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Eighteen Guidance Priorities and New Projects Released in Second Quarter Update to Priority Guidance Plan

The second quarter update to the 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan was released by the Treasury and IRS this past Wednesday. It sets forth eighteen priorities for guidance on tax issues stemming from the Tax Act, including for new sections 965 and 163(j), and other international sections. The update also contains projects that are hoped to be completed through June 30, 2018. These...

“Permanent Tax Cuts of Americans Act” Introduced by the House

This past Monday, Republican House Representative Rodney Davis introduced H.R. 4886, to make the individual provisions of the newly enacted tax law permanent.  Under this bill, subtitles A and B of the tax law, which lower the individual tax rates, would be extended past their 2025 sunset dates with the goal to “provide future tax relief for individual taxpayers”. Read the Bill here:...

CRS Report Analyzes 2017 Federal Tax System In Anticipation of Tax Bill Changes

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published Report 7-5700 on December 26, 2017, which provides an overview of the federal tax system as in effect through 2017. The report notes that the new tax bill, H.R. 1, will generate broad changes for individuals (personal exemptions; standard deduction) and businesses (different tax rate for pass-through business income; territorial tax...

California Proposes Bill to Permit Donations Instead of State Taxes as Challenge to New Federal Tax Bill

The California legislature has introduced a bill that permits residents to donate to a state “public purpose” fund and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their returns. This donation is intended to be deductible for federal tax purposes as a means of circumventing the new $10,000 cap on state/local tax deductions included in the recently passed tax bill. White House economic...

Title: Tax Bill Passes in House

House Republicans voted to pass the Senate’s revised version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts today. Read More: House sends sweeping GOP tax bill to Trump’s desk

Tax Bill Passes in Senate Wednesday Morning, House Expected to Vote (Again) Later Today

Senate Republicans voted to pass a revised version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts early Wednesday morning. The House voted yesterday in favor of the legislation, however several minor provisions of the bill did not comply with Senate rules and had to be removed. The House is expected to vote on the revised version of the bill sometime today. Read More:  Senate passes sweeping GOP tax...

House Passes Revised Bill; Senate to Vote as Early as Tonight

The House has passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as revised by the Conference Committee, along party lines. The bill will now go to the Senate, who may vote as early as this evening. Should the bill pass both houses, it will be sent to President Trump to sign into law. Read more:  House Passes Final Tax Bill; Senate Votes Next on Republican...

Congress to Begin Voting on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Today

With the Conference Agreement finalized, the Agreement must be approved by both the House and Senate, and once approved, it will head to President Trump for his signature. The House is expected to vote later today, and the Senate will vote soon afterwards, either today or tomorrow. Read more:  Tax Voting Starts...

Conference Committee Agreement Released for Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

House and Senate Republicans unveiled their collective tax bill with the Conference Report and Agreement early Friday night. The text follows the Senate bill, but resolves differences between the Senate and House bills, and makes modifications and clarifications throughout. Republicans are expected to vote this week. Conference Report and Bill Read more: GOP unveils sweeping tax...

Conference Committee to Release Tax Bill and Report Tonight but Passage not Guaranteed

The conference committee has announced they will approved a conference report on the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The report and the bill text will be released tonight. The Republicans can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate in order to pass the final version.  Senator Marco Rubio announced that he will not support the tax bill unless Senate Republicans are able...

With a Consensus Tax Bill, Christmas May Come Early for Republicans

An agreement between Senate and House Republicans on a tax bill was finalized Wednesday morning. According to lawmakers and reports from aides, Senate and House Republicans have agreed to provisions including the following: • Corporate tax rate will drop from 35% to 21%, to go in effect in 2018. • Individuals will be allowed to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local taxes, split...

House-Senate Conference Committee Meeting on Republican Tax Reform Bill Held Today

The House-Senate Conference Committee met today to discuss the previously passed Senate and House versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. During this meeting the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Thomas Barthold, provided a brief overview of the key differences in the tax bills and answered questions regarding the two bills in question. This is the only such meeting of...

Conference Committee Working to Resolve House and Senate Differences

Conference Committee negotiators in the House and Senate over the weekend did not reach a compromise on the different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The main issues include the timing of the 20% corporate rate cut and whether to allow deductions for state and local taxes. Currently, Congressional Republicans hope to finalize the bill by December 20th, and Kevin Brady, Chair of...

Brady Indicates That Tax Legislation Will Include Repeal of Individual Mandate

The Senate voted to go to conference in order to reconcile their tax bill with the House Tax bill today. However, there are many differences that need to be worked out between the two bills. Key differences include the repeal of the alternative minimum tax, the implementation timing of the corporate tax rate reduction, and the repeal of the individual mandate. The repeal of the...

House Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to Conference Committee

The House voted Monday to send the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The committee has 14 House total members, 9 Republican and 5 Democratic. The Republican members are: Keven Brady (the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee), Ron Bishop, Diane Black, Kristi Noem, Devin Nunes, Peter Roskam,...


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