After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires

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Fin du crédit d’impôt pour l’éthanol aux Etats-Unis

Un champs de maïs à Willow Springs, dans le Wisconsin – USA © Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

A federal tax credit for ethanol expired on Saturday, ending an era in which the federal government provided more than $20 billion in subsidies for use of the product.

The tax break, created more than 30 years ago, had long seemed untouchable. But in the last year, during which Congress was preoccupied with deficits and debt, it became a symbol of corporate welfare. Fiscal conservatives joined liberal environmentalists to kill it, with help from a diverse coalition of outside groups.

New York Times

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