Tax Policy

Statement on proposal to raise taxes on growth investments

WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 20, 2010 – The Private Equity Council issued the following statement on provisions of the so-called “tax extenders” bill filed today in the House of Representatives that would change the tax treatment of carried interest. The statement should be attributed to Douglas Lowenstein, President of the Private Equity Council.

“At this time of great market uncertainly, now is not the time to upend more than 50 years of partnership tax law characterizing carried interest as a capital gain.

“This punitive, 157 percent tax hike on growth investment by real estate, venture, private equity and other firms will hurt those companies that are most desperately in need of capital to sustain or create jobs and drive growth.”

About the Private Equity Council

The Private Equity Council, based in Washington, DC, is an advocacy, communications and research organization and resource center established to develop, analyze and distribute information about the private equity industry and its contributions to the national and global economy. PEC members are: Apax Partners; Apollo Global Management LLC; Bain Capital Partners; The Blackstone Group; The Carlyle Group; Hellman and Friedman LLC; Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; Madison Dearborn Partners; Permira; Providence Equity Partners; Silver Lake; and TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group).