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Global Minimum Tax Under Consideration for Tax Reform

The Senate is reportedly exploring the possibility of a global minimum tax, an idea which has historically had some bipartisan support. One approach being considered is a version of the ‎provision that was included in the 2014 tax reform legislation proposed by Dave Camp, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. That proposal, which generally had the effect of a...

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...

Senate Republicans Offer No Alternative to Proposed Blueprint Revenue Raisers

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has suggested that the three revenue raisers (i.e., the border adjustment tax, elimination of certain itemized deductions and elimination of business interest deductions) proposed in the House Republicans’ Blueprint do not have support in the Senate, and he does not believe they will pass. However, Senate Republicans have yet to offer an...

Former Speaker Boehner Does Not Believe Tax Reform Will Pass

During a keynote address at an energy conference, Former Speaker of the House John Boehner stated that his faith in the passage of tax reform was fading and referred to the House Republicans’ and Administration’s tax reform initiatives as a “bunch of happy talk.” Boehner also stated that he believes the border adjustment tax is dead and his odds for passage of tax reform, generally,...

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....

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...