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Republicans Close to a Unified Tax Reform Framework

House Speaker Paul Ryan, addressing an audience at the New Balance shoe factory in Massachusetts, stated that White House and Congressional leaders are nearing agreement on a tax reform framework.  Speaker Ryan suggested that lowering the current corporate tax rate of 35 percent to a 20 percent rate, through the closing of loopholes and special interest deductions, is a realistic...

FedEx Delivers Alternative Tax Reform Plan

Under the guidance of chief executive officer Fred smith, FedEx Corp. has drafted an alternative tax reform plan in response to the quagmire on Capitol Hill.  The FedEx plan mirrors the House Blueprint in many ways, but explicitly omits a border adjustment tax (“BAT”) provision.  Instead, several revenue raisers are offered in lieu of the BAT, including a gasoline tax increase, a 10%...

White House, Congress Agree on Timeline; Ryan Calls for Permanent Reform

Speaking at the National Association of Manufacturers summit, House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed that the White House and House Republicans concentrating on crafting tax reform have agreed to a timeline for a bill to be submitted. White House Chief Economic Advisor, Gary Cohn, has stated that they aim to introduce a bill to Congress in September. The Speaker reiterated his belief in a...

Automotive Industry Leaders Opposed to Border Adjustment Tax

Representatives in the automotive industry met with Gary Cohn, the White House National Economic Council Director, yesterday to discuss the House Republicans’ proposed border adjustment tax. President of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Cody Lusk, expressed the industry’s dissatisfaction with the plan, which they believed would drive up the cost of every...

Border Tax Adjustment Phase-In Not Popular with Senate Republicans

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady’s proposal to introduce the border adjustment tax (BAT) with a five-year phase-in has not been well received by Senate Republicans. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch does not think there is enough time for the phase-in and Senator John Thune believes that a five-year phase-in will not make the BAT any more popular than it...

Rep. Brady Proposes 5-Year Phase-in for Border Adjustment Tax

Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady, proposed a five-year transition to switch to a border-adjusted regime. Companies would be able to deduct most of their imported costs initially with a slow phase out of the deductions. The phase-in would be applied equally to the treatment of exports, which would gradually become fully exempt. Read more here:  Brady...

House Republicans Remain Divided Over Border Adjustment Tax

With the GOP still looking for its first major legislative accomplishment under the Trump Administration, Conservative members of the House are calling for party leadership to abandon the proposed border adjustment tax in order to facilitate progress on tax cuts. Tim Phillips, president of the Koch-brothers backed “Americans for Prosperity” contends that House Ways and Means Committee...

Heritage Foundation Supports the House Blueprint Without a Border Adjustment Tax

The conservative Heritage Foundation contends that the House tax reform Blueprint plan will successfully promote job creation and economic growth through lower corporate tax rates; immediate capital expensing; and the removal of special credits, deductions, and exemptions, without need for the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (“BAT”). The Heritage Foundation predicts the BAT would...

Senator Hatch States that White House, Senate and House Republicans are in Agreement on 80% of Tax Reform Proposals

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch spoke at Bloomberg Global Transfer Pricing Conference on June 7, stating that the White House, Senate and House Republicans are in agreement on roughly 80 percent of the key issues. The Senator reiterated his commitment to lowering tax rates and shifting to a territorial system but noted that the proposals were still in the planning stage...

DeSantis Joins Growing Ranks of Republicans Opposed to Border Adjustment Tax

Ron DeSantis (Fla.), is the latest member of the House Republicans to come out against the border adjustment tax.  DeSantis argues that it is a major impediment to tax reform, speculating that its inclusion in reform legislation would not garner the necessary support from Congress or the White House.  DeSantis promotes pairing tax cuts and spending cuts to fund tax reform and argues...

Key Open Topics for Tax Reform

Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady and Speaker Paul Ryan concur that the White House and Republican members of Congress are eighty percent in agreement on tax reform legislation.  Issues constituting the remaining twenty percent include: 1) the permanence of tax reform, 2) individual and corporate tax rates, 3) the border adjustment tax, 4) full expensing or...

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...

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