of why casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is spending so much money this year to get Mitt Romney and other Republicans elected in November, this analysis from Seth Hanlon of the Center for American Progress makes it pretty obvious. HuffPo summarizes the findings:

• Cut top tax rates, saving Adelson approximately $1.5 million on his annual compensation as chief executive of his casino company.

• Maintain the special low rates on dividends, potentially saving Adelson nearly $120 million on a single year’s worth of dividends, more than enough to recoup his politi- cal donations.

• Maintain the special low rates on capital gains, allowing Adelson to make back his political donations in capital gains tax cuts just by selling a fraction of his stock.

• Provide a tax windfall of an estimated $1.2 billion to Adelson’s company, Las Vegas Sands Corp., on untaxed profits from its Asian casinos, as well as a tax exemption forfuture overseas profits. Adelson’s casinos already enjoy a special foreign tax exemp- tion from the Chinese administrative region of Macau, and Gov. Romney would make those foreign profits exempt from U.S. taxes as well.

• Eliminate the estate tax, potentially providing a staggering $8.9 billion windfall to Adelson’s heirs.

And that only assumes that the capital gains rate would stay where it is. Paul Ryan and many other Republicans want to lower it from 15% to no taxes at all.

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