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Trump Announces Tax Cut Details Will Be Released Next Week

President Trump announced that his tax reform plan will be released next week. He promised a “massive tax cut” to businesses and individuals that could end up larger “than any tax cut ever.” He did not provide any insight into the contents of the plan. Read more at: Trump says he will release tax reform package next week
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Tax Reform Timeline in Doubt; Unlikely by August Says Sec. Mnuchin

The Trump administration had previously stated that they wished to pass tax reform legislation by August of this year. However, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has recently stated that the August deadline is too aggressive at this point and is not realistic. With legislative focus turning back to healthcare, it is unclear whether tax reform will be accomplished this year. Read more at: Tax reform by August unlikely, Mnuchin says  ...
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Border Adjustment Tax May Affect Discount Retailers’ Profit Margins

Dollar Tree, and similar discount retailers, rely on imports from countries like China that manufacture inexpensive products and sell at low prices. If the House Republicans impose the border adjustment tax, and imports are taxed at 20 percent, such discount retailers may have to revise their business models in order to maintain their profit margins and continue to be profitable. Read more at: Dollar Tree’s $1 Price Point May Slip Under Border Adjustment  
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The Fading Blueprint

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s tax reform blueprint is facing opposition within the Republican ranks. Both the Whitehouse and the Senate Republicans are preparing alternative plans, with the latter dusting off former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s proposed tax reform act as its foundation for new legislation. Read more at: U.S. Tax Reform Debate Moves Away From Ryan Blueprint
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Dynamic Changes for Evaluating Budgetary Impact of Proposed Legislation

On January 6, the House adopted rules that require the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation to use macroeconomic or “dynamic” scoring in forecasting the budgetary impact of proposed legislation. Under this system, which is a change from the previous “static” scoring methodologies, calculating the forecasted fiscal impact of major legislation will consider factors such as employment, economic output, and inflation. Proposed legislation triggering dynamic scoring must be “major,” which the rules define as having a budgetary effect of more than 0.25% of actual or...
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FY 2016 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On February 2, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2016 budget (FY 2016 Budget). The hallmarks of the FY 2016 Budget are proposals that would impose (i) a minimum tax on the current foreign earnings of U.S. corporations and their controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) and (ii) a one-time 14% tax on earnings accumulated in CFCs and not previously subject to U.S. tax. Moreover, in keeping with the Administration’s past budgets, the FY 2016 Budget includes several proposals that target insurance companies or that otherwise would have a direct effect on them. Specifically, those...
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