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Republicans Divided Between Tax Reform and Tax Cuts

Facing a low presidential approval rating, failed health care reform, and impending midterm elections, the GOP wants to move quickly on tax legislation but is undecided on the actual package to present.  Some Republicans support scaling back reform to focus on tax cuts, in the hope of avoiding drawn out negotiations over eliminating tax expenditures and closing loopholes.  Other party...

Senator Hatch Not Optimistic About a Significant Reduction in the Corporate Tax Rate

Senator Hatch, Senate Finance Committee chairman, said in an interview that it would be “kind of miraculous” to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, much less President Trump’s goal of 15 percent, and that Republicans will be lucky to get the rate down at all.  He also stated that tax reform success may require gaining Democratic support. Read more: U.S. Senator Hatch says 25...

Abandonment of Border Adjustment Tax may lead to Shallower, Shorter Tax Cuts

The GOP’s decision to abandon the controversial border adjustment tax (BAT) increases the chances that ensuing tax cuts will be both temporary and shallower than envisioned.  Without the BAT’s estimated $1 Trillion in revenue, and with no other plan to raise significant funds, analysts estimate the lowest possible revenue-neutral rate for corporate taxes is about 27%, significantly...

Joint Statement on Tax Reform Issued; BAT Abandoned

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued a joint statement on tax reform that sets out a broad framework for moving forward on tax reform. Most notably,...

GOP to Release Tax Reform Framework

The top Republican tax negotiators are expected to unveil a broad set of agreed tax reform principles prior to the Congressional recess.  The anticipated framework is the result of ongoing deliberations between the “big six”:  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee chairman...

Senator Hatch Weighing Corporate Integration System; Former Treasury Officials Testify in Favor

The staff of Senator Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is reportedly investigating a proposal that will permit a corporation to deduct 40% of the dividends it pays to shareholders.  Senator Hatch has previously promoted similar corporate integration measures—plans that eliminate or reduce the double taxation corporations face.  The proposal is reportedly being explored...

White House Reconsidering Corporate Tax Rate Goal

The Trump Administration, according to White House officials and advisors, is considering a corporate tax rate of 20 percent to 25 percent.  While this estimate is higher than the 15 percent rate set forth in the Administration’s one-page tax proposal issued in April, one senior administration official explained that the April figure was a starting point for negotiations, with the...

Senate Finance Committee Announces Tax Reform Hearing

The Senate Finance Committee, led by Chairman Orrin Hatch, will convene a tax reform hearing on July 18 at 9:00 am titled “Comprehensive Tax Reform: Prospects and Challenges.”   The hearing, featuring testimony from four former Treasury Assistant Secretaries for Tax Policy, will examine the challenges faced by Congress in enacting tax reform to promote economic growth and...

Hatch States Trump Conceding 15 Percent Corporate Tax Rate

Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, stated that President Trump is likely retreating from his proposed goal of a 15 percent corporate tax rate.  Sen. Hatch, along with other congressional leaders, has participated in several recent meetings with White House officials in an attempt to reach a consensus on a tax reform bill.  He suggested a corporate tax rate...

Support Grows for Extending the Ten Year Tax Cut Budget Period

With tax reform progress floundering amid GOP rifts and political partisanship, Republican leaders are considering changing Senate budget rules to increase the period before required sunset for tax cuts that add to the federal deficit. Current rules limit the duration of tax cuts that add to the federal deficit to ten years if they are passed under the budget reconciliation process,...

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...

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...

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...