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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 report can be found on our Resources tab or at the following link: The “Better Way” House Tax Plan: An Economic...
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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: Mnuchin sees U.S. growth reaching 3 percent in time, tax cuts to...
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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 deficit in the short term, and therefore would be required to sunset after ten years unless a number of Senate Democrats voted to pass it. Read more at: The Looming Clash Between Trump and Republicans on...
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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 expressed skepticism that its passage would be unlikely. Read more at: Senate’s No. 2 Republican: Border tax ‘probably...
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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, Mnuchin unveil Trump tax plan for 3 brackets and cutting deductions:...
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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 week
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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 also pushed for abandoning a revenue neutral bill as well as any border adjustment. Read more at: Why Are Republicans Making Tax Reform So...
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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 and Means to hold tax reform hearings soon
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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 reform by August unlikely, Mnuchin says  ...
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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 more at: Dollar Tree’s $1 Price Point May Slip Under Border Adjustment  
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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 Ryan Blueprint
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