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President Bush's plan to end individual taxes on dividends is in trouble, and he'll have to hammer out a deal with Congress. Here's what's on the table:THE 50% SOLUTION
Excludes half of dividends and capital gains from individual taxesPROS Treats all investment income similarly, simplifying taxes on gainsCONS Costs more than $270 billion over 10 yearsPHASED-IN APPROACH
Gradually eliminates dividend taxes over 10 yearsPROS Eases short-term budget crunch. Backers could accelerate tax cut if deficit shrinksCONS Provides little stimulus, and masks long-term budget impacTWO-FOR-ONE RATE
Taxes both dividends and capital gains at 18%PROS Dividends become more attractive, relative to capital gainsCONS Makes taxes more complicated, costs $230 billion-plus over 10 yearsCHEAP AND EASY
Excludes $1,000 in both dividends and capital gainsPROS Reduced filing paperwork and a manageable cost of $3 billion a yearCONS Does little to boost either the economy or the stock market