A portrait of Washington in 2012

The White House is looking for an alternative to the payroll tax cut that does the same thing as the payroll tax cut but isn't called the payroll tax cut. This might seem a bit odd to you. But it's the natural byproduct of the GOP's strategy.

By Ezra Klein October 29, 2012

Tax group: No, the real price tag for Obama’s tax plan is $243 billion

Citizens for Tax Justice points out that the White House's $150 billion price tag on Obama's one-year tax cut extension only appears to include part of the total cost—the income tax cuts. Obama's own 2013 budget includes a permanent fix to the Alternative Minimum Tax and some relief from scheduled estate tax hikes, which are both separate from the standard income tax. Adding these in would add $80 billion to the total.