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Taking away VC tax breaks like killing goose that lays golden egg, VC says

Should venture capitalists get tax breaks?

With both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporting taking away tax breaks for venture capitalists, one VC warned Thursday that move would kill jobs in America.

"By doubling the tax rate on venture capitalists, we run the risk of killing the golden goose that's laying the golden eggs," Menlo Ventures managing director Venky Ganesan said in an interview with CNBC's "Closing Bell."

"We are going to have entrepreneurs leaving America to go to China, Singapore or India, creating jobs and companies there. We need to create jobs and companies here."

Clinton and Trump have both talked about eliminating the carried interest tax loophole that allows venture capitalists to treat earnings as capital gains instead of ordinary income. Capital gains currently carry a tax rate of 23.8 percent, while labor income is taxed at 39.6 percent.

Such a plan would discourage investment in a market that is already struggling on funding, Ganesan said.

Venture capitalism is the "best jobs creation engine we have," he said, noting that venture-backed companies employ over 3 million people.

In fact, five of the largest market cap companies in the U.S. have been backed by venture capitalists — Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple, Ganesan pointed out.

As for those who may argue that venture capitalists don't deserve a tax break over other professions, Ganesan said that VCs lose money in 42 percent of the deals and that the tax breaks are an incentive to invest in risky ventures.

— CNBC's Jeff Cox and Silvana Henaeo contributed to this report.