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President Trump Advocates for Tax Reform

In a speech intended to rally support for tax reform, President Trump outlined his commitment to simplifying the tax code, lowering corporate and individual rates and instituting a repatriation tax. The president reiterated that the corporate rate would “ideally” be lowered to 15 percent and referenced lowering taxes to help the middle class “afford childcare and the cost of raising a...

President Needs to Focus on Tax Reform after Bannon Departure

Sara Fagen, the White House political director under George W. Bush, stated that President Trump needs to focus his administration on producing a tax reform package in the wake of Steve Bannon’s departure.  According to Fagen, who sees the Bannon exit as a positive, the President needs an accomplishment on his record, particularly in light of his response to the racially charged events...

Republican Tax Reform Framework, but No Legislation, Reportedly Coming in September

Sources indicate that the Trump administration expects the “Big Six” will release a short three- to five-page document in September outlining a plan for reforming the US tax code. The document will likely not be accompanied by legislation, previously targeted for September, but instead could serve to outline areas of agreement between the White House, Senate, and Congress. Neither the...

Cohn Calls for Sub-23% Corporate Tax Rate

White House economic advisor Gary Cohn stated that the US must reduce the tax rate for corporations and pass-through entities below 23%.  He indicated such a rate is necessary to encourage domestic corporations to keep their profits in the US by competing with corporate tax rates offered by most member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ...

White House Legislative Director Hopes for Bipartisan Support for Tax Reform Bill

Legislative Affairs director Marc Short, acknowledging that the reconciliation process leaves little room for error, stated that he is hopeful some Democrats, including members of the Blue Dog Coalition and the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House, as well as red state Democrats in the Senate, will support the passage of a tax reform bill.  Short expects that tax reform legislation will...

Senate Democrats Call for Bipartisan Tax Reform

In a letter to the President and GOP Congressional leaders, the 45 of the 48 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus urged abandonment of the reconciliation process in favor of bipartisan tax reform.  The Senate Democrats stated, however, that they would not support a bill that grants tax breaks to the wealthy or that adds to the deficit and thereby jeopardizes critical programs such...

House Ways and Means Committee Democrats Critical of Republicans’ Joint Statement on Tax Reform

In response to Congressional Republicans’ and the Trump Administration’s unveiling of their joint statement on taxes, several Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee issued condemnatory press releases: Ranking Member Richard Neal expressed his disappointment over the Republicans’ decision to exclude Democrats from the tax reform process, stating that partisan tax...

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...

Legislative Affairs Chief Predicts Unified Tax Plan in July

White House legislative affairs chief Marc Short has stated that the Trump Administration intends to have a unified tax reform plan in place prior to Congress’ August recess, accelerating Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s previously stated target of early September. White House spokesperson Natalie Strom confirmed the July goal, adding that the unified proposal will be used to ready...

Tax Reform is Mnuchin’s ‘No. 1 Focus’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that the Trump Administration and Congress are wholly dedicated to passing tax reform this year.  He foresees tax reform encompassing lower tax rates accompanied by cuts to special interest preferences and the implementation of a territorial tax system.  Secretary Mnuchin observed that slow corporate tax receipts are a byproduct of the tax...

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...

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...

White House Version of the Tax Bill Reportedly to Be Ready by Labor Day

Faced with growing Republican discontent over the Trump Administration’s lack of definitive tax legislation, White House economic advisor Gary Cohn projects that Congress will receive President Trump’s detailed tax proposal by the time Lawmakers return from the August recess. If delivered, the proposal would have to share attention with Congressional efforts to raise the debt limit and...

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says Pass-through Rate Cut Not for the Wealthy

On May 18, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin attempted to assuage fears that the Trump tax plan will favor the wealthy. Trump’s tax reform outline proposes a 15% tax rate on business income, including income of individuals derived from pass-through entities, which is currently subject to a top marginal rate of 39.6%. While the outline includes few details, some commentators have expressed...

Koch Brothers to Push for Focus on Tax Reform

Billionaire Industrialists Charles and David Koch, via their Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners groups, will invest millions in the coming months to drive the conservative tax reform agenda amidst the Trump Administration’s distractions.  The Koch network has released a set of guidelines for change, mainly consistent with the White House proposal, condemning the contemplated...

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