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Congress Inaction Forces Liability For Black Lungs Fund To Taxpayers

The taxpayers are going to bear a cost of a minimum $15 Billion by the year 2050 as per a new report due to the cut of tax to coal companies being made to fund a trust that is being made for the miners who are sick.

The excise rate of tax on the mined coal which funds the trust known as Black Lung Disability Trust Fund had expired at the beginning of this year as there was no action taken by the Congress. This had led to the amount which the coal companies had been paying into its funds reducing. This fund pays the medical bills and for the benefits of the miners who have been diagnosed by the disease known as black lung disease.

A group known as the Taxpayers for Common Sense had released on Tuesday, a report which said that the debt of the fund may be reaching a high of $26 Billion till the year 2050 and its vice president has said that by its failure of extending the excise tax the Congress has shifted a lot of money in the liabilities from the companies that make coal to the ones who pay tax.

The Labor Department in the United States had earlier in the year confirmed that there was a shortfall in this funding and this is going to be covered by a loan that is going to be taken from the Treasury in the United States.

The rate of excise tax per ton of $1.10 of the underground coal had been cut by over half to close to 50 cents in the year. The fund had taken in close to $450 Million as revenue in the year 2017.

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Having a passion for writing has brought Ralph to the world of writing and is been connected with thefoodbeveragenews.com portal for 5 years now. He holds a Master of Science in Food Safety Regulation Degree and has an overall experience of 7 years in the field of writing. Ralph handles the Packaging domain of the portal with the other 4 team members and deals with writing articles are the updates to the packaging, labels, processes, and so on relating to the food and beverage sector. Ralph also conducts training sessions for the newbies of the team.

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