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House Approves Three New Tax Bills

On September 27, 2018, the House approved two bills that are part of a second package of tax law changes advanced by House Republicans (“Tax Reform 2.0”). The first bill would create universal savings accounts, expand the utility of section 529 education savings plans, and make the offering of employee retirement plans more accessible for small businesses. The second bill would provide...

Tax Reform 2.0 Will Likely Not Be Passed By Congress Before Midterms

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady recently stated that the three tax bills that together comprise the new tax reform package will likely not get through the Senate before midterm elections. The House Ways and Means Committee previously passed the bills through committee. The House is expected to vote the legislation later this month. Read More: Top House tax writer Kevin...

Tax Reform 2.0 Approved by House Ways and Means Committee

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the Tax Reform 2.0 package consisting of three bills. This overhaul package would make permanent the TCJA’s reduced rates for individuals along with several other provisions, including the $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, and the 20% deduction on certain pass-through business income.  A proposed amendment to repeal the...

Draft of Tax Reform 2.0 Introduced in Congress

House of Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady recently highlighted the introduction of three new tax bills that together comprise the new tax reform package. The drafts of new tax legislation deal primarily with individuals, retirement savings, and small businesses. H.R. 6760, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018, would extend the 20 percent deduction on...

Tax Reform 2.0 to be Marked Up This Thursday

According to its Chairman Kevin Brady, the House Ways and Means Committee will consider and mark-up “Tax Reform 2.0” legislation this Thursday. Released early last week, the Tax Reform 2.0 package consists of three bills to make permanent the individual tax cuts, pass-through provision under Section 199A and state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act....

Section 168(k) Administrative Solutions Possible for QIP Error; Partnership Remedial Allocations

On August 16, the Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to Treasury clarifying the drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that failed to make qualified improvement property (QIP) eligible for 100% bonus depreciation under section 168(k). Ellen Martin, a tax policy adviser in the Treasury Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, commented that the letter was welcome but may not be...

Nunes’s Proposed Legislation Would Consider Inflation in Determining Capital Gains Tax

Devin Nunes, a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has introduced legislation to index capital gains for inflation. Under Nunes’s legislation, the tax basis of a capital asset for purposes of calculating capital gains would be adjusted for inflation. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate, and Congressional Republicans are...

Tax Law Discourages U.S. Investment and Leaves Taxpayers in the Dark, According to New Report from Senate Finance Democrats

A recent report released by the Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden asserts that the new tax legislation has resulted in “more complexity, loopholes and incentives to ship jobs overseas.” According to the report, the global intangible low taxed income (“GILTI”) provisions create a new web of complexity and leave taxpayers in the dark regarding future investment decisions....

Tax Reform 2.0 Not Expected to Address International Provisions

According to Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo, tax reform 2.0 will not address international tax provisions, such as BEAT or GILTI.  Instead, the next round of tax legislation is projected to focus on making the individual provisions permanent.  The excluded provisions are expected to be addressed in a future, separate technical corrections bill.  Curbelo also noted that the draft...

Vote on Technical Corrections Bill Not Expected Until After Midterm Elections

While House Republicans are in the process of drafting a technical corrections bill, House Republican leaders do not expect vote a on the bill until after the midterm elections in November. The technical corrections bill would be separate from the “phase 2” tax legislation that would make the individual tax cuts implemented by the 2017 tax act permanent. Kevin Brady, chairman of the...

Legislative Changes to the International TCJA Provisions to Be Considered

In a recent interview, Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated that legislative changes to the international provisions of the TJCA are in the works and that these changes may be included in the legislation associated with phase 2 of tax reform, which Brady indicated would be reviewed by House Republicans in July. President Trump has also weighed in on the...

Phase Two of Tax Reform Will Retain Pretax Benefits of 401(k) Plans

A spokesperson from the House Ways and Means Committee recently stated that the new tax proposals will not revise the pretax treatment of 401(k) savings plans. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brady previously stated, in an interview, that the phase 2 tax proposal might address retirement and include a savings element. Read More: Ways & Means Quashes Rothification Concerns...

Markup for Legislation for Phase 2 of Tax Reform Is Expected After August

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady indicated that a new tax bill may be marked up after the August recess, a date later than his previous estimate. Brady also noted that parts of the phase 2 legislation may be pulled from previous Senate and House proposals. Read More: Phase 2 Markup Likely Delayed Until After August...

Congress Unlikely to Act on Technical Corrections until after November Elections

Congress appears unlikely to pass a technical corrections bill for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prior to the November elections. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn stated that the corrections are not imminent, and as an indication of further delay, Kevin Brady, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has stated that any technical corrections will be affected by the guidance released by...

House Budget Would Extend Individual TJCA Provisions

On June 19, 2018, the House Budget Committee released a 10-year budget plan that, if passed, would provide a vehicle to extend the individual tax provisions enacted under the TJCA past their current expiration date in 2025 through the budget reconciliation process. To help reduce the cost of extending the cuts, the budget plan requires committees to submit legislation to reduce the...


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