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Brady Suggests Reports of Border Adjustment Tax’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, acknowledging the dissension surrounding the border adjustment tax, remains stalwart that it is a “critical” component of the House GOP’s tax reform agenda. Chairman Brady reports working with the White House and the Senate to resolve opposition to the plan, projected to raise nearly a trillion dollars in revenue to offset a...

Border Adjustment Tax Faces Looming Demise

House Speaker Paul Ryan, on Wednesday, acknowledged that tax reform legislation could exclude a border tax provision.  The controversial tax has faced criticism from several fronts, including some of Ryan’s fellow House Republicans, as well as the Senate and the White House.  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has confirmed that President Trump is not in favor of backing a border...

Ways and Means Committee Hears Testimony on Border Adjustment Tax

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Chairman Kevin Brady, held its second hearing on tax reform, entitled “Increasing U.S. Competitiveness and Preventing American Jobs from Moving Overseas.”  The hearing concentrated on the practicality and effects of the proposed border adjustment tax on the economy.  Chairman Brady was critical of the ‘Made in America’...

Joint Committee on Taxation Releases Report on Destination-Based Taxes and Border Adjustment.

In anticipation of the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the border adjustment tax included in the House Republicans’ Blueprint, the Joint Committee on Taxation has released a report on destination-based taxes and border adjustment. The report discusses the rationale behind destination-based taxes and describes various proposals for destination-based taxes leading up to the...

Despite a Bleak Outlook, Tax Reform Hearing on Border Adjustment Tax Announced

The House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing on May 23 at 10:00 a.m., entitled “Increasing U.S. Competitiveness and Preventing American Jobs from Moving Overseas,” focusing on the impact of a border adjustment tax and other policies on job, investment and economic growth in the United States. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not foresee legislation...

Congressional Republicans Undecided on Border Adjustment Tax

Despite support from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Paul Ryan’s proposed border adjustment tax appears to lack support among rank and file House Republicans, raising serious questions as to the likelihood of passage.  Even if the bill manages to garner the necessary votes to pass the House, Sen. Lindsey Graham has said that the legislation...

Tax Reform by End of Year Still a Goal

House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against creating an artificial deadline but still described overhauling the tax code by the end of 2017 as a goal, with the House, Senate, and White House all working together on comprehensive tax reform. Despite previous hesitancy regarding the border adjustment from the Trump Administration, Ryan defended the House Republicans’ proposed border...

Trumponomics and Tax Reform

President Donald Trump offered several insights into his tax reform agenda during a recent interview, including his support of increasing the national debt in order to stimulate the economy and imposing a repatriation tax at a 10% rate. President Trump also voiced his appreciation of a value-added tax, admitting, however, that the U.S. is unlikely to ever adopt such a system....

Chairman of Senate Finance Committee States that Trump Administration is Against Border Adjustment Tax

The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch, believes after meeting with Trump administration officials, that the Trump administration is against the House Republican’s proposed border adjustment tax. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Republican Senate Finance Committee on May 9 to discuss tax reform. Senator Hatch also believes that the border adjustment tax...

Rep. Brady Declares Border Adjustability Still a Priority After Release of Trump’s Tax Proposal

Representative Kevin Brady stated in an interview with WND/Radio America that despite the Trump administration not mentioning the border adjustment tax in its tax reform proposal released two weeks ago, border adjustability was “still a priority.” The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee characterized the tax as necessary since American “competitors,” including China, Japan...

Congressional Research Service Report on Blueprint

On April 25, 2017, the Congressional Research Service released a report that examines the potential economic impact of the House Republicans’ Blueprint for tax reform. The report addresses considerations related to economic efficiency and growth, distributional issues, revenue effects, and administrative issues, as well as noting that the proposal is likely to violate WTO rules. The...

Border Adjustment Tax Unlikely to be Part of Reform Effort According to Top Senate Republican

Senator John Cornyn, the Senate Majority Whip, stated yesterday that the border adjustment tax, proposed by House Republicans, was likely dead.  While the Trump administration’s guidelines regarding tax reform advocated for a switch to a territorial system, they did not specifically endorse a border adjustment mechanism. According to Senator Cornyn, enough Republican senators have...

Former Trump Advisors Urge Piecemeal Approach to Tax Reform

Former Trump campaign advisors, Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow, Arthur B. Laffer, and Stephen Moore, urged the Trump Administration and the Republican Party to not attempt to overhaul the entire tax code in one bill. Instead, they advocated first seeking to lower business rates, allow immediate expensing, impose a repatriation tax on overseas profits, and fund infrastructure projects. They...

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...

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...