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Tax Reform for Christmas

Despite controversy surrounding the border adjustment tax proposal, House Speaker Paul Ryan hopes that Congress will present a tax reform bill to the president by the December 23rd recess. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shared the same goal earlier this week, stating that the objective is to accomplish tax reform by year’s end. Paul Ryan Wants to put Reform on Trump’s...

Senator Mitch McConnell Believes Tax Reform Should Be Revenue Neutral

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated in an interview that tax reform must be revenue neutral given the current national debt of $21 trillion and due to the lack of support from Democrats which will require Republicans to use budget rules that allow pushing through permanent tax changes with only 50 votes. Read more: McConnell Wants Revenue-Neutral Tax Plan, at Odds With...

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...

Brady and Roskam Announce Hearing on Tax Reform

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam have announced that the first hearing on tax reform, focusing on policies to benefit economic growth and job creation, will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Chairman Brady indicated that tax reform legislation could be introduced in June. Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and...

Tax Reform in 2019?

Wall Street analysts are generally in agreement that the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act will delay tax reform. Predictions on the tax legislation timeline run the gamut, from the second half of 2017, into early 2018, or even 2019 depending on reform progress as the midterm elections near. Tax Reform Could Be Pushed to 2019 as GOP Focuses on Health...

Mnuchin Predicts Three Percent Economic Growth

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin states that tax reform and regulatory relief will help realize an economic growth rate of three percent within two years.  Despite concerns over funding for the Whitehouse tax reform plan, Mnuchin sees several ways to offset lost revenue and is hopeful for bi-partisan support as he continues to work with congressional leadership. Read more at:...

Trump’s Tax Plan Causes Divisions Within the Republican Party

Following a two-day tax policy retreat, Peter Roskam, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Taxation, indicated that the committee is still committed to writing tax reform legislation that is revenue neutral and therefore can be permanent under the Senate’s budget reconciliation rules. That contrasts with Trump’s tax plan, which is projected to increase the federal...

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...

Trump Administration Releases Tax Plan Outline

The Trump administration released an outline of their tax reform plan today, which sets out the key initiatives they will pursue. Their proposals include lowering the corporate tax rate to 15%, repealing the 3.8% Affordable Care Act tax, implementing a territorial tax system, and introducing a transition repatriation tax on “trillions of dollars held overseas.” Read more at: Cohn,...

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...

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...

Ways and Means to Hold Tax Reform Hearings

The House Ways and Means Committee will conduct hearings on tax reform in the coming weeks, working toward the goal of passing tax reform by the end of the year. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, will select witnesses and draft the hearing topics, which will focus on elements of the House Republicans’ tax blueprint. Read more at: GOP chairman: Ways...

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...

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...