WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell said yesterday he wants Congress to extend the low-income housing tax credit beyond its Dec. 31 expiration date and will work to make sure that happens.

In a separate development on Capitol Hill yesterday, a top Treasury official told Congress his agency opposes a provision in the pending tax simplification bill that could cause financial problems for state and local governments because it would shift a due date for income tax payments. But he said the Treasury supports another provision troubling to the municipal market, which would require large investment partnerships to treat as taxable the tax-exempt interest they earn.

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