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Mnuchin Discusses Tax Reform

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, during an interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” indicated that tax reform would be revenue neutral under the Administration’s growth assumptions.  In discussing specifics of the yet-to-be released tax reform plan, he stated that the estate tax would be eliminated, that there would be a one-time deemed repatriation tax for transition to a territorial system but would not be tied to infrastructure, and that investment incentives for businesses would be included in the package.  Secretary Mnuchin expressed his commitment...
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Congressional Republicans Frustrated by Lack of Tax Reform Detail

With the vote for tax reform legislation looming, Congressional members of the GOP, including Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, have expressed concern over the lack of clarity as to what the tax reform proposal is.  Speaking anonymously, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee suggested that the lack of detail was either to prevent media leaks or because there is simply not enough agreement among the policymakers to warrant the release of a detailed plan.  Negotiations over several important aspects of tax reform are ongoing, including the corporate tax rate, immediate expensing,...
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Tax Reform Outline to be Released Week of September 25

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady announced that a tax reform framework that identifies the “consensus” core elements of tax reform will be released the week of September 25 when Congress returns from their break. Brady also confirmed that the objective is still to enact tax reform legislation this year and that the intention is to do so through budget reconciliation. Read more: Republican leaders say ‘consensus’ tax reform outline to be released week of Sept....
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Tax Reform Plan Not to Be Released Until After Senate Hearings

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a member of the “Big Six” group of tax reform policymakers, stated that the Trump tax reform plan will not be released until after the Senate holds tax reform hearings, one of which is slated for this Thursday, September 14.  As a result, the unveiling of the tax reform blueprint will likely not occur until the end of September, at the earliest.  Lobbyists report that the Big Six are still undecided on basic elements of the tax reform plan, including whether or not it will add to the federal deficit, which has diminished hopes of passing tax...
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Business Tax Reform Hearing Announced by Senate Finance Committee

Senator Hatch, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced a hearing on business tax reform to take place on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Four executives from industry groups and think tanks will testify on policy options for reforming the taxation of U.S. businesses. The witnesses include: Scott A. Hodge, President, Tax Foundation; Donald B. Marron, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute & Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center; Troy K. Lewis, CPA, CGMA, Tax Executive Committee Immediate Past Chair, American Institute of CPAs; and Jeffrey D. DeBoer, President and Chief Executive...
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Ryan Anticipates Release of Tax Reform Plan by Autumn

House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that Congressional tax writers are close to unveiling their template for tax reform and that he anticipates its release this fall, followed by the passage of legislation before the end of the year.  Speaker Ryan also confirmed that the goal is to lower the corporate tax rate to the industrialized average of 22.5%, noting that President Trump’s goal of a 15% corporate rate is unrealistic. House Speaker Ryan expects tax plan this fall: NYT interview...
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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 family.” The speech was not intended to lay out detailed proposals but rather to drive support as the administration has indicated that Congress will draft the tax reform plan. Read more: Trump pitches tax...
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Heller Foresees Tax Reform Passage in December

Senator Dean Heller, a Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee, stated that the best case scenario for tax reform is legislation passing in late December of this year.  He predicted that the tax reform bill will lower rates, apply retroactively, and will attempt to decrease some regulations.  Senator Heller anticipates a half dozen tax reform hearings from his committee prior to final edits and foresees the House of Representatives moving on a bill in September, followed by the Senate in October. GOP Senator Predicts Tax Overhaul on Christmas...
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The ‘Big 6’ Are Making Progress on Tax Reform Framework

The White House and Congressional Republicans have reached broad agreement on several potential offsets to fund tax cuts, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.  Present options include capping the mortgage interest deduction, eliminating the state and local tax deduction, and eliminating the interest deduction for businesses.  Additionally, there is consensus among the decision makers, colloquially known as the “Big 6,” to include a mandatory deemed repatriation provision in any tax reform proposal.  The resultant corporate tax rate would likely fall between 22-25 percent with...
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Ryan to Promote Tax Reform in the Pacific Northwest

After events in Ohio, Washington, DC and Massachusetts, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will promote tax reform in the Pacific Northwest this week.  He will address the benefits of reform, including lower taxes, less hassle, and a level playing field for all taxpayers, according to a spokesman for the Speaker, with the goal of getting Republicans back on track after President Trump’s controversial comments regarding the violence in Charlottesville, VA. Ryan heads West to pitch tax reform  ...
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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 in Charlottesville, VA.  While some Congressional Republicans have shied away from the President in recent days, there is still broad support for tax reform. With Bannon gone, one issue could get the White...
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GOP Fears President’s Volatile Relationships Could Jeopardize Tax Reform

President Trump’s declining relationship with his party and the business community could endanger passage of a tax reform bill.  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady stated that tax reform, which he described as the “signature issue of this presidency,” can only succeed if the President “gets on board and stays on board.”  In the wake of distracting events and the dissolution of a pair of the President’s corporate advisory groups, conservative organizations are spending millions on media campaigns to create momentum for tax reform.  Congressional Republican leaders are hoping...
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Brady Expects Economic Growth to Offset Initial Deficit Increase

Speaking at the Reagan Ranch on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady announced that the GOP tax reform plan could significantly add to the deficit during the first few years of implementation, but that resultant economic growth would eventually offset any adverse effects.  While light on specific details, Chairman Brady mentioned that House Republicans were working with their Democratic counterparts to find common ground for tax reform.  A full video of the speech may be found here. GOP Chairman:  Tax reform could increase...
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Republicans Confident on Selling Tax Reform

The GOP believes it will have an easier time selling the American populace on tax reform than it did on Healthcare reform.  In order to elicit support, Republican lawmakers intend to emphasize the effects of tax reform policies on their constituents, including tax cuts, more jobs, more take-home pay, and a simpler tax code.  According to political strategists, stripping tax preferences for special interests from the tax code and explaining how tax reform will improve the job market for everyone will help counter Democrats’ arguments related to wealth inequality and favoritism. GOP thinks it...
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September to be a Crucial Month for the Trump Administration

In September, the White House and Congress will have to address the debt ceiling, the federal budget, tax reform, and possibly another effort to repeal Obamacare.  White House aides have been negotiating these issues in New York while formulating plans to curb the President’s lofty expectations over the complicated, and likely bitterly contested, matters.  Tax reform is a primary focus, with several members of the Trump administration intent upon quickly resolving budget matters and moving to the topic.  President Trump, who has publicly expressed his frustration with Senate Majority Leader...
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